The Happiest Age

What would your answer be if you were asked what age is happiest? Read this poem by Wilhelmina Stitch for her thoughts on what age are you the happiest.

In our youth, we sometimes wish the years away. We can't wait until school is done, or we can't wait for that age when we can get our driver's license, or we can't wait to start working full time, or we can't wait for....But what we find in our youth is we come of age and then we find ourselves wishing for another thing.

Yet as the years go past and we get older we sometimes wish for time to reverse. We wonder where the years went to. Life can pass us by in a flash and before we know it the years have rolled on.

Wilhelmina Stitch makes the point in her poem that today your age is the best. We must live today. We can not bring back yesterday, we can't change anything in the past. And, we have no guarantees of tomorrow. No one can be certain of what tomorrow brings. So the Poet's point is today is the happiest age - Now!

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The Happiest Age
by Wilhelmina Stitch

What age is happiest? Had you asked me,
I would have made this plea: the Now is best.
What joy to live with zest each newborn day;
and from the Moment wrest what Life will give away.
The Past is but a guest who came and went,
and left this one behest: to be content.

Think how To-day is blest!
We've eyes to see Nature in Beauty drest for you, for me.
What matter that the crest of Youth is past.
Youth lives within the breast with joys that last.
The will to do our best, and hands for giving.
Oh! Now's the happiest, best time for living!

What age is happiest?
Oh! hear my vow, for I have put the test—the happiest's Now.
Sweet sighs and kindly jest for warmth and cheer; and
Love's most high bequest to crown the year.

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