Now We Are ‘The Elderly’

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Yesterday our neighbor said to my wife, “Let me know if there’s anything I can do for you, if there’s anything you need.”

When Patty told me about it, I wondered, “What would we need?”

“You don’t understand. It’s because we’re elderly. The virus is an extra-big threat to The Elderly.”

I am not going to get mad at the woman, who spoke from the goodness of her heart. But “elderly”? Me? How did that happen? I mean, I’ve still got my box of animals and dinosaurs–doesn’t that count? I get no points for riding my bike no-handed? A doctor once gave me points for that.

My wife has COPD, and the men on my father’s side of the family tend not to live that long. Uh-oh. I do wish my book sales would go up before Father Time finishes sharpening his scythe.

Stonewall Jackson, when asked why he never seemed afraid to go into battle, said it was all in God’s hands. God would decide when the general’s time was up; and until that happened, he was as safe on the battlefield as he’d be in his own bed at home.

But I still don’t like being thought of as “elderly.” It’ll be “daft old trout” next.

23 comments on “Now We Are ‘The Elderly’

  1. “daft old trout” ? How old, er, young, do you have to be to say that? – lol. So if you’re not elderly now, when? I’m sorry – your article is so playfully funny I just had to, well, play. PS: Yesterday a millennial member of the democratic party-i’m-not came by to see how I was and if I needed anything. Is it because i’m elderly, or Republican?

    1. Boy would I just love that! And no honking horns. I live in a democratic city so I’ll probably have more fun that you.

    2. I’m 65, although most people think I’m in my fifties. I keep fit and am in excellent health. I HATE when people are patronizing towards me because I’m older than they are and I hate it even more when I’m patronized by some pipsqueak I could easily take with one hand behind my back. Our once proud nation has been molded into wimps by an education system that seeks to make all of us into sheeple.

    3. As one middle-school kid once said to me, “I didn’t like that movie because it’s old!”
      When our educators are not indoctrinating children, they’re culturally impoverishing them.

  2. I’ve also had a call from a very nice woman from my parish to see whether I was all right and whether I “needed anything.” She did frame it mostly on the grounds that I lived alone, but I don’t think she would have called a 30-something who lived alone. 😉

    I kind of like being old and being thought of as elderly — it gives me a good excuse for all the clumsy, forgetful, and downright stupid things I’ve been doing all my life. 🙂 Besides, it took me a long time and a lot of work to get here, and I’d like a little credit for the effort.

    Oh, and for you young whippersnappers in your 60s or younger who want to know, I’m 78.

    1. P.S.–This reminds me of one of the proudest moments of my life. It occurred on the basketball court. A man said to his teammate, whom I was covering, “He’s old enough to be your grandpa, and he’s destroying you!”

      Oh, to be 60 again!

  3. Being elderly is only part of it, it’s also having underlying health issues that was the biggest contributor. I’m on a bit of a news fast at the moment, it has become far too depressing. I don’t agree with the way all this is being handled. It needed to be addressed in a way that doesn’t shut everything down. The economic consequences from all this will affect far more people than the virus ever will. But the die has been cast, and I’m just along for the ride at this point.

  4. I’m inspired, mostly by Phoebe, to leave another comment. One day I’m holding onto a strap on the bus. The next day people are giving me their seats. Yes, I like being old(er).

    1. Maybe you’re not old enough or don’t look your age. It happens in phases. I had one phase when I retired and another one after that. I’d rather look like a 200 year old, back when people lived to be 500 or more. It’s all relative my dear Watson..

  5. I felt young until I was diagnosed with prostate cancer and had to undergo 40 sessions of radiation. I have never been the same since and now feel old. It is humbling, but then again, being humble is precious in the eyes of our Lord. We all have our crosses to bear. Understanding that is a big part of being happy in a fallen world.

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