It’s not the aches and pains or the numbers on the calendar that suddenly make you feel old. This is what happens:
- You go to a high school football game and the CHILD who was in your kindergarten class is walking the sidelines with her CHILD.
- You read your daughter’s blog and it’s written in some foreign language of techno babble and current slang phrases that you don’t understand.
- You fear buying any new appliance or device because you know you will need a geek (your son) to even plug it into the outlet.
- You watch a news report on “back to school” necessities and you don’t know what any of them are, much less what they do.
- You walk through the mall and see people dressed in clothes you would be embarrassed to sleep in.
- You watch a new game show and hope that the majority of the population has not slipped ten IQ points in the last decade.
- You struggle to read a novel because the type is so darn small.
- You fall asleep during the evening news- the 6pm one.
- You make endless lists so you don’t forget anything.
- You still forget to buy laundry detergent.
We went to the football game Friday night and struggled to stay there until the third quarter. It was hot, and the game was terrible. Our boys lost 44-0. I told Gary I felt like having my own huddle- “Look boys. It hurts me to sit on this bench. My back aches, my leg gets numb, my ankle throbs. I’m old. At least make it worth my pain!” LOL I hope they get better as the weather improves and they have more of a chance to practice.
The three of us were watching a golf tournament yesterday and I thought about how ironic it is that just ten years ago you couldn’t pay me to watch golf. Didn’t like it, didn’t understand it, didn’t believe it could be that difficult to whack a little ball around. An “old man’s sport”. I’m not sure when that changed. Watched little bits and pieces of the game as I was walking through the room. Watched a little while reading a book. Became interested in a couple of players. Found myself paying attention. I’m not saying I now understand all the nuances of the game, but I’m pretty sure it’s a lot harder than it looks, and it’s actually enjoyable to watch.
My father game to visit yesterday. He is 77 years old. Came to give me the number for his new cell phone. Told me about the week he just spent helping to put a new roof on my brother’s house. Plans to work on his fall gardening chores this week. The man defies every health and nutrition guideline you can name, and still keeps going. We should be so lucky!