As one gets older or( as Yeats so ably puts it in Song of the Old Mother) 'the seed of the fire grows feeble and cold', alterations to the Status Quo - or even threatened alterations - are somehow much more disturbing. Things - events, happenings,changes of fortune - seem to have been taken in my stride. Now it is not so. Is this an age thing? Do you find that the older you get the less able you are to cope with changes?
First of all there is a threat to the health of my daughter-in-law (already a semi-invalid), which happily turned out not to be serious; then immediately another very dear friend has a stroke and goes away to hospital; then this morning I met another friend of many years standing, who is now in her eighties and walks very badly, so that even with a wheeled trolley in one hand and a stick in the other, her passage across the market square looked very precarious.
Later on, as our Friday group sat in the Golden Lion over coffee, as we do every Friday morning (I sometimes wonder what other clientelle think to us as we chat and laugh out loud) an elderly friend called to see us and fell in the doorway. She has Parkinson's Disease and is really rather frail.
I don't find it depressing on the whole. I feel very well and lead a very active life both socially and around the house, but surely this is an age thing. The older one gets the more one's life is going to be altered and various inroads are going to be made into the Status Quo. One answer is to have plenty of young friends - there is nothing better for keeping a body young than to have to keep up with younger people (and don't I know it as the farmer is considerably younger than me!) But I would love to know how readers of my blog cope with such changes.
Incidentally - I do think daily blogging helps an awful lot. It gets all kind of niggly things off one's chest and opens up issues to the wider world for comment. So please do feel free to leave your suggestions.