How Old is ‘Old’?

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On more than one occasion, I’ve been insulted by liberals on account of my age. As in, “You still don’t get it, do you, grandpa?” as a clever way of putting down to creeping senility my opposition to one or the other of their creepy social engineering projects. If I were only young and vibrant–and ignorant–I would naturally embrace the wisdom of socialism, gender-bending, or whatever.

I saw a movie last night in which a man, the victim of a reputation-destroying lie, was described even by his loving family as “old” and all but ready for the glue factory–at 68! Like, someone that old, it’s not even worthwhile to rescue his good name: he might pop off 15 minutes later. And the actor who played him looked only a little livelier than the mummy of Ramesses II (pictured above).

Sixty-eight years old… Wait a minute! I’m 68! Doh!

Oh, you mean “68 years young“! Is there a smarmier or more condescending expression in any language in the world? And meanwhile, how did the word “older” come to mean “less old”? How is that a euphemism for “old”?

Well, lemme tell ya somethin’ about “old.”

If you’re 68 instead of 38, it means you can remember better times and better people than a 38-year-old will ever know–although he’s in better shape than a 28-year-old, and much better off than an 18-year-old. It means you have seen better ways of doing things than are done now, and you know what they look like and remember how to do them. It means you know, for a fact, that we don’t have to live like sock puppets. You’ve even seen some worse things, and you know what should be avoided.

A doctor said to me, a year or so ago, “You ride your bike no-handed. What more do you want?” I rest my case.



About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations.

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12 responses to “How Old is ‘Old’?

  • UnKnowable

    Pride goes before a fall.

    • leeduigon

      As some readers of this blog may remember, I already had my fall, and it was a doozy. February of 2016. I still can’t believe I got injured so badly, just falling down with my bike. As a boy I must’ve fallen a hundred times, at least, and never had more to show for it than just a bump or scrape.

  • apocalypse2blog

    I ride my bike and drive a sports car – that is the only time I can pretend I am not old – grandchildren make you feel old – it feels good

  • Erlene

    I am 84, and if the physical problems would go away, I would not be a day older than 34. The memory is getting rusty in some areas, but hey, they were probably not that important anyway. When something important needs to be remembered, I just ask the Holy Spirit. He has every answer instantly.

    • UnKnowable

      The only disadvantage of age is a result of our fallen state. Looking back at my life I have gained so much from experience that I wouldn’t go back to my youth for anything.

    • leeduigon

      I look back in sheer horror at some of the things I said and did and believed when I was in my 20s and 30s.

    • Linda Sorci

      Erlene, my dad always said (before computers lol) that I had a rolodex in my head and all I had to do was flip to the information or answer. As I’ve gotten older – pushing 70 – I’ve found the rolodex to be a bit slower. I attribute that to many years of information gathering. There’s so much more clutter to wade through to get to the information we’re looking for 🙂

      • UnKnowable

        I think that is a very important point. As we have more and more experiences, our minds become ever more cluttered and it becomes a challenge to keep it all indexed, even if we haven’t actually forgotten.

        • Linda Sorci

          🙂 Thanks, Unknowable. I do believe you’re right (and so was my dad).

          • UnKnowable

            I forgot what we were talking about. 🙂

            Actually, I am astounded by the things I am able to remember. A few years ago, I was thinking about an old friend from my high school days and suddenly the phone number of his parent’s home came to mind. I probably hadn’t dialed that neither in well over 40 years, but it was still in my memory, just waiting to be triggered when I thought about my old friend.

            It seems that if I remember some person, place, or even song, and toss that memory around in my mind for a bit, I will open up a number of related memories as well and soon my mind will be flooded with details which hadn’t been consciously considered in decades.

            It’s all still upstairs folks, in the mental Rolodex God gave us.

      • leeduigon

        Yes–our upstairs file cabinets are pretty full by now!

  • Watchman

    Youth is wasted on the young.

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