Fans of Judith Viorst's funny, touching, and wise poems about turning thirty, forty, fifty, and sixty will love this new volume for the woman who deeply believes she is too young to be seventy, "too young in my heart and my soul, if not in my thighs."
Viorst explores, among the many other issues of this stage of life, the state of our sex lives and teeth, how we can stay married though thermostatically incompatible, and the joys of grandparenthood and shopping. Readers will nod with rueful recognition when she asks, "Am I required to think of myself as a basically shallow woman because I feel better when my hair looks good?," when she presses a few helpful suggestions on her kids because "they may be middle aged, but they're still my children," and when she graciously -- but not too graciously -- selects her husband's next mate in a poem deliciously subtitled "If I Should Die Before I Wake, Here's the Wife You Next Should Take." Though Viorst acknowledges she is definitely not a good sport about the fact that she is mortal, her poems are full of the pleasures of life right now, helping us come to terms with the passage of time, encouraging us to keep trying to fix the world, and inviting us to consider "drinking wine, making love, laughing hard, caring hard, and learning a new trick or two as part of our job description at seventy."
I'm Too Young to Be Seventy is a joy to read and makes a heartwarming gift for anyone who has reached or is soon to reach that -- it's not so bad after all -- seventh decade.
As Time Goes By
The Secret of Staying Married
Not Merely His Life Companion
Why Marriage Was Invented
At the Opera
In the Middle of the Night
Some of the Reasons I Love to Go to the Movies
To My Husband When He Starts Contemplating Remarriage or If I Should Die Before I Wake, Here's the Wife You Next Should Take
The Children and Grandchildren
They May Be Middle Aged, But They're Still My Children
New Kid Around the House
A Letter to My Sons About Mother's Day
What Do We Tell the Children?
The Sixth Grandchild
The Rest of It
Too Young to Be Seventy
If We Stopped Trying
On Not Being a Good Sport About the Fact That I'm Going to Die One of These Days
At the Airport
Still Dieting After All These Years
The Rest of It