web analytics
March 1, 2015 / 10 Adar , 5775
At a Glance
Sections
Sponsored Post


Dipping Into The Fountain Of Youth


Kupfer-021414

By the time this article appears in print, I will have reached a major milestone birthday. While it isn’t the one that labels me a “senior” citizen, I am, nonetheless, definitely decades away from the time I was a “junior” citizen, and while I guess I can still consider myself middle-aged, I don’t think I fall into the “middle” middle age category, rather I am encroaching the tail end of it.

My reaction to this particular birthday is reminiscent of my mindset the first time a stranger – I think it was an official at a government office – called out “Mrs. Kupfer.”   I remember turning around puzzled, wondering what my mother-in-law was doing there since I was the one with the appointment.  I looked around and did not see her and was perplexed when Mrs. Kupfer was called again.

At that moment came the sudden realization, “Are you talking to me? Are you talking to me?”

Yes, he was, and just like I had a very hard time wrapping it around my head that I was Mrs. Kupfer, so too I am having difficulty absorbing the fact that this new number, the one placing me in a new decade, applies to me!

My mother and her peers were the ones that age – how is it possible that I am?  Did I enter a time warp in the Twilight Zone?

No, a look at my birth certificate confirms that the number is accurate.  Time never stood still for anyone – why would I be the exception? In my hubris, I thought that somehow I would live forever – and I suspect we all have secretly felt that way, even though we know it’s a fantasy.

But we baby boomers, realistically or not, love to re-invent ourselves, and so we insist to ourselves and all others in earshot, that it’s just a number. We may as well be 45, we like to convince ourselves as we stare in the mirror, pulling in our stomach and attributing the crow’s feet and bags under our eyes to the normal outcome of going to bed late or indulging at a simcha.  Things will look better tomorrow.  (Somehow that tomorrow never comes – we still look pretty much like we did yesterday!  The puffiness under our eyes is still there, and the pulled-in stomach still protrudes over our pantyhose.)

Thinking we still look 45 is rather delusional on our part.

But it doesn’t have to be.

We can look and, most importantly, feel younger and be younger – still agile, stronger and cheerful!

For there is a two-tiered “fountain of youth” available to us – all we have to do is jump in!

One tier can make people appear younger on the outside. This fountain’s “magical waters” consist of makeup, cosmetic surgery that includes facelifts and eyelifts; liposuction; injected natural fillers; teeth whitening; dental implants to replace missing teeth; laser treatments to get rid of spots; creams, potions and lotions, etc.

But there is an element of risk involved anytime someone “goes under the knife” and these measures are temporary and need to be repeated. They create the illusion of being younger, one that is at odds with how you actually come across if you are physically unfit.

There is your actual age and there is your comparative age, and thus there are people in their 40’s who may as well be over 70 in terms of their health and the function of their heart and lungs. Conversely, there are individuals in their 80’s and 90’s who physically have the health of those who are decades younger than them.

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Dipping Into The Fountain Of Youth”

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Prime Minister Netanyahu speaks to reporters with his wife at his side at Ben Gurion Airport Sunday morning.
Netanyahu Flies to New York and Washington for ‘Fateful’ Speech
Latest Sections Stories
Golan Wine Medals

‘Double Gold’ awarded to 2012 Yarden Heights wine & 2011 Yarden Merlot Kela Single Vineyard.

Niehaus-022715

One should not give the money before Purim morning or after sunset.

Mendlowitz-022715-Basket

The mishloach manos of times gone by were sometimes simple and sometimes elaborate, but the main focus was on the preparation of the delicious food they contained.

Astaire-022715-Countryside

One of the earliest special Purims we have on record was celebrated by the Jews of Granada and Shmuel HaNagid, the eleventh-century rav, poet, soldier and statesman, and one of the most influential Jews in Muslim Spain.

Jews, wake up! Stop educating the world and start educating yourselves.

The lessons conform to the sensitivities and needs of the Orthodox community…

The program took on special significance as it marked not only the first anniversary of Rebbetzin Kudan’s levayah but also the 27th yahrzeit of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneerson, a”h.

It captures the love of the Jewish soul as only Shlomo Hamelech could portray it – and as only Rabbi Miller could explain it.

Erudite and academic, drawing from ancient and modern sources, the book can be discussed at the Shabbos table as well as in kollel.

I’m here to sit next to you and help you through this Purim with three almost-too-easy mishloach manot ideas, all made with cost-conscious paper bags.

Kids want to be like their friends, and they want to give and get “normal” mishloach manos stocked with store-bought treats.

Whenever he did anything loving for me, I made a big deal about it.

“OMG, it’s so cute, you’re so cute, everything is so cute.”

A program that started with a handful of volunteers has grown exponentially to include students from a wider array of backgrounds.

More Articles from Cheryl Kupfer
Kupfer-112114

Divorce from a vindictive, cruel spouse can be a lifelong nightmare when there are offspring.

Kupfer-092614-Books

Not knowing any better, I assumed that Molly and her mother must be voracious readers.

Unpleasant happenings are quickly discarded if they do not affect us directly.

I have always insisted that everything that happens to anyone or anything is min Shamayim.

It is so hurtful to heighten people’s sense of inadequacy and guilt in a matzav that is already horrendous and difficult to bear.

Make no mistake: in the wrong hands cars are weapons of mass destruction.

Where once divorce in heimische communities was relatively uncommon, nowadays every family has a son, daughter, sibling cousin who is divorced – sometimes twice or even three times!

Many go about the business of living frum, observant lives, but they are only going through the motions.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/magazine/on-our-own/dipping-into-the-fountain-of-youth/2014/02/14/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: