Seattle is one of my favorite cities. I am here for the weekend, mainly to see Allen Stone and the band (which includes my son, the bass player) perform at the Paramount Theater. The show last night was sold out, and the group did not disappoint Allen’s home town crowd. Of course I was not disappointed, but hey, I’m the mom of the bass player – not exactly unbiased, I admit.
Don’t worry. I’m not going to just go on and on about my wonderful son. I know that may not be all that interesting to many of you. So . . . I promise to tie in some health and nutrition themes.
Let’s talk about age. My kids call me “old”, a “geezer”, etc. (all in fun, of course, because otherwise I would give them a good whack, even if they are 20-something). There is, in fact, no more of a reality check on chronological age than attending a show put on by a group of young musicians.
This is not so true when one attends a show by an older artist – say, Jackson Browne. When Peter and I recently did just that, we found ourselves in the midst of an amazingly homogeneous group of people with lots of gray hair (or no hair at all). We looked at each other, wondering if it could really be possible that we did not look out of place, considering how young we must look – hah! We may be a bit in denial about the aging process, but we are not completely delusional.
This is when I remind myself how much FUN I am having! I am truly happier than ever, and I am looking forward to many of the parts of what comes next: grandchildren, travel, time with friends, time for hobbies, in general more TIME.
So I am a little on the more “experienced” end of the groupie spectrum. I’m OK with that. A young spirit can be cultivated. Staying healthy really, REALLY helps. And please try to avoid magnifying makeup mirrors. Every time I stay in a hotel, I am reminded of how “distorting” they are. I prefer the look from a few feet away – which actually works just fine as my eyes get more “seasoned” with time. Continue reading