When I was younger I planned to spend my mature years eating icecream for breakfast, wearing sweat pants and taking a nap whether I felt like it or not. You see life always looks greener on the other side of parenthood - but the fact is . . . problems don't go away . . . they simply change . . . into new problems.
I like what George Burns said, "With a positive attitude and a little bit of luck, there's no reason you can't live to be a hundred. Once you've done that, you've really got it made, because very few people die over a hundred."
My friend told me about a recent day babysitting her grandson. After the grandson ran into the street right in front of a moving car, she chased him down the road, grabbed him by the hair and frantically yelled, "Don't you ever, ever do that again!"
Bug-eyed, her shaking grandson looked up into her red panting face and replied, 'Oh Grandma! I think you need to take a nap!"
So hang in there all your frazzled parents. Some day you will have silver in your hair, gold in your teeth and lead in your pants . . . and that is what a rich life is all about.