When Darrin and I married 13 years ago…


we promised to grow old together.


Since when did “growing old” start at age 41??? Don’t people know 40 is the new 20?  Allow me to explain. We recently went to the optometrist for our annual eye exam. That’s your first clue we are becoming geezer.  We went to the doctor together! My grandparents didn’t start doing that until they were 80. And only then because one of them could no longer drive.  But there we were, Pearl and Earl, driving to the eye doctor.

My eye exam went fine. I rested my chin on that thin little bar and said “first, second, horizontal, horizontal, diagonal, yes the red dot is on the house, the last line says k-b-z-o-n-w” … you know the drill. The doctor then typed away at her computer and just like at Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, the printer produced a golden ticket that read, “Congratulations! You need reading glasses!!” I was less than thrilled. So the kind doctor walked me out to the room with glasses lining every inch of all four walls and who should be sitting there trying on spectacles? Darrin!!!!!!!! “What are you doing in here?” “I need glasses for when I drive at night. What are YOU doing here?” he smirked. “According to my golden ticket I need reading glasses.” I was so convinced I didn’t really need them, I grabbed the first pair off the wall and bought them.


Well, here we are.


I tried reading my book and dammit! The glasses helped! I should have taken more time picking out my new specs!


Darrin is pretty happy with his new set of eyes as well. So, hate to tell all of my 40-year-old friends, but…


The shit hits the fan in this decade apparently. What happens at 50? Walkers with tennis balls??








About Wendy D

I was born in San Francisco and ended up marrying a rancher in Reno, Nevada. I have a big city job anchoring the 5 o’clock news but come home to the country where my husband’s family has ranched for 5 generations.


  1. Cathy says:

    Contact lenses could be your alternative if you can wear them. You can even get them in different colors from what I’ve been told. In your 50″s, if you are lucky….here comes menopause, here comes menopause, right down menopause lane…..well, you get the idea. I say if you are lucky because a lot of women start in their 40′s. All kidding aside, age is just a number. Keep doing what you’re doing, eating right and exercising will help with the different transitions plus a yearly physical and just go with it. Like you said, 40 is the new 20 so 50 is the new 30. Right? You will be just fine if you look at all that can go right instead of worrying about what can go wrong or head south.

  2. Cathy says:

    Life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to slide in sideways, totally worn out, shouting “Holy Shit, what a ride!”

    This was the last thing you said to the graduating class of 2006 at DRHS.

    • Wendy D says:

      I loved giving that speach! I think of it often and apply it to my own life! Did I really say “shit” in front of high schoolers????

  3. Sharlea says:

    Dear Wendy,

    Yesterday was my birthday and all I really wanted was a nap. I am now 42. It’s kinda sad how excited I was about that nap. BUT, I enjoyed every second of it. :)

    Geezers Rule!

  4. sharron adams says:

    Yes, I have worn glasses for yrs. Dear Wendy you already know about life’s changes and I am glad to see the world through my glasses. by the way, channel 2 is our favorite local newscasters. enjoy your glasses and the view, world that they help you to see your life.

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