Ann Brent’s 2nd chapter in A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider

Visual Gymnastics

Page 181

Ah, the joys of aging. This short chapter conveys some of the challenges I faced when something I’d always relied on changed. Suddenly being unable to simply read ingredients or directions resulted in situations that created other challenges. In the end, this is the account of how I got my bald spot.


… I vividly remember the rainy day, soon after my fiftieth birthday, when I zipped into Shoppers Drug Mart to pick up a few lunchbox snacks. I grabbed a box of granola bars, located the ingredients list, and searched for any mention of nuts, no matter what kind. You can imagine my surprise when I discovered that the manufacturer had changed the print on its packaging, shrinking the words to such a minute size as to make them unreadable.

I was slightly relieved to find that by simply extending my arm 12 to 15 inches, the words could still be deciphered. Good, no nuts! I popped the package into my shopping cart.

Before long, though, my arms wouldn’t extend far enough to allow me to bring tiny package information into focus…

Ann Brent’s Bio

Ann Brent is passionate about getting God’s Word and His message of salvation through Jesus to as many people as possible. As Director of National Ministries for Empower Ministries, she produces publications that inform, challenge and inspire people with the news of how God is working around the world today. A lover of words, she fully understood the meaning of “overjoyed” when she held her first grandson and that understanding multiplied with her granddaughter’s arrival. Ann is determined to face life’s changes and challenges through the filters of laughter, optimism and faith.

Why did I write it?

I am finding that many changes happen to our bodies as we begin to – ah-hum – mature. I have realized I can be annoyed and traumatized by them, or I can laugh. And I choose to laugh! Visual Gymnastics is just one of my experiences with aging. I know many can relate, and hopefully enjoy a laugh too.

Links to Author’s Sites

Ann Brent’s website

Links to where readers can buy the book

That’s Life Communications


Chapters Indigo


One thought on “Ann Brent’s 2nd chapter in A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider

  1. Kimberley, thank you for featuring me and my two stories included in “A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider” on your blog. I appreciate having the opportunity to share the behind-the-scenes parts of how these stories came to be. Merry Christmas!

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