second spring in one's life

Discussion in 'English Only' started by danielxu85, Mar 11, 2007.

  1. danielxu85 Senior Member

    Qingdao
    Mandarin Chinese
    It makes sense in my native language to say "second spring in life". Does it do so in English? Does it mean to "have a second peak time in one's life"?

    She belives that while retirement is certainly a time for career women to step out and do what they've always wanted to do, housewives should also take the opportunity to make the most of their second spring in life.
     
  2. Siberia

    Siberia Senior Member

    UK-Wales - English
    Sounds good to me, even a bit poetic.
     
  3. danielxu85 Senior Member

    Qingdao
    Mandarin Chinese
    Could you paraphrase this phrase for me?
     
  4. Siberia

    Siberia Senior Member

    UK-Wales - English
    .......housewives should make the most of this new opportunity life offers them.
     
  5. Tabac Senior Member

    Pacific Northwest (USA)
    U. S. - English
    I've never heard it, but it makes sense.
     
  6. emma42 Senior Member

    North East USA
    British English
    I don't think I have heard this, but it would be perfectly acceptable. I have heard "in the autumn of her years", "in the winter of her life" etc.

    It means "second youth", in terms of life becoming fresh and happy and hopeful again.

    From what you have written, daniel, I think you understand it well.
     
  7. AngelEyes

    AngelEyes Senior Member

    English - United States
    She could be "going through her second childhood."


    In a positive sense, it's when a person who is perhaps retired, starts enjoying life again like an excited child would.




    AngelEyes
     
  8. emma42 Senior Member

    North East USA
    British English
    "Going through a second childhood" can have connotations of dementia, loss of control or lack of responsibility, though, as well as a resurgence of more positive youthful traits.
     
  9. AngelEyes

    AngelEyes Senior Member

    English - United States
    That's true, Emma. That's why I specifically stated that I was speaking about the phrase in a "positive sense" only.

    You hear it spoken in this way a lot when affectionately talking about senior citizens.



    AngelEyes
     
  10. danielxu85 Senior Member

    Qingdao
    Mandarin Chinese
    Thanks, Emma! Could I use the phrase "a new lease on life" in this context? Could you tell me the reason?
     
  11. emma42 Senior Member

    North East USA
    British English
    Daniel, my dear, you need to open a new thread for that one!
     

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