"Invitation to a Country Called Aging"
by Patricia Garfinkel and Myra Sklarew
Illustrated by Blake Young
In this poetic memoir on aging, Garfinkel and Sklarew have given us much to absorb and contemplate, as we all will eventually travel the arduous journey, if we live to an old age. Here we learn of the anxieties of what to do and what not to do and the deep-rooted primordial fears of the human condition as the layer of years begin to wear down the resilience of the former selves we were. A resounding message that permeates the collection is that one needs to keep learning and moving forward, yet as Sklarew’s grandmother realized one best cultivate younger relationships, as with time the loss one is bound to experience is too hard to bear. Engaging the mind and spirit is key while protecting oneself from the social sharks that feed on the vulnerable while accepting all along that with summer comes the fall.
A compelling, instructive gift is given to us by these exceptional poets.
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