Dreading 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 year, 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); she was on vacation in China. . I called my husband's
uncle (age 79). I forgot; .... he was on his honeymoon....
.... I still dread old age, now more than ever. I just don't think I'm
up to it.
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