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Friday, September 24, 2010

Photo Challenge: Golden All Their Years

This week’s photo challenge at Razmataz was “age” The prompt suggested photos of things (rusty, shabby) but my thoughts did not go in that direction.

Instead I started thinking about all the people who have touched my life who are “aged”. People who haven’t slowed down much in their ‘golden years’ and continue very active lives.

They are true inspirations to me.

“Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

Herb - 107 year old. Former motorcycle daredevil, Harley shop owner from 1933 to 1971.

“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.” ~Mark Twain

Margie - 87 year old. Helping with meals to feed 30+ people on a mission trip to Lynch, KY. Participated in a medical mission trip to Brazil at age 89.

“The key to successful aging is to pay as little attention to it as possible.” ~ Judith Regan

Martha – Approximately 75 years old. Participating in a quilting bee with her missions group.

"In all of us there is a hunger, marrow deep, to know our heritage - to know who we are and where we came from." ~ Alex Haley, “Roots”

Betty - 90 year old. Sharing family history with Himself in her home.

“We should all have one person who knows how to bless us despite the evidence, Grandmother was that person to me.” ~ Phyllis Theroux

Getti – approximately 75 years old. Ethiopian grandmother raising her granddaughter Sintayehu – our Compassion sponsor child.

“It is a rare and difficult attainment to grow old gracefully and happily.” ~ Arnold Palmer

Lorraine – 85 years old. On a hay ride to go pick apples that we would cook up for supper that night.

“Our society must make it right and possible for old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them, for the test of a civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members.” ~ Pearl S. Buck

Elderly Mexican lady waiting for medical treatment at a mission clinic.


  1. The Pearl buck quote is my favorite and if only we would do it. ♥O

  2. Wonderful post and interpretation of the theme! :)

  3. What a wonderful tribute to these people! :) Kit

  4. When my youngest daughter was maid-of-honour at her best friend's wedding, she volunteered to take care of the ancient aunts and uncles coming from Ireland. When I asked her why she had done this, she looked at me in amazement, saying "Mum...have you heard their stories! They are wonderful. Why would I want to hang out with a bunch of young boring people who have been nowhere and done nothing, when I can sit and listen to all that these people have seen and done".
    Yes...definintely our most precious assets. Beautiful post!

  5. Your post may be my favorite! And I love the quote about men growing old because they quit playing (may have to tell the hubby that one!). Great pictures, thanks for sharing!

  6. Completely beautiful post Teri. Your interpretation for this photo challenge is unexpected and perfect! ~Lili

  7. You have captured so beautifully our older treasures. Your quotes made your pictures all the more captivating and meaningful. The Mark Twain quote is one of my favorites.

  8. Beautiful. What I love about these challenges is that everyone interprets differently. I was hoping someone would do people. We all fear aging so much, yet what treasures these people are.

  9. Love the photos and the quotes - they go so well together!


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