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A word from the Peanuts gallery

I fret a lot about aging. There’s a lot of white hair. And wrinkles. And drooping.

And that’s just above the neck.

I have to do that thing where I perch my glasses on the tip of my nose to see better (no, it doesn’t also help me hear better).

I spend a lot of time wondering why I entered a room or opened a browser window.

I either can’t stay awake or can’t stay sleeping — the best part of that one is that each night it is a surprise.

And if I do happen to be sleeping I might have to wake up several times to remove the covers or pull them up again. (One night this week, I awoke to find the entire comforter in a puddle on Basil’s side of the bed. When I complained the next morning, he said, “What do you care? You spend most of the night throwing it off you.” Fair point.)

I’m suddenly too old for many things — including my daughter’s music, much of my wardrobe and any meal with too much spice or grease.


At this time of year, there’s one thing to remind me I still have one foot that hasn’t yet gone over the hill. “A Charlie Brown Christmas” starts in 30 minutes, and I’ll be watching.

Will you?

Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Shopping

Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Shopping (Photo credit: K!T)

About Terri S. Vanech

Wife, mother, communications specialist, Jazzercise instructor and recently reunited adoptee. I'm living out loud -- and trying to make it all work -- in midlife. Having a sense of humor sure helps.


8 thoughts on “A word from the Peanuts gallery

  1. For our generation, no matter how old we get, it wouldn’t be Christmas without those TV classics. A Charlie Brown Christmas is at the top of the list. Got them all on DVD. Hoping my kids will make it part of their Christmas for years to come.

    Posted by Mike Colaluca | November 29, 2012, 2:40 pm
  2. Terri, no need to fret about aging. It will take care of itself. You don’t need to lose your mental faculties either, even if it seems like you are at times. Teaching Jazzercise will help plenty. Exercise helps your brain as much as your body. Keep up the good work.


    Posted by johnandtony1 | November 29, 2012, 4:38 am
  3. We watched the lighting of the Rockefeller Center tree. At least I had heard of 3 of the groups singing — Tony Bennett, Rod Stewart and Mariah Carey. The others? Never. I need to watch Charlie Brown, and the Grinch, and Wizard of Oz.

    Posted by Karen Waggoner | November 28, 2012, 10:44 pm

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