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Voices in Our Heads: Mother’s Day Memories

I am heavily invested in politics and even though election season is over politics is never ”over.” After a recent major fundraiser – which got me home very late – after a longer week of late nights – my body rebelled.

When I awoke, still tired, I heard my mother’s voice “You know – you’re not 20 anymore.”

There are other of her sayings that sometimes appear but “not 20 anymore” is the one that comes back with some regularity – especially when I am doing “things” that we ancient elders are not “supposed” to be doing.

My mom started on that mantra when I was in my 40’s and began playing competitive softball, touch football and squash. All of these come with the possibility of injuries and I was not immune: broken finger, broken ankle, sore quads, and being hit by line drives!

Ouch – but I did not stop as my own mantra is “play when hurt.” I finished a softball double header with a broken finger and ended that season only after the orthopod said further injury could result in serious permanent impairment.

I would tell my mother of my latest games – injuries or not – and she would repeat her mantra. It became a regular laughing point of all our conversations and she admitted she wished she still could do what I was doing! This continued until she died at 95 and I was in my early 60’s – still doing those sports and telling her about them.

So when I had my exhausting week – her words rang in my head and I wondered if she was somewhere shaking her head proudly saying aloud to all who listen “that daughter of mine” – then to me “You know – you’re not 20 anymore.”

  • TecZ aka Dalton C Teczon - Wri says:

    Very nice tribute Lynn. Your Mom sounds like she’s had a good and full life, sounds like a great person.I find my mind thinks I’m in my 20s, but my body remind me I’m not, lol, I know what you mean.

  • TecZ aka Dalton C Teczon - Writer says:

    Very nice tribute Lynn. Your Mom sounds like she’s had a good and full life, sounds like a great person.

    I find my mind thinks I’m in my 20s, but my body remind me I’m not, lol, I know what you mean.

  • Lynn Dorman, Ph.D., J.D. says:

    If you are commenting here to “vote” for this article – please go and comment at: http://folkheartpress.blogspot.com/that’s where the votes count :DLynn

  • Lynn Dorman, Ph.D., J.D. says:

    If you are commenting here to “vote” for this article – please go and comment at:

    http://folkheartpress.blogspot.com/that’s where the votes count 😀

    Lynn

  • Rabbi Shai Specht Spiritual Gu says:

    I meant "piece" but peace describes it too :)Love & Light

  • Rabbi Shai Specht Spiritual Guide says:

    I meant "piece" but peace describes it too 🙂
    Love & Light

  • Rabbi Shai Specht Spiritual Gu says:

    What a wonderful peace! Well written, fun and inspiring! 🙂

  • Rabbi Shai Specht Spiritual Guide says:

    What a wonderful peace! Well written, fun and inspiring! 🙂

  • Elli Fordyce says:

    Sorry, make that Lynn. I hate it when my name is misspelled or mispronounced which happens a lot, so really apologize.Elli (not Eli, not Ellie).

  • Elli Fordyce says:

    Sorry, make that Lynn. I hate it when my name is misspelled or mispronounced which happens a lot, so really apologize.

    Elli (not Eli, not Ellie).

  • Elli Fordyce says:

    Loved your post, Lyn, and can go you one better. I would have never even gone to the doc (as I haven’t since 1976 and am now at 72 still here to recommend the approach). Whatever you want to try, “it’s never too late.” Go for it.Best,Ellihttp://ellifordycesomethingstillcool.blogspot.com/

  • Elli Fordyce says:

    Loved your post, Lyn, and can go you one better. I would have never even gone to the doc (as I haven’t since 1976 and am now at 72 still here to recommend the approach). Whatever you want to try, “it’s never too late.” Go for it.

    Best,

    Elli
    http://ellifordycesomethingstillcool.blogspot.com/

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