I did not react well - AT ALL. However, I am reminded, as I contemplate the past week. My oldest friend of 35 years now, her son just got engaged, one of my baby cousins - just had his first baby, my oldest will be old enough for a driver's permit this year. I hate that I spent that time yesterday upset and frustrated - when in the big picture - there isn't much time left with them and I don't want them to have ugly memories of me.
In many ways - I don't feel as though I am aging at all (until I look in a mirror - why hasn't anyone improved the mirror yet?). In many other ways - I think about the fact that Maddy is only 5 1/2 years younger than my friend's son who just got engaged - yikes!, then I do feel like I am aging.
A reminder to myself - time is short and the impact of my reactions, words and demeanor last longer than the moment I express them.