I am not elderly. I'm a Queen-Ager!

The CDC in the US has advised the”elderly” to stay at home as much as possible to avoid the corona virus. And how old is “elderly”? Sixty! 60 years old. Well FGS that means at 70 almost 71 I must have at least one foot in the grave!

I am in denial about my age. I refuse to be called “elderly”. To me the”elderly” are those of very advanced age who are frail and physically diminished. There are also people of very advanced age who are not frail and are still going through life with gusto. It may well be the luck of the draw. Some people suffer from serious illness that takes away from their ability to be strong. Be that as it may, I hope that for however many years I live for, I will be able to be full of vigor and strength.

As I write this I am in “self isolation” on day 2 of 14 days required for everyone returning from outside Canada. My husband and I are fortunate to live in the country. We can walk and get some fresh air and exercise. We are close to the Oak Ridges Trail and so today we were out for an hour on that trail. Here are David and June at the start of the trail.

Farther along the trail opens out to a small meadow.

These trails are not maintained in the winter and so we could see tracks of other creatures who traverse on them. Here is a photo of wild turkey tracks on the left and June’s little paws on the right. There is another paw mark at the bottom right. Could be a coyote?

This afternoon we will be out again for a walk along the road. As you can see from this photo we are surrounded by farmland and not breaking any physical distancing rules from other people!

This virus is no respecter of age . Young and old have succumbed and people of all ages have died. Please respect the guidelines issued by your governments. Most of the sensible leaders in the world are calling for people to stay home. Stay safe and be well.

And just before I go….a friend told me that the term for a ‘senior’ woman is a Queen-Ager. So that is what I am . I’m a Queen-Ager!

31 Comments Add yours

  1. allenrizzi says:

    It’s better to be a Queen-Ager than what the media is pushing. I for one am not the Duke of Death or the Prince of Corona – Just another guy in his 70s who still lives young. Keep your spirits high!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Excellent! Thank you for this comment

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  2. I think you are elder but not old maa, I think both are different. Elder in the way of wisdom you are very wise, inspiring and energetic

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I like the idea of being am elder. Sadly in much of our culture now there is little respect for elders. I think it still exists in aboriginal culture but not much in most of Western culture. Thank you for this comment Subbashini!

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      1. Yes maa true it started happening little in some places. I believe we have to respect everyone, as we all are part of one.

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  3. Alli Farkas says:

    Have just added “Queen-ager” to my vocabulary. Thanks!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      You are most welcom!

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  4. Emma Cownie says:

    Glad you and your husband and June the dog got some safe fresh air. We have had people out playing in the street outside our house, despite the fact they have a 3 storey house and a long back garden to play in. People are strange.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      They are strange. Here in Canada there have been a lot of problems with people sitting together on the beaches out West in BC. The weather there is sunny and spring like so they are just ignoring the physical distancing. When the weather gets warmer here in Ontario we may have the same thing.

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      1. Emma Cownie says:

        At least when the Chinese were locked down in Wuhan it was still late winter/early spring so I don’t think people were keen to be outside. Yes, I hope the lock down works (or it rains a lot) because it will be hard to get people to comply in sunny weather.

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  5. Thank you for the update and tour, Anne. Open spaces are a blessing always, especially now. We have them here, as well.

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  6. You definitely are! Is wonderful that you are surrounded by nature! Outside walks are so great! Take care and stay safe!

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  7. sandyjwhite says:

    Queen-ager…yes…I really like that. I think I miss my trips to the gym most of all. I feel so much better with regular exercise, so have put together a routine for home. I think we must all take this seriously and do as told. Hopefully it will make a difference! Take care.

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  8. O.D. says:

    As far as Queen-Agers go, you, my friend, are my absolute favourite lol much love! Stay safe 🙂

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you O.D.😊

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  9. nesfelicio says:

    Catchy title!
    Stay safe!

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  10. Me also (72). We are only going out for food, prescriptions and doctor’s visits.

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    1. Forget, exercise, the most important for me.

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  11. Elaine says:

    Love it! I’m going to adopt the title Queen-Agee too 😍
    We’ve all been grounded here in the UK too. It has to be done.
    I’m able to look after my horse every day and walk my dogs in the countryside so I’m more fortunate than many 🙏
    I wish you good health in these difficult times Anne x x

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    1. anne leueen says:

      And best wishes to you too Elaine.

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  12. Queen -ager sounds better, Anne! Great to get out and walk, good for you! I just turned 60 and I simply refuse to believe I’m now elderly (although I’ve been feeling all 60 years these past few weeks!). In our suburban Sacramento CA neighborhood, it’s easy to walk our dogs and even hop on the local bike trail (all keeping our proper social distance)!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      At 60 you are just a youngster. But the stress of the current virus situation can make any one of us feel more aged.

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  13. With you on this one! I am absolutely do not think of myself as elderly either. 😉

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  14. Well that’s a new term, Queen-Ager, very nice! 🙂 I guess those of us in our 20’s, are Between-Agers. I’m working from home, and glad to be close to a walking/bicycle trail, so I can stretch a bit at lunchtime, but I’ve noticed quite a few runners, continuing to run in packs. Last time I checked, there were 457 confirmed cases in this city, the runners should probably maintain their distance!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I think many are in denial. My son who lives in London England says he was out for a run and they are in lockdown too. He said there were lots of other runners but all running solo.

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  15. kunstkitchen says:

    Thanks for the Queen Ager title. 😁

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  16. Here’s to being a Queen-Ager Anne! You are very blessed with all this nature on your doorstep. Enjoy your walks and stay safe and well 💖 xxx

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I thought of you while we were walking on the trail. I do not have the skills to write the lovely poems that you do Xenia, But we do enjoy the walks.

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      1. Aww thank you dear Anne, your photographs read like poems too 💜 xxx

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