I haven’t played my recorders for a couple of years or so. I was just busy with other activities and the time and place where the monthly recorder meetings were held were no longer convenient. But recently I tried playing the recorder again and found that arthritis in my hands made it difficult to play. Alas. Up until now the things associated with aging haven’t really bothered me. But now, trying to play the recorder is painful and it is bothering me to find that I just can’t spread my fingers with enough agility to make playing the recorder possible. I really wanted to attend and play in an up coming one day jazz workshop. In younger days with the bass recorder. 7 or 8 years ago? in my early 70’s
I have a friend of similar vintage whose mother had very bad arthritis in her hands. My friend is taking piano lessons to hopefully ward off similar problems.
Come to think of it, my own mother also had bad arthritis in her hands in later years. She was an avid knitter, as am I. When she moved to Hawaii, knitting was no longer so important in her life. So I don’t know if she could have continued to knit if she had wanted to. Knitting is still important to but I could substitute other fiber activities just as satisfying. After all, my abandonment of weaving has been partially age related and I don’t really miss it – I can still maintain my interest without physically crawling under that big Glimakra loom.