Thursday, July 28, 2011

Old Age - A River of Stones

Remains of building from 1800's along Mineral Belt Trail, Leadville, CO
I wouldn't want to be young again. My weathered facade is well-earned. I lean a bit, swayback. My ancient bones are thinning. I'm more open, accessible. Strangers and varmints intrude on my space. The barriers and signs that once meant "keep out," are now flimsy and mostly disregarded.  Privacy is a thing of the past. Oh, I've seen some sights in my day, overheard plenty of conversations. If you have the time, I can tell you some tales. I'm of a certain age, but I've endured. I have my self-respect. I'm still standing.

During the month of July, I'm participating with other writers from around the World in


  1. Hmmm, it looks like what we would call an outdoor dunny! But has its own beauty nevertheless. I like the way you personify it, with resulting ambiguity. It must be so much like that for many old people too.

  2. LOVE this shot! Yes, it may have seen better days but NOW it has character it didn't have way back when. :)

  3. I, too, like the ambiguity.

    A great story to go with a wonderful photo.

    I think that I'd like to be young again... but not too young. It's nice being comfortable in my own skin in a way that I wasn't when I was "young".

  4. This building leans in the same direction I lean both physically and physically. A wonderful photo and some great words to match.

  5. oh, now you must know that I really really like this, and why! EXCELLENT!

  6. yes, I will bet it could tell some stories.
    When I went to the library this week, I got another Sandra Dallas book set in 1920, in your Ten Mile Range. I haven't started it yet, but the first of the series was good.

  7. I would love hearing some of those tales! I love aging, well except for the knees! You learn some interesting things along the way.
    That building is awesome Barb, I'd love to go take a peek!
    Love Di ♥

  8. There are definite plusses to aging - a better sense of self. You are so right about openness and no thoughts of what others think.


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