It seems I’ve been gathering material for this blog about aging my entire life. Funny how we don’t really start to use the word aging until our later years. We don’t talk about toddlers and teenagers “aging” but rather growing up, so at 62 I’m not sure if I’m aging or still growing up!
My amazing grandparents started my deep love for and fascination with older adults at a very early age. Born between 1896-1908, their unique gifts and experiences shaped my life in significant ways. Fortunately for me, all four of them – pictured here in 1976, although not next to their respective spouses for some reason – lived until I was in my 30’s and I had a great grandmother until I was 26. Not so unusual anymore but it was then. You’ll be hearing more about Helen and Girstle Hague, Helen and Jack Harbin as well as Emily Della Koonce Harbin (Big Grandma as we called her) in future posts.
My grandparents’ loving and constant presence provided me with a sense of safety and stability that was sorely missing in my nuclear family. As the oldest child of a very troubled family, I depended upon them for respite, protection and comfort as I tried to navigate my way and help my younger siblings. I truly don’t know what I would have done without them. So, it’s with deep gratitude as well as their strong, loving influence and support that many years later I begin this blog in their honor and memory.
Finally, I want to acknowledge the inspiration that I received from my late brother Ed Hague who was a blogger extraordinaire! At only 58, he died of metastatic prostate cancer in August 2015. The last 2 1/2 years of his life Ed wrote a wonderful blog that was read by hundreds of people all over the world – http://www.wedonotloseheart.com. It’s still active so check it out if you get the chance. Thank you Ed for your courage, authenticity and example. I miss you every day.
I hope you’ll check back frequently, make comments, suggest topics and interact in any way you see fit!