My aunt and mother joined my uncle and I when we reviewed his poem and drawing both titled, Seeing Soul. My mother took one look at his drawing and said, “Peter, you are true to yourself just as you were as a teenager. You are still looking into yourself to see who you are ” My mother has known my uncle since she and my father, his older brother, started dating. At breakfast the next morning, my mother handed me a piece of paper. “I woke in the middle of the night and wrote this. The words came to me without any effort. I just wrote them down. I think I was influenced by your Uncle’s art session yesterday.” My parents have been married for 60 years. My aunt and uncle have been married for 50 years. My mother was my aunt’s maid of honor. Now, in the elder years, they are getting to know each other through sharing poems and drawings containing the subjects, illness and aging.
Aging by Antonietta Sciarretta, 2013
It comes slowly, on the wings of song. With god’s loving care, our songs were of great melody for many happy years. The songs were filled with the sounds of wedding bells, the patter of tiny feet, the laughter and smiles of small faces, the sound of applause at graduations and then again wedding bells and the patter of tiny feet. The flight of the wings came slowly, an unwanted wrinkle, an annoying grey hair. The wings gained speed. The songs became an opera of prostate cancer, Parkinson’s disease. And for me, a symphony of hip replacement and a stint. Now, the music is the rock and roll of annoying ailments, doctors visits, medicines, our sadness for the loss of vitality, stamina and the general ease of living.
Gratefully, the wings that carry our song are loving wings and the songs remain filled with beautiful melodies. Our hearts rejoice to love and be loved by our children, grandchildren, and the enjoyment of the companionship of dear friends. We are ever grateful to our god who has blessed us with this wonderful and long life.
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