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I would like to introduce all of you to my mom, Strella Pedro. She is my biggest fan and my resident expert on the art of aging. She asked me if she could share something on my blog and I was more than happy for her to do it. Now, it is important for everyone to know that she had to push through the pain of arthritis and fibromyalgia  just to type up her insight on this topic of aging. She did it via email to me on her smart phone. It took several tries and I was excited to receive it and now share it with you. I think it is also important to elaborate a fact that she mentions in her writing, that several months ago she had a bad fall and broke her hip. While in rehab, she tripped and fell again and fractured the lower part of her back. Recovery has been long and arduous, but she has shown herself to be determined to live and not give up. In a few weeks, she will be 85 and I am so very proud of her sense of humor in this whole process of aging. I have included my favorite photo of her below and so without further adieu, here is what she wrote.

Hi my fellow aging women, my name is Strella. I am 84 years old, soon to be 85. Now, my boobs may be looking more at my toes, my saggy arms make me look like I have wings, and my thinning gray hair definitely makes me look old. I have accepted all of these external pieces of evidence that I am an older woman, but, what we notice on the outside does not define who we are on the inside.

Some of my best years of my life were in my 70’s because my husband was with me and we enjoyed the aging process together. We talked more, laughed more and enjoyed each other’s company more. It has been seven years since his passing and I miss him every day. Aging alone is not fun.

But I have taken solace in the company of my children and grandchildren. Since my accident that resulted in a broken hip,  I have been with my son and his family. His wife has been such a blessing to me, helping me do the physical things I no longer can do. I am never far from the assistance of my walker and though move slower, I am grateful to be able to move at all. I have had so much time for reflection and choose to live out my life having the faith in a loving God and the love of my family.

My message is simple, do not despair over how old you are or what you look like in the process. Age with dignity and grace. Enjoy what is around you and be thankful for every day you get to wake up. Put a smile on your face, even when you do not feel like smiling. Keep yourself busy with things you love doing. Right now, I love coloring in my adult coloring book, playing my word games with my daughter and having those afternoon chats with my son and his wife. All of these things keep my mind alert and my heart full of peace.

Age with dignity and enjoy all of the days the Lord is gifting you with. Thank you for letting me share. God Bless all of you!

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