It’s never too late


Helen was an instant hit at our writer’s conference.  She’s the kind of woman you want as a mother, grandmother, or friend.

Photo by Laura Boggess
Her story was of loss – and resilence. She was married for 65 years to the same man and had lost him. Although she was now widowed, she didn’t quit. To be surrounded by a good retirement, a big house, loving children and grandchildren wasn’t enough. She still had a story to tell. And that’s why she was at the writer’s conference. She wanted to be a writer and wanted to start her book.

She was 90


What kind of person starts a book when they are 90?  Probably someone not totally in their right mind. And totally someone I want to be like.

Why do I think it’s too late to get my life straight, to write a book, to learn an instrument, to make a friend, to make a difference? Why do I think it’s too late for forgiveness, for wrongs to be made right, for reconciliation?

Laura Boggess wrote of her here  and here.  “And all I can think is how I hope I’m still letting God surprise me when I am ninety years old

I don’t know how Helen’s doing on her book, but her inspiration is still resonating.

It’s never too late.


Feel free to comment here.

Photo by Laura Boggess

Linking up with Jennifer at God Bumps today.

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34 Responses to It’s never too late

  1. smoothstones says:

    It really isn't. My mom took up the harp a few years ago (not the mouth harp, either, although we are Tennessee folk), and I've found that inspirational, too. But my mom's not 90. This Helen: she's got spunk. Love it.

  2. smoothstones says:

    It really isn't. My mom took up the harp a few years ago (not the mouth harp, either, although we are Tennessee folk), and I've found that inspirational, too. But my mom's not 90. This Helen: she's got spunk. Love it.

  3. Years ago I had a next door neighbor named Rose, who was in her 80s. I used to tell her I wanted to take old lady lessons from her. 

  4. Years ago I had a next door neighbor named Rose, who was in her 80s. I used to tell her I wanted to take old lady lessons from her. 

  5. She is beautiful! What an incredible influence is earned through a life well lived, a life filled with The Life. 🙂

  6. She is beautiful! What an incredible influence is earned through a life well lived, a life filled with The Life. 🙂

  7. What a precious, remarkable woman. May we all choose to follow her inspiring example.

  8. What a precious, remarkable woman. May we all choose to follow her inspiring example.

  9. cherylsmith says:

    Old lady lessons? Yes! Love it! Thanks for the reminder of Ms. Helen, David. It was such a treat to meet her.

  10. cherylsmith says:

    Old lady lessons? Yes! Love it! Thanks for the reminder of Ms. Helen, David. It was such a treat to meet her.

  11. Amy Young says:

    Great reminder! Too often I take societal cues that I have blown it by not getting more going at a younger age 🙂

  12. Amy Young says:

    Great reminder! Too often I take societal cues that I have blown it by not getting more going at a younger age 🙂

  13. David Rupert says:

    I wonder what I'll be like when I'm 90!

  14. David Rupert says:

    I wonder what I'll be like when I'm 90!

  15. David Rupert says:

    Julie, I have been putting things off — things I should have done 20 years ago. Why not .. now?

  16. David Rupert says:

    Julie, I have been putting things off — things I should have done 20 years ago. Why not .. now?

  17. David Rupert says:

    And when you are 80, you see that as a compliment!

  18. David Rupert says:

    And when you are 80, you see that as a compliment!

  19. Wow, I love this lady. And her feet, too.

  20. Wow, I love this lady. And her feet, too.

  21. Ro elliott says:

    I love this…my dad went to college at 81 to take theology classes… let’s run a full race…blessings to you~

  22. Ro elliott says:

    I love this…my dad went to college at 81 to take theology classes… let’s run a full race…blessings to you~

  23. dukeslee says:

    I saw those shoes right away, and a smile swept across my face! What a blessing to be in her group. This is a great reminder, and gives me God-fidence today as I move forward on some things that seem scary.By the way, this post is a God-incidence in that I'm talking about writing when I'm 90 years old. (Over at The High Calling… Thanks for inspiring that post, by the way.)

  24. dukeslee says:

    I saw those shoes right away, and a smile swept across my face! What a blessing to be in her group. This is a great reminder, and gives me God-fidence today as I move forward on some things that seem scary.By the way, this post is a God-incidence in that I'm talking about writing when I'm 90 years old. (Over at The High Calling… Thanks for inspiring that post, by the way.)

  25. I loved Helen! I hope she's back at Laity this fall.

  26. I loved Helen! I hope she's back at Laity this fall.

  27. alisa says:

    How inspiring! It is never too late to live for God!

  28. alisa says:

    How inspiring! It is never too late to live for God!

  29. diana says:

    I loved Helen, too. Dick and I got to eat a couple of meals with her and she was so charming, open and with a great sense of fun. Yup, that's what i'd like to be like when I'm 90. Heck, I'd like to be like that NOW.

  30. diana says:

    I loved Helen, too. Dick and I got to eat a couple of meals with her and she was so charming, open and with a great sense of fun. Yup, that's what i'd like to be like when I'm 90. Heck, I'd like to be like that NOW.

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