Monday, January 19, 2009

Bring it on! This I am ready for. LOL

Old Age

I have always dreaded old age. I cannot imagine anything worse than being old. [How awful it must be to have nothing to do all day long but stare at the walls or watch TV.] So, last week, when the President suggested we all celebrate Senior Citizen Week by cheering up a senior citizen, I decided to do just that. I would call on my new neighbor, an elderly retired gentleman, recently widowed, and who, I presumed, had moved in with his married daughter because he was too old to take care of himself.

I baked a batch of cookies and, without bothering to call (some old people cannot hear the phone), I went off to brighten this old guy's day. When I rang the doorbell this "old guy" came to the door dressed in tennis shorts and a polo shirt, looking about as ancient and decrepit as Donny Osmond.

"I'm sorry I can't invite you in," he said when I introduced myself, "but I'm due at the Racquet Club at two. I'm playing in the semifinals today."

"Oh, that's all right," I said. "I baked you some cookies..."

"Great!" he interrupted, snatching the box. "Just what I need for bridge club tomorrow! Thanks so much!"

I continued, "...and just thought we'd visit a while. But that's okay! I'll just trot across the street and call on Granny Grady."

"Don't bother," he said. "Gran's not home. I know -- I just called to remind her of our date to go dancing tonight. She may be at the beauty shop. She mentioned at breakfast (at which house??!) that she had an appointment for a tint job."

So I went home and called my Mother's cousin (age 83); she was in the hospital.. ..... working in the gift shop.

I called my aunt (age 74); but she was on vacation in China .

I called my husband's uncle (age 79). I forgot ........ he was on his honeymoon.

So now I dread old age more than ever. I just don't think I'm up to it.

Beautiful young people are acts of nature,
but beautiful old people are works of art.


Rottlady of the Ozarks said...

If this is what old age is all about, count me in!

अविनाश said...

nice reading this. Take care.

The 4th Sister said...

today is a beautiful day

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Love it! Thanks for sharing.

Linda said...

This is too adorable. Thanks for the fun.

Vinisha said...

I guess the perceptions have just changed to having a 'child's heart' all your life.

I remembered my grandma with this post. She loves telling stories and making funny noises especially when it involves my uncles. :)

She also taught me how to laugh with all your heart. Don't bother about what people say, just laugh your heart out. And people around me would vouch for it :)

I guess if you are capable of that much wisdom, growing old with a young heart is just the beginning.

微豆 Haricot said...

That reminds me to call my Mom and see what she is up to :)

Reader Wil said...

Ha,ha, ha... I am not that kind of old lady!!!

Anonymous said...

Every day is a nice day when we are old like me.

Leslie said...

My body is old but, my thoughts are not, I believe I will always be "young" at heart. I enjoyed the story.

Hugs to you and yours.~~~~~~

Glennis said...

Great story! My husband and I have just retired and moved to a kind of village, and just like your new neighbour we are on the go a lot enjoying life, its a fine time of life as long as you have your health and your sense of humour! We are loving it, being by the sea with a great veiw, fills us with joy every day.

Renie Burghardt said...

That's exactly how I feel. Who has time to sit around and watch TV all day. There is so much life out there to enjoy.

Great post, Patty. Have a good night.


Wanda said...

Oh how cute... I'd stay and visit but I feel the urge to dance!!



"Beautiful young people are acts of nature,
but beautiful old people are works of art."

That is lovely!

Anonymous said...

Old saying :
A man is as old as he thinks.

Gramma Ann said...

Took a little break from blogging the last few days and missed this funny.

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