With older and younger generations on either side, Pippa Bonner considers the spiritual aspects of growing older. She writes as part of the Dympna Circle, three women writers who reflect on spiritual and therapeutic issues.
Three of us write as the Dympna Circle for The Pastoral Review. Last year we all had grandchildren born within a six week period, and my fourth grandchild was born. I offer this personal reflection about getting older.
I recently celebrated my sixty-fourth birthday and my new grand-daughter Emily shares this birthday with me, as indeed does her father’s sister! I remember listening to the song When I’m Sixty Four, newly released by the Beatles, when I had just completed my Scottish Highers. We were sitting in the lovely Perthshire sunshine, behind the Refectory, so the nuns couldn’t see us lifting our divided skirts – ever so slightly – to tan ourselves. Sixty four years old seemed a world away – and indeed it has been. At the risk of falling foul of copyright law, I assume reader familiarity with the Beatles’ words. I do keep receiving ‘valentines’ from my husband, and I do ‘knit sweaters’ for the grandchildren – who are not called ‘Vera, Chuck and Dave’.