They purchased all the necessary insurance; skin creams, elixirs and onguents.
They performed regular maintenance; exercise, vitamins and proper slumber.
They effectuated a solid contingency plan; laid out their dreams and mapped out the course.
They exercised due-diligence; took careful and healthy risk.
They woke up one morning to undeniable evidence that their youth had been taken; stolen, whisked away while they were not paying attention.
And the biggest surprise of all?
They did not miss it!
They remembered it fondly, reminisced and smiled at the precariousness of it all and found they were perfectly happy with what was left.
They found that if they could retain happiness they could retain their youth.