It dawned on me awhile ago, but I am seeing it more and more how my parents are truly almost old. I say "almost" because I'm not quite ready to actually claim that they are old or elderly, even though they are 76 years of age.
On one hand, they don't act their age considering most of their peers aren't working out at the local gym three times a week, wearing younger style clothes, and keeping up with the current news while sipping on their daily 5:00 P.M. cocktail hour martinis. If you happen to be over around that time of the day, you'll also be included in their one or two rounds of drinks.
As a matter of fact, they don't even look their ages for the most part. People outside of the family usually guess them about 10 years younger which delights them to no end. Mom's skin shows some wear and tear with her dry skin, scattered wrinkles, and occasional sunspots masked ever so slightly with cover up cream. The blue eyeshadow on her already blue eyes and her pink lipstick smile make you forget that she truly is a senior citizen. While Dad's oily skin displays no wrinkles or creases, his increased instances of forgetfulness and propensity to repeat the same story over and over betrays his younger looking face and six foot tall thin physique. Over the past year, I have also noticed a look upon his face, here and there, that one notices on the elderly when they are confused or lost in reverie. It is the exact opposite kind of look that my younger father used to possess....the one that could bring me to tears because of its sternness.
What made me think about my parents and how they really are "getting" old? We all attended a wake service for a mutual acquaintance the other night. Not only was the dead woman lying in the coffin close to my parents' age, my parents were the oldest couple among the other visitors paying their last respect. As I made my round of polite visits with loved ones, I witnessed my Dad simply sitting in a chair lost in his own thoughts, although surrounded by people. My Mom standing nearby, looked thinner than I've noticed before. Her shoulders and bust area are becoming less prominent compared to when she was younger....and not even that much younger.
As I left the place, it dawned on me that my parents really are old and that they're not going to be around forever like I once thought.