Measure Of My Days is about growing old. It is about being old, actually – and the feelings that dominate so many as they sense their life slowing down and coming to a close. Thank goodness for the courage of psychologist Florida Scott-Maxwell to pour her feelings out into a notebook to give us a glimpse of her mind at this stage. You may see flashes of your grandparents or great-grandparents as you read this book, I know I did.
Two of my favorite quotes:
Age puzzles me. I thought it was a quiet time. My seventies were interesting, and fairly serene, but my eighties are passionate. I grow more intense as I age. To my own surprise I burst out with hot conviction.
I dwell with the essence of friends so intensely that when they arrive I can be paralysed by the astonishing opacity of their actual presence.