One Perspective on Growing Older
Have you ever noticed that when you're over the hill, everything seems
uphill from where you are?? Stairs are steeper. Groceries are heavier. And
everything is farther away. Yesterday I walked to the corner and was dumbfounded to
discover how long our street had become. And that's not all.
People are less considerate now, especially the young ones. They speak in
whispers all the time, and if you ask them to speak up, they just repeat
themselves, endlessly mouthing the same silent message until they're red
in the face and exhausted. What do they think I am, a lip reader??
Goodness sakes, they are so much younger than they used to be when
I was their age!
On the other hand, people my own age are so much older than I am. I ran
into an old classmate the other day, and she has aged so much that she didn't
even recognize me. I got to thinking about the poor dear while I was
combing my hair this morning, and in so doing I glanced at my own refection . . .
REALLY NOW . . . they don't even make mirrors like they used to!
And everyone drives so fast today . . . you're risking life and limb if you
happen to pull onto the freeway in front of them. All I can say is, their
brakes must wear out awfully fast the way I see them screech and swerve in my rear view
Even clothing manufacturers are becoming less civilized these days.
Why else would they suddenly start labeling a size 6 dress as a 12? Do
they think no one notices that these things no longer fit around the waist,
hips, thighs, and bosom?? And too, the fabric in dresses and slacks is so skimpy these
days (especially around the hips and waist), that it's almost impossible to
reach my shoelaces! The sizes just don't run the way they used to.
The people who make bathroom scales are pulling the same prank, but in reverse.
Do they think I actually "believe" the number I see on that dial??? HA!!
I would never let myself weigh that much! Just who do these people think they're
I'd like to call up someone in authority to report what's going on . . . but the
telephone company is in on the conspiracy too. They've printed the phone
books in such small type that no one could ever find a number in there!
All I can do is pass along this warning: Maturity is under attack! Unless
something drastic happens, pretty soon "everyone" will have to suffer
these awful indignities.
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