©2003 Susan Noyes Anderson, His Children – photograph by Anita Schiller
The old regard the new
with disapproving view,
resentful of the day
ebullience slips away.
A dreadful thing, it seems
to let go of one’s dreams.
A pity too, for age
is just a stage.
“At fifty, everyone has the face he deserves.”
“You don’t stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing.”
George Bernard Shaw
“It’s paradoxical that the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone, but
the idea of getting old doesn’t appeal to anyone.”