In November, while on my little hiatus from blogging, I decided to take some road trips. When I am not inspired to whine to all my bloggee friends, I try to channel my energy into other things. So, I took myself to Arkansas to visit my 100 year old grandmother. I don't do this nearly often enough and she reminds me on a regular basis that she isn't getting any younger.
The real "bite in the butt" about visiting my grandma is I have a freakish resemblance to her. The story goes that my mother, upon the event of my birth, started crying. Uncontrollable, inconsolable, crying...when asked why, she said to my dad "She looks just like your mother". She didn't mean it as a compliment but I suspect my mother wasn't my grandma's biggest fan.
Alas, in November when I walked into the living room to visit Grandma, at least 3 family members just felt compelled to say, "Gosh, you two look alike." Thanks a heap, family!!! Are you saying that I look like I am approaching my 101st birthday. (Although, to be fair, my grandma doesn't look a day over 85)
Trying to look at the more positive aspects of having a grandma that will celebrate 101 is that I could honestly claim that I was middle aged when I had my 50th birthday. I will also, concede that it is gratifying to hope that I will be as funny and articulate at 100 as my Grandma is. I would like to think that I will still be living at home and making funny jokes and following them up with a really cute laugh as she does. Time will tell. What is not particularly fun is seeing what another 41 years looks like on my face. I suspect that her face indeed will be my face in that time of my life.
Why is it that as people go over the 50 mark, there is an enormous bias (let's be honest...bigotry) dealing with aging? The only upside to this is that usually when people get into their 90's and 100's everyone thinks they are adorable. (and they are, nine times out of ten)
Aging in America is difficult. We live in culture where youth is more than admired..... it is required. Getting older is very much frowned upon in today's America. (Be ever so mindful of the frown lines that would ensue by all those frowns)
No more are the days of all the glorious quotes that equate longevity with wisdom and grace.
The years teach much which the days never knew.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk.
Age is the acceptance of a term of years. But maturity is the glory of years.
-- Martha Graham
Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.
-- Eleanor Roosevelt
Not long ago I went to a luncheon where a couple of the Hallmark Card creators were in attendance. One of the glories of Kansas City, is in fact, it is the home of Hallmark. A lot of creative types work and live here for that company. Anyway, John Wagner was there. He was on the program to do a little presentation about his cartoon "Maxine".
Maxine is loosely based on his mother and aunt, I think he said. Or maybe he told me it was based on his grandmother and mother. I was so busy being amused that I no longer remember exactly what he said. He is a totally entertaining guy. Go buy some of his Shoebox cards.
|If one were to do a cartoon about me, this might fit.|
Speaking of aging... a little joke....
After being married 25 years, a man looked at his wife one day and said, "You know, 25 years ago we lived in a cheap apartment, drove a cheap car, had only a sofa bed and watched a 14" black and white television. BUT, every night I got to sleep with a hot 25 year old blonde."
"Now," he continued, "We have a nice house, a new car, a big flat-screen TV, but I have to sleep with a 50 year old woman. It doesn't seem fair."
His wife was a reasonable woman. She replied, "Well, why don't you go out and get yourself a hot 25 year old blonde? Then I'll make sure you will once again live in a cheap apartment, drive a cheap car, have only a sofa bed and watch a 14" black and white television."
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