My mom is the type of person I want to be when I grow up. She embodies my vision of the perfect retirement: At age 69, she’s incredibly active, exercising about three hours every day. She recently earned her fourth-degree black belt in karate. She practices Tai Chi. She bikes – usually on the stationary bike but sometimes outside. And she recently became a runner, racing her first-ever 5K just last summer. She also lifts weights. And she walks just about everywhere. Oh, and she has an about-half-acre yard with a giant vegetable garden and spectacularly gorgeous landscaping that she maintains.
Did I mention she and my stepfather also travel frequently? And they eagerly give much of their time to my two boys (and their other grandchildren when they’re in the area). Indeed, age has not slowed my mother down. I say “age” – but really I don’t think of her as having “aged.” In my eyes and my children’s eyes she seems more youthful and vibrant than many who have lived only half her years. Read the full article »