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How to never grow old

How to never grow old

Margaret, the giraffe, is getting flour for the Christmas cookies.


Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing.
― Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

Your body will age. The pigment cells in your hair follicles will die and stop producing melanin; your hair will turn gray. Your subcutaneous fat layer thins as you grow older and your skin will appear thin, pale and translucent.

You may appear old but you don’t have to grow old.

You can dye your hair and get a face lift so you can appear younger. But real aging in on the inside and not on the outside. Dying your hair and a face lift won’t keep you young.

There is only one way to never grow old. 

The answer is simple.

Don’t quit playing.

Why can’t you still have an imaginary friend? And, when was the last time you pretended your dinner plate was a flying saucer?

This morning when I woke up, I found my toys on the kitchen counter. They had made a batch of sugar cookies. My daughter and I make cookies last night and left out all of the ingredients.

Frank the lion, and Bob the tiger had turned over the bag of sugar. Margaret the giraffe had stuck her head in the flour bag. Edward the elephant appeared to be cutting out the cookies, and Willow the cheetah was in charge of decorating the cookies.

Wait a minute! I didn’t buy sprinkles yesterday. What’s going on here?

My youngest daughter wanted me to drive to the store last night to buy sprinkles to decorate the cookies.

“Mama, please drive to the store to buy sprinkles.”

“No Timber, it’s too late just make the cookies with plain icing. I will pick some up tomorrow.”

The cookies my toys made had sprinkles on them!

Do not grow old, no matter how long you live. Never cease to stand like curious children before the Great Mystery into which we were born.
―Albert Einstein

May we never lose our sense of wonder and curiosity

This month my toys come alive at midnight. They wander my home looking for adventure. They have made fried eggs, emptied my books off of the bookcase, toilet-papered my writing desk, washed my silverware, and  they have made sugar cookies.

Life is more fun if you play games.
― Roald Dahl, My Uncle Oswald

My body is aging. My hair is gray at my temples and I can see dark blue veins in my legs where the skin has become translucent. However I refuse to grow old.

So, like a forgotten fire, a childhood can always flare up again within us.
~Gaston Bachelard

Fan the flames and remember your childhood. 

Are there toys in your home that are waiting for you to believe again?

Maybe tonight at the stroke of midnight some of your toys will come alive. Please share your toys adventures on Facebook at Toycember.

Would you like to never grow old? Please tell me in the comments.


Bob and Frank spilled the sugar.

Bob and Frank spilled the sugar.


willow likes to eat cookies.

Willow likes to eat Christmas cookies.


Margaret is getting the flour for the cookies.

Margaret is getting  flour for the cookies.

Edward is in charge of cutting out the cookies.

Edward is in charge of cutting out the cookies.


My toys came alive and made cookies.

My toys came alive and made cookies.



About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • kathunsworth

    Pamela I agree we need to keep our inner child close, especially at christmas and you are doing this allowing those toys to come out and play. I love how the sprinkles were not brushed aside. It is the tiny details that matter most and leave solid happy memories for our children.

    • Hello Kath,
      It is interesting to me that you noticed the little details. No, I didn’t try and make the photograph perfect. I left the cookie adventure just like I found it. Real life is always better, and more honest.
      Will your toys go on an adventure tonight Kath?

      • kathunsworth

        Pamela no, no animals coming out to play, only painting cows at the moment, just following the muse to see where she takes me. A little break from writing before I start edits on my nano story and loving your playful, sometimes cheeky animal adventures.

  • La McCoy

    May I have a cookie?

  • Well, my kids’ toys didn’t get into any mischief but I did set their computer on fire when we were suppose to watch a movie. I put on a Fireplace DVD instead of a normal movie. The kids weren’t expecting that at all. LOL I plan to have a lot of fun with this fireplace this month. 🙂

    • Anastacia,
      You are so funny. I would have loved to see their faces.

  • Enjoying all of your stories, Pamela. I learned how to stay young from my grandchildren. They tapped into the stories in my head. And the stories keep multiplying. I thought I was writing for them when I’ve written certain things, but now I see I’m writing for all of us. Because there is a little kid inside each and every one of us. A kid waiting to come out and play.

    • Hello Anne.
      The child in all of us wants to come out and play. Your grandchildren’s cute comments always make me smile.
      Hugs to you today Anne.

  • JeNan Merrill

    I am enjoying reading about your adventures! Today I love this line: “Are there toys in your home that are waiting for you to believe again? ” Thanks for sharing the magic of Christmas!

    • You are very welcome JeNana. I am so curious to find out what happens in your house tonight at midnight!

  • Janelle

    I’m happy all the animals have been named:) I’ve often said having my children later in life has kept me young. I plan on having some fun today!

  • I often say I am a part of the “forever young” Baby Boom generation. I don’t ever want to grow old at heart. I firmly believe there is a calendar age and a “real” age. Today I’ll watch Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer and A Charlie Brown Christmas. When it comes to those shows, I’m still a kid a heart.

    • Hello Joan,
      Thank you the reminder. Today is a good day to watch A Charlie Brown Christmas.
      Being a kid at heart makes life better doesn’t it?

  • Love this post, Pamela! It made me laugh, think, nod in empathy and understanding. Yes, getting old on the outside is inevitable but being old in our spirits is optional. It helps greatly to maintain a sense of child-like wonder, curiosity, anticipation and playfulness. The quotes here are so apt. Sounds like you and your toys had a lot of fun! You are an inspiration. 🙂 xx

    • Good morning Joy,
      You have a child like wonder in your writing. We will grow young together as our bodies age. My toys are having fun this month.

      • Thank you, Pamela. Yes, let’s “grow young together as our bodies age” ~ I’m all for it!