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I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Y is for YOUTH

I looked at myself in the mirror the other day and thought, "Where did the years go?"  It was a rather depressing thought that I can remember more than what is yet to come.  I guess in these days, though, youth can be a matter of perspective.  Lots of people age physically faster than others while others can fool people by retaining youthful looks. 

I reminisce about all the yesterdays - all the good times along with the bad times (although I do try to put these moments out of my mind or else I'd lose my mind!)  Just what IS youth?  It seems to me that when I was a youth, we were innocent, naïve to a point, and looked forward to the future and all it had in store for us.  The youth of today are so much more sophisticated than we were, generally less mannerly, and more socially connected due to the technological revolution.  It's just - different.

I noticed that a movie called "Youth" is coming to town soon - its release date was December 15, 2015.  I watched the trailer and am adding it here so you can have a peek.  It stars Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, and Jane Fonda.  Take a look and see if it might be your cup of tea.

I just hope that, God willing, I will still have many more joyful tomorrows than I've had lousy yesterdays, especially recently.

So with 2016 upon on, may I wish you all a very Happy New Year and "take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne!"

Many, many thanks to the youthful Denise Nesbitt, the creator of ABC Wednesday, and to that old Yankee Roger, our administrator.  Also, thanks to the team who have made yearlong treks over to every contributor to make sure everyone gets comments and who also share in doing the introductions. 


ellen b. said...

A very happy New Year to you, too, Leslie. I hope that 2016 is kinder and more joyful for you!

Susan Rafael Otter Jolie Nixon said...

youth is a good word for y.

Reader Wil said...

Any movie with Michael Caine must be a good one.
Happy New Year, Leslie
Wil, ABCW Team

GaynorB said...

With my very best wishes the new year. I hope 2016 will be a better year bor you.

Melody Steenkamp said...

Ahh Michael, ons of my favorite actors..

Youth... long gone here also but truth to be told, i don't mind at all. I wouldn't want to go back in time no matter what.

Have a nice ABC-day / ABC-week
♫ M e l o d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

Trubes said...

I miss my YOUTH we has so much fun in Liverpool during the Sixties 'Beatles and The Cavern and all the fab groups home grown from Liverpool !
i guess I'm a little sad after just losing my sister, however,
dear Leslie, I wish you a fantastic New YEAR in 2016 and look forward to
meeting you again,
with love,
Di. xx

EG CameraGirl said...

Leslie, so sorry about the lousy yesterdays and hope the coming year is wonderful for you1

photowannabe said...

Life is so full of twists and turns, good and bad.
I really don't have any desire to go back to my YOUTH. It was good and I agree that we were a lot more naive and innocent than Youth today. That being said I don't relish going through the pain of growing up again.
I really don't have that many more years to my life but I would like to live them to the fullest.
Happy New Year and pray this year will be filled with joy and peace.

fredamans said...

I'd watch it just for Michael Caine. :-)

Lea said...

Many blessings to you in the New Year!

carol l mckenna said...

Wonderful post for Y and I can certainly relate ~ time has a way of 'zipping by' ~

Wishing you a Healthy and Happy New Year,
artmusedog and carol

Ann said...

I'm praying 2016 is a really good one for you Leslie.

Hildred said...

I love Michael Caine! It will be my cup of tea.... I do think the youth of today are not inspired to be responsible for their own actions and that is probably the result of an overly paternalistic government.

Roger Owen Green said...

YOUTH is playing at my favorite movie theater right now. After I FINALLY see SPOTLIGHT, may that will be next!


Gattina said...

I think I would love this film ! I remember my youth with pleasure ! I had such a lot of fun, going out dancing every weekend, no worries nothing ! Was a great time !

Su-sieee! Mac said...

I'm definitely seeing this movie. Living with a 90+ year old mama gives me a perspective that being 60+ is youthful. Cheers to our new trip around the sun!
The View from the Top of the Ladder

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

I try not to think of age, but yesterday, an ex colleague said, some students have retired and become grandparents.

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Hi Lesley , whilst we have a lot of responsible Youth, we do have many more Youth that I think are undesirables. If my grandchildren turned out like them I would be ashamed. No manners , can be quite frightening actually. Whole new generation.

Like the look of the film , thanks for the link.

Take care Anne xx

Powell River Books said...

When I look in the mirror, what I see doesn't match the way I feel inside. Guess that's a good thing. My mom looked youthful (or at least many years younger than her age) even at 96. Maybe all those creams morning and night helped. I've been too lazy to keep up with that. - Margy