Jon Heydenreich

Jon Heydenreich

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I have met a few folks who have seen my picture. The newspaper insisted on the picture. These astute, superior human beings say, “What a terrible picture, you look much younger.”

I never know how to respond. I am not into face creams or ‘look younger’ elixirs. My wife cuts my hair so it is not that I go to an upscale coiffure. I think these perceptive comments may be because I am forthcoming about my ante-bellum age and people anticipate a wrinkled, mummified soul.

It does give me something to throw at my wife – “Someone told me I look young, so there.” Of course, she is convinced she looks younger than I do. What a win/win.

Then there are the folks who comment, “Don’t say you are old, you are only as old as you think!” Well, I think I am old.

No matter what anyone says to you, you know the truth.

Be mindful – don’t get swept away... no matter what they say.

Jon Heydenreich is pastor at Brattleboro’s Trinity Lutheran Church.