May 14, 2011

Aging Gracefully Through Rose Colored Glasses

Pat and Cindy

This week's beauty is Pat Weintraub who will be 84 in July. I visited Pat recently because she is my good friend Cindy's mom. Cindy and I grew up together. Back in the 70s Pat was a very hip, grayed haired, horse loving mother who zipped around in her red MG convertible listening to Neil Young. She and her husband Whitey (another dear) raised 8 children and eventually ditched their country club life and moved to a ranch outside of town where she raised 21 horses, and many other animals. She later started Morningdove Farm which breeded Ragdoll cats. I use to love to visit the Weintraub family as there was always something exciting going on. Like Nettie, their goat, or one of their ponies casually strolling through their antique filled farm house every now and then! I am not kidding.

Tuscany from Morningdove Farm

Pat has had two hip replacements in recent years. When I asked how aging was going she said "Horrible! You want to do things but you can't. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak!" But she explained that what carries her through is her sense of humor. She said that we all need to be able to laugh no matter what. She explained that she likes to think about happy things and that the world looks much better through rose colored glasses. She also said that her strong spirituality has played a very important role in her life.

Sounds like a recipe for positive thinking to me.

I have to also add that music still plays prominently in Pat's life as I noticed a Neil Young CD or two on her table when I was visiting :-)

Still a hip momma after all these years.

Be sure to check out the video of Pat and her dance partner Vince. They met each other recently at a retirement home and it couldn't be sweeter.

Pat thank you for being this week's beauty.

xo, Louise