It seems that I am finding more and more opportunities to interject, “I am 29” into each conversation. On the elliptical I relish typing 29 as my age and cringe when typing in (I will not reveal it here) my weight. I don’t want to miss any opportunity to be 20ish while I still can rightfully claim it, nothing is worse than those folks who annually celebrate their 29th birthday. In the end I am not opposed to aging. As I mentioned in 2012 I will turn 30, aging is better than the alternative.
Perhaps because it’s poetry month, I keep returning to my favorite poems. At nineteen I bought a copy of Judith Virost’s When Did I Stop Being 20 and Other Injustices and I read it quickly and often during the early years of my twenties and then hid it on a shelf. perhaps subconsciously believing that if it were out of sight, I wouldn’t have to identify with the final poem in the collection. This morning her poem, Facing the Facts, entered my head.
|Facing the Facts (Judith Viorst)|
Ahh Ms. Viorst, you say it so well. It’s the idea that no one will ever remark on your ability to have done it so young!! With two months to go, there isn’t much time to squeeze in another major accomplishment.
I knew that Viorst wrote other texts like, How Did I Get To Be 40 and Other Atrocities , but I didn’t know that this has been a lifelong project on aging. Hyperbole is her gift (who does love Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day). Here are her titles:
The age-related poetry series
- It’s Hard to Be Hip Over 30 & Other Tragedies of Married Life (1968)
- How Did I Get to Be 40 & Other Atrocities (1976)
- Forever 50 & Other Negotiations (1989)
- Suddenly 60 & Other Shocks of Later Life (2000)
- I’m Too Young to Be 70 & Other Delusions (2005)
- Unexpectedly 80 & Other Adaptations (2010)
So, I’ve added a few of her titles to my reading queue at the library. Watching her book trailer for Unexpectedly 80 & Other Adaptations , I was stunned. At 80, I hope to be as glamorous, elegant, eloquent and hilariously articulate as Viorst. She makes aging so cool.