View Full Version : I'm not 70, but I can identify

10-03-2003, 09:41 PM
In April, Maya Angelou was interviewed by Oprah...on her 70+ birthday.

Maya really is a marvel who has led quite an interesting and exciting
life. Oprah asked her what she thought of growing older. And, there on
television, she said it was "exciting." Regarding body changes, she said
there were many, occurring everyday...like her breasts. They seem to be
in a race to see which will reach her waist, first. The audience laughed
so hard they cried.

She is such a simple and honest woman...with so much wisdom in her
words. Because of that, I share this....

by Maya Angelou

When I was in my younger days,

I weighed a few pounds less,

I needn't hold my tummy in

to wear a belted dress.

But now that I am older,

I've set my body free;

There's the comfort of elastic

Where once my waist would be.

Inventor of those high-heeled shoes

My feet have not forgiven;

I have to wear a nine now,

But used to wear a seven.

And how about those pantyhose-

They're sized by weight, you see,

So how come when I put them on

The crotch is at my knee?

I need to wear these glasses

As the print's been getting smaller;

And it wasn't very long ago

I know that I was taller.

Though my hair has turned to gray

and my skin no longer fits,

On the inside, I'm the same old me,

It's the outside's changed a bit.

But, on a positive note...

I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today,
life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I've learned that you
can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three
things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.
I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents,
you'll miss them when they're gone from your life. I've learned that
making a "living" is not the same thing as making a "life." I've learned
that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I've learned that you
shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands. You need
to be able to throw something back.

I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I
usually make the right decision. I've learned that even when I have
pains, I don't have to be one. I've learned that every day you should
reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly
pat on the back. I've learned that I still have a lot to learn. I've
learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what
you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

Please send this to five phenomenal women today. If you do, something
good will happen: You will boost another woman's self esteem.

(If you don't ...the elastic will break and your panty hose will fall
down around your ankles.)