Just a humerous look at what age does to you.

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I’m trying to cut my toenails

And it’s becoming a dreadful chore.

I don’t know if I’m just getting old

But it’s harder to reach the floor.

The contortions I have to get into

Just to do this simple job,

Often causes me so such stress

I want to sit on the bed and sob.

I wonder if it could be my arms

Which have suddenly begun to shrink,

Or has my stomach grown to such a size

That I can’t reach over the brink?

There has to be a reason for it

But I mustn’t admit defeat.

I’ll just buy some extra long scissors

So this old lady can still reach her feet.


Christine Ramsay 20.1.11

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  • johnnydod on Jan 20, 2011

    Haha Christine

    You gave a good start to my day, I sat in bed and laughed so much at your poem.

    so so funny.

  • crisdiwata on Jan 20, 2011

    Funny but it\’s true, there are a lot of things that we can no longer do or seems so hard for us to do as we get older. I admire you for taking those things in different perspective. :)

  • Brewed Coffee on Jan 20, 2011

    Awww…don’t fret Christine. Why don’t you just go and pamper yourself by having a pedicure? Forget the scissors, you might hurt yourself. :-)

  • bhaswati on Jan 20, 2011

    awww, thats so adorable and sweet :) don’t worry, there are better things to do with your time than cut your nails, as Brewed Coffee suggsted, you should go for a pedicure, u have an excuse to do so!!! really nice :)

  • LoveDoctor on Jan 20, 2011

    This is very funny. Why don’t you just go to the nail salon and get a spa pedicure? Sit back and relax. you also get a foot massage with lotion.

  • vijayanths on Jan 20, 2011

    funny share.

  • J M Lennox on Jan 20, 2011

    Christine – the younger generation just couldn’t understand. I salute you – perfectly & wonderfully described. :-)

  • Saurav Banerjee on Jan 20, 2011

    I can understand. Age brings a lot of difficulty. Pedicure is a solution. But then you would have to depend on others over the thing that you earlier did on your own.

  • lonelyplanet on Jan 20, 2011

    Very touching lines.

  • Agasthya on Jan 20, 2011

    I couldn’t help laughing. This reminds me of my mom, she used to get mad every time she had to bend to cut her toe nails. It was so frustrating for her too. By the way, I love to read your poems!

  • JoeLopy on Jan 20, 2011

    Your poem is really nice. Thanks. By the way since I had a quite distressing back injury one and half year ago, I find very difficult to reach my feet as well. Pedicure salon is the solution to this problem, Christine. I cannot see any other way…….. Take care

  • yes me on Jan 20, 2011

    Another fun write here Christine, I’m sure you are just putting a bit of fun into our life’s… we all have wee probs… I’m as fit as a butchers dog, and have always been lean, but I have never been able to bend, and touch my toes even in school… they gave me gip for it. I’m sure my legs are too long, or arms too short he he he liked it cheers

  • mtrguanlao on Jan 20, 2011

    Funny Christine! You really are great in poems! I am beginning to envy you,lol! It is true,I too am having difficulty reaching my feet,lol! Just take a pedicure instead! Pamper yourself sometimes,you deserve it!

  • Kate Smedley on Jan 20, 2011

    Oh Christine, you are funny – you’ve given me a great start to my day too, wonderful as always.

  • Freethinking on Jan 20, 2011

    I am still laughing. So funny and yet so true for people who reach the “golden years.” I came back from my doctor last week and my wife asked how it went. I said good news and bad. The bad news is I gained a couple of pounds. The good news, I didn’t shrink anymore. LOL

  • Starpisces on Jan 20, 2011

    hahaha, very fun… is Mr Ramsay back already? Maybe he can help, hehe, just kidding.

  • UncleSammy on Jan 20, 2011

    This is done well,Nice share , see you around

  • Suni51 on Jan 20, 2011

    You have left nothing to imagination, listed them all. Really you have tough job on your hands. Cool…

  • Likha on Jan 20, 2011

    You are getting funnier by each poem. I wish I could help you cut your toenails.. Oh, that reminds me, I have to cut mine tonight. Thanks for the reminder.

  • CHAN LEE PENG on Jan 20, 2011

    You were putting fun on this piece. Thanks for sharing your poem here.

  • Betty Carew on Jan 20, 2011

    Delightful poem Christine and one hubby and I can certainly relate to. Your poem was so funny it left me breathless from laughing as I could see in my mind the trouble we have to get what use to be a simple job become almost an impossible one. Great poem Christine!

  • Guy Hogan on Jan 20, 2011

    So far I don’t have that problem. Funny poem though.

  • Mystical Whitewolf on Jan 20, 2011

    This is twice as funny due to working outside I am having to wear layers of clothing and by the time I get it all on and go to put my boots on I have the same thoughts about reaching my feet. lol
    Sorry I have missed committing on some of your work, working 10-11 hour days, I will try to get caught up Sunday.

  • papaleng on Jan 20, 2011

    Oh Christine you really a style to make your poetry spice with humor. I love this one, though still i can touch my feet..

  • sunnykumar786 on Jan 20, 2011

    funny poem i like this very very much… keep it up.

  • jimbob1 on Jan 20, 2011

    How very neat
    and kinda sweet
    to write a poem about you feet…
    cutting toenails is one of the chores
    but at least you can still see yours
    this is something I regret to say
    sometimes tummy gets in the way
    or without my glasses I greatly fear
    I can’t see my toes they aren’t very clear
    dealing with feet – aye there’s the rub
    I often rest mine on the edge of the tub
    that is a solution I find quite peachy
    then it’s not too far to reachy
    as for your poem don’t have a fit
    because I have voted I really like it
    now whether you’re clothed or in underwear
    I want to say “Thanks and take care.”

  • Angela Faith on Jan 20, 2011

    Whew! The Comments! how wonderful. Proven a wonderful writer and a joy to read. Things are supposed to move south. I often wondered why the arms and hands increasingly withdrew! I do love your posts so. Thank you for sharing.

  • LadyElena on Jan 20, 2011

    Aaaawh….Nice poem. How about treating yourself to monthly pedicures?…. and they can also give you a nice foot massage too.

    Nice Treat. :)

  • Angela Faith on Jan 20, 2011

    I do love your posts so. Thank you for sharing.

  • Poetic Enigma on Jan 20, 2011

    Such a great and fun write. I’m sorry about the ordeal, but you turned it into a great write

  • Angela Ohm on Jan 20, 2011

    Funny poem ! Great writing ! Thank you for sharing.


  • Christine Ramsay on Jan 20, 2011

    Jimbob, that’s brilliant. Much better than mine. You should post it.


  • jennifer eiffel01 on Jan 20, 2011

    I think this is a FANTASTIC poem. But you aren’t old, I’M old, I am going to be 40 this year……..
    Again another great poem, you do a special job writing poetry.

  • martie on Jan 20, 2011

    How well I can understand…my knees don’t want to bend anymore so now I have trouble kneeling on the floor to clean the tub and other things so I have devised a scrubber sponge on a stick!

  • mark ramsay on Jan 20, 2011

    This is so funny, Mum. I will have to give you a pedicure.

  • deedaG50 on Jan 20, 2011

    Thank Goodness, we can all laugh at the little pranks age plays on us. Nice poem Christine.

  • S A JOHNSON on Jan 20, 2011

    Aww! You should have your husband do them for you. ^__^

  • CA Johnson on Jan 20, 2011

    This is so hilarious. Thanks for sharing such a great poem about not being able to touch your feet. Only you can find a funny way to write about a situation for which people suffer.

  • Eunice Tan on Jan 20, 2011

    Thanks Christine for making us smile

  • Tulan on Jan 20, 2011

    Christine, you will never be old as long as you are young at heart. and you certainly are that.

  • The Bling on Jan 21, 2011

    Really funny. I hate cutting my nails with scissors though.

  • Atanacio on Jan 21, 2011

    very cute..LOL :)

  • Ruby Hawk on Jan 21, 2011

    Another good one from Christine. If we just didn’t eat so much ice cream. or would that help?

  • Jimmy Shilaho on Jan 21, 2011

    You amaze me, this is a very humorous post that left me in stitches. Good to learn that your son has offered to lend you a hand!

  • Francois Hagnere on Jan 21, 2011

    This often happens. Be careful not to hurt yourself, Christine. Pedicure is a good alternative. Another great poem!

  • Christine Ramsay on Jan 21, 2011

    Thanks for your advice everyone. I have never had a pedicure. perhaps I will try one. I loved the comments.


  • M J katz on Jan 21, 2011

    Lol! What a fun read, Christine!

    I also have this problem but, like you, figured that either my arms were getting shorter or the floor was moving further away!

    Sometimes I wish I had a scratching post like the kitties do so I could file my toenails while sitting down and watching tv! :)

  • Anuradha Ramkumar on Jan 21, 2011

    Very beautifully written. Go to a spa and offer a pedicure.

  • Cynthia Bartlett on Jan 22, 2011

    Miss Christine, I don’t know it was supposed to or not but it certainly made me chuckle. I have similar days like that. Growing old is not for the feint of heart. Thank you for the laugh, this one truly made my day.

  • Val Mills on Jan 22, 2011

    Oh Christine, how come I missed seeing this when it was published! Time for a few flexibilty exercises I think! You have the knack of making all us older ones laugh at ourselves. Thank you.

  • gaby7 on Jan 22, 2011

    A nice one here Christine!

  • Milton H Peebles III on Jan 22, 2011

    I get to see a foot specialist next week, cause I have trouble reaching my feet. Thanks for the good morning laugh.
    Take Care, DreamSweet and Let Your Heart Shine
    ~ milty

  • Palestrya on Jan 22, 2011

    This is so cute and I have to admit, I have the same problem. Thanks for writing and for sharing. Hugs ~ Palestrya

  • iamrulan on Jan 23, 2011

    I laughed so hard I cried when I read this…then cried more when I realized how true in my case it it. Seriously a great read, Christine.

  • T. S. Lewis on Jan 23, 2011

    You can turn anything into a smile. Stay healthy for us because we rely on your poetry.

  • tonywriter on Jan 23, 2011

    ha ha.. Mam you are evergreen and always my favorite writer.
    whenever I visit triond I feel that charm of writing after seeing your work, I love you and your work,Thanks once again Mam.

    Nice poem and please don’t worry about the pain we all have face that day,Thanks Mam :)

  • Julie McMurchie on Jan 25, 2011

    We had our granddaughter here the other day – 5 months old. She had her feet in her mouth. Fun share. Thanks.

  • magicdarts on Jan 25, 2011

    I’m sure you won’t let this de”feet” you!- I recommend Tai chi / gentle daily stretching – its really helped me – right from the age of 6 I used to be called wooden in P.E. Classes, so touching toes has never been my speciality!!

  • wonder on Feb 1, 2011

    A great writer who can compose anything from daily life.

  • Lady Sunshine on Feb 2, 2011

    LOL. You always make me laugh!

  • Erin Miller on Feb 4, 2011

    Ha ha a very funny and entertaining piece here.

  • LCM Linda on Feb 28, 2011

    Interesting poem. I suddenly have the urge to sit with my legs straight and see if my fingers can reach the toes. Well-done.

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