By the time a woman has reached menopause, she is on intimate terms with the word "out." She is stretched out, stressed out, and strung out.
Let's examine these "outs" individually and perhaps shed light upon them:
Stretched out: nurse a few children for years at a time and your girls start to look like a worn-out pair of socks. They've lost their elasticity, their shape, their will to live. Depending upon the size of the girls, they may resemble anklets or tube socks.
Stressed out: anyone ever hear of stress incontinence? I don't want to get too up-close-and-personal with this one, but suffice it to say that put several pregnancies under your belt (and in your uterus) and you have a stressed out bladder. It's not just the bladder but all those tiny muscles surrounding it. Need I say more?
Strung out: all I can say here is that if a menopausal woman isn't on drugs, she should be. Big time.
Gem for the day: even if you're stretched, stressed, and strung out, celebrate that you're alive and still kicking.