I love old people

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No, seriously…I’m not being sarcastic here.  I really do like old people.  They’ve lived so long, managed to figure out what matters and what doesn’t, they tell great stories about the good old days, they’ve made it to a place in life where they just don’t care about what other people think of them, they say and do exactly what they want to do…very cool!

Over the past few days at work, I’ve had very pleasant dealings  with several old people.  Now, I’ll admit,  there are times that old folks can be a little irritable, but I figure they’ve earned that right…when I think about how many major changes they’ve had to live through over the course of their lives…whew…who wouldn’t be a little irritable…In the 50’s, women wore dresses and gloves whenever they went out…no sweats or shorts at the grocery store for them.   They teased their hair, always wore makeup and perfume, used handkerchiefs instead of Kleenex.  Comfort wasn’t the reason they did anything…I mean, really…they wore girdles…no comfort there!  And the men wore suits and ties for every little get together…not just weddings and funerals…I’m thinking ties aren’t really a comfort item either.  And tennis shoes, athletic shoes, sneakers?  Birkies?  Flip flops?  You wouldn’t see old people wearing those for anything (well…the Birkies… you might find an old hippie somewhere with a pair of Birkies on…but not your everyday, run of the mill old person).

And think how different food is now…McDonalds?  PapaJohn’s?  Drive throughs?  Eating while driving a car?  (And we won’t even think about texting while driving)  People sat down to dinner together, ate a home cooked meal and actually (gasp) talked about the day.  Can you imagine how older people feel when they see their great grandkids eating fast food two or three times a day?  Or families just grabbing something quick on the way out the door?  It has to be a shock!

Computers, smart phones…facebook and twitter…I had an older woman tell me (just today) that she didn’t have a computer because she just can’t figure them out…so I didn’t even ask if she’d liked our facebook page…hmm…wonder if she would have slapped me for that?

See, I think my grandfather would have enjoyed computers…I think he would have been amazed at how much easier his geneology searches would have been.  And I could see him getting into emailing the family.  Grandma?  Well, not so much.  I really admire older people who take classes to learn about computers (or anything else, for that matter)…having a lifelong desire to learn is something I hope I’m able to maintain.  After all, someday (in the not too distant future) I’ll be that old lady…sans the girdle…not going there…

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One Response

  1. Yes. Yes. Yes. Bring back the tie, bring back the handkerchief. I’ll take classy over comfort.

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