You Can't Stay 39 Forever: Poetic Reflections on Growing Old

Overview

An exciting trip down memory lane and a look into the future.

Little Billy asked his grandmother how long she planned to stay 39, because on each birthday when asked how old she was, she would reply, "I'm still 39 and holding." To which Billy replied, "Granny do you think you can stay 39 forever?"

Far too many of us take growing old and old age too seriously. We need to lighten up...go with the flow. A sage is...

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Overview

An exciting trip down memory lane and a look into the future.

Little Billy asked his grandmother how long she planned to stay 39, because on each birthday when asked how old she was, she would reply, "I'm still 39 and holding." To which Billy replied, "Granny do you think you can stay 39 forever?"

Far too many of us take growing old and old age too seriously. We need to lighten up...go with the flow. A sage is reported to have said, "You grow up the day you can laugh at yourself."

This volume of poems presents a humerous, and at times a serious, view of growing older. It is a follow up to the author's book, "Have You Hugged Your Parents Lately?" A book in which a deep and serious look is taken at aging, it's problems and challenges.

There is a second part in this book in which the author takes a nostalgic trip back into his childhood in rural Georgia, which he refers to as, "We didn't know the depression was over until the middle 50s."

This poetic trip and the poems on aging will delight and encourage the hearts of all who read this book.

It is an ideal gift for young and old.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595180745
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/27/2001
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Table of Contents

Dedication v
Preface xiii
Part I1
1. You Can't Stay 39 Forever 3
2. Oh, For a Quiet Place 4
3. The Best of Times 5
4. As I Grow Older 6
5. Where Did My Youth Go? 8
6. Another Fall 10
7. Observations About Sleeping 11
8. I Like Old Things 12
9. I've Learned What's Important 13
10. My Needs Are Less Now 14
11. "A Little Child Shall Lead Them" 15
12. The Age Police Cometh 16
13. The Value Of Time 17
14. My Life is a Gift From God 18
15. A Man Of Real Worth 19
16. Over-the-Hill 20
17. I've Made a Great Discovery 21
18. It's Okay To Look At My Wrinkles 22
19. Content With My Spots 23
20. My Arms Are Now Too Short 24
21. These Old Bones Move Slow 25
22. Where Are My Glasses? 26
23. Don't Be Fooled By What You See 27
24. Yes, I'm Set In My Ways 28
25. I Have Missed So Much 29
26. I Pose A Small Problem 30
27. Oh Yes, I've Made Mistakes 31
28. How Old Am I? 32
29. Thank God For Today 33
30. I Want To Be A Giver 34
31. Are We Going Nuts? 35
32. A World Filled With Don'ts 36
33. All Is Not Lost 37
34. I'll Stay in the Game 39
35. A View From The Pew 42
36. That Piece of Glass 44
37. Death is Coming 45
38. Thanks to Growing Old 46
39. Old Age Is Coming 47
40. Cancel All Guilt Trips 48
41. Con Men and Old Folks 49
42. Don't Take Life Too Seriously 50
43. Hair, Hair Everywhere 51
44. Lessons I Learned While Growing Old 52
45. When I Was A Boy 54
46. I Rise Early In The Morning 56
47. Life Isn't Always Fair 57
48. Life Always Goes On 59
49. This Can't Be Progress 60
50. Moving Won't Help 61
51. I'm Old But Not Invisible 62
52. He Still Had A Beautiful Attitude 63
53. A Salute To Daddy 64
54. I Want To Grow Old 66
55. A Long Day For Daddy 68
56. You Can't Go Home Again 70
57. You Might Be Getting Old If... 72
58. Living on Fond Memories 78
59. An Understanding Family 79
60. A Place of Solitude 80
61. My Hometown 81
62. Those Old Friends of Mine 82
63. Going Home 83
64. When I Am Old I Shall Wear Overalls 84
Part 285
65. Things We Didn't Have in Rex, Georgia 87
66. Standing on Memory Banks 89
67. Chores and Discipline 91
68. The Rules Were Very Simple 92
69. Saturday at the Movies 94
70. Home Remedies And Medicines 96
71. Watching Out For Black Cats 98
72. You Can't Roller Skate on a Dirt Road 100
73. Exploring Underground Drainage Lines 101
74. My Trusty Six-Shooter 102
75. Country Hot Tubs 103
76. I Remember When 105
77. You Haven't Lived Until... 107
78. Right of Passage 109
79. Barefoot Running 111
80. Hanging Out Clothes 112
81. An Unforgettable Haircut 113
82. "We're All Gawd's Chillun" 114
83. Weather Watching 115
84. Walking on a Dirt Road 116
85. Counting Stars 117
86. A Cat Has Nine Lives 118
87. Questions About Who Is Poor 119
88. Small Dying Town 120
89. Fish on Friday 122
90. The 5 & 10 Store 123
91. Watching Trains 124
92. Living in an Antique Store 125
93. Front Porch Swings 126
94. The River 127
95. Back Seat of the Bus 129
96. Television 131
97. The Ice Box 132
98. Favorite Foods 133
99. Play Things and Toys 135
100. The Outhouse 137
101. Wringing A Chicken's Neck 138
102. Real Country Music 139
103. "Ya'll Come and See Us" 140
104. Born at Home 141
105. Shoes 143
106. Flips 144
107. Barefoot Days of Summer 145
108. My First Horse 146
109. Corn Cob War Times 147
110. The Local Deli 148
111. Smoking 149
112. House Names 150
113. Haircuts 151
114. The County Fair 152
115. Things I Still Miss 153
116. It's Not Easy Being a Boy 155
117. Time and Daddy 157
Biographical Sketch 159
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