race against time

by humanmama on May 31, 2012

Holy cow, I am getting old. Either that, or I am 8 months pregnant. Maybe both–it’s so hard to tell at this stage. If you’re ever feeling young and virile, I suggest getting pregnant to really put some perspective into your life. When Carpenter and the family and I were in Michigan this last week, we visited my grandma, and she lapped me three times in a walker.

Aging and pregnancy are really similar. You swell. You slow down. You can’t take the heat. You need to stop for a rest every so often. Only small differences exist between the two, actually, like I’m sure my 85-year-old grandmother never lays down but still sees alien life moving under her belly. Or, at least, for me it’s normal and for her it’s something she should probably get checked out.

This last weekend when we were out of town I could feel myself turning 90, fragile and easily burned in the sun. It was a fun trip, but the ol’ body, she hardly made it. The drive back was horrible, and I told Carpenter “I’m not sure how long I can drive, but I’ll take the first leg.” Which turned out to be about 35 minutes before I laid, exhausted, in the front seat, pillows tucked around me, and he took the next 6 or 7 hours of driving. Ahh, thank heaven, for good partners.

The best part of being pregnant–as opposed to aging, that is–is that someday this will all be over. And I shall go on, and prosper, and maybe become in my 30s again, and not have to keep on being 97. But it definitely gives me some insight into what life could be like, and, God willing, will be like one day, when I’m actually 90. So with all the complaining, I tell ya–it’s not so bad. This too shall pass.

In the meantime, I’m sure Nana didn’t mind having someone she could beat in a race.

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Maura May 31, 2012 at 8:39 am

I love this post. My sister and I joke that when you are pregnant it is the only time when your workouts get easier and easier while simultaneously getting harder to do! :)


aj June 1, 2012 at 5:47 am

Totally! Suddenly my workouts consist of, mostly, getting out of bed, and up off of the couch!


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