Glawe's Outlook

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

When I'm an old lady

I have "threatened" my kids that when I am old I will live with them instead of spending my last years in a nursing home. And they, in turn, have teasingly argued over the idea about passing me around to give everyone the "opportunity" to be with me as I age.

And lo and behold, I received this email that sums up exactly how I want my life to be when I am living with my children. It is bound to bring some smiles to you as it did me.

When I'm an old lady, I'll live with each kid,

And bring so much happiness...just as they did.

I want to pay back all the joy they've provided.

Returning each deed! Oh, they'll be so excited!

I'll write on the wall with reds, whites and blues,

And I'll bounce on the furniture...wearing my shoes.

I'll drink from the carton and then leave it out.

I'll stuff all the toilets and oh, how they'll shout!

When they're on the phone and just out of reach,

I'll get into things like sugar and bleach.

Oh, they'll snap their fingers and then shake their head,

When they cook dinner and call me to eat,

I'll not eat my green beans or salad or meat,

I'll gag on my okra, spill milk on the table,

And when they get angry...I'll run... if I'm able!

I'll sit close to the TV, through the channels I'll click,

I'll cross both eyes just to see if they stick.

I'll take off my socks and throw one away,

And play in the mud 'til the end of the day!

And later in bed, I'll lay back and sigh,

I'll thank God in prayer and then close my eyes.

My kids will look down with a smile slowly creeping,

And say with a groan, "She's so sweet when she's sleeping!"

I hope my kids see this column so they are prepared for what their lives -with me - will be like!

* Reach the columnist at lglawe@stormlakepilottribune.com