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Sunday, May 31, 2015

"In My Day"

I suppose it's because there is a big birthday coming up in just under three weeks that has me thinking about being one of the elderly -- a 'senior' -- an old fart -- etc. ad nauseum. Some friends of mine tell me that being around the grandchildren makes them feel young -- not me -- it wears me out and brings on serious bouts of impatience and grumpiness.

More and more I am using expressions that I remember my grandparents and aunties using, like 'in my day' or 'when I was a girl' or even 'back in the 60's' or worse, 'back in the 60's when I was young...'
When I was a young woman, it wasn't a problem finding a job -- there were always loads in the paper ...
In my day, I had no trouble getting an apartment that I could afford on my own ...
It was all so Happy Days and comedy sit-com-land! Can you tell I come from white middle class America? Indeed!

I used to love comedy programs -- now I can't appreciate the comedians my children find hilarious. Most movies do not interest me at all and when I go The Man doesn't want to go with me because the sound is so loud it hurts his ears. We are both old codgers and there is no going back...

We are going away for two weeks for my birthday to a warm Mediterranean location. I have not been told exactly where -- which is fine with me as I do like surprises. And old codger that I am I do still enjoy travelling -- although the long haul trips do take their toll on me when I get back home. And my back aches a lot -- well everything aches first thing in the morning.

The weatherman said this morning that for the next couple of days it will feel more like the end of October and early November than the 1st of June. Needless to say, he got that right. I am off now for my slippers and very cozy dressing gown  before settling down with a hot drink and  the next installment of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell...

Cheers!

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  1. Do you also find yourself pointing to places and saying what they used to be?

    "There used to be a soda shop there."

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  2. I have so much fun being old around my kids and young around my grandkids, or is it the other way around? I do know I like routine more than ever I just can't seem to settle on one and just when life was getting really crazy my husband and I decided to be homesteaders like we were in 1976 again. We may be wise but man can we be stupid!

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    1. Oh I do like the idea of being old around your kids, young around your grandkids and then being the other way around! That could actually be fun!

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  3. A sister-in-law chirpily asked me recently if my granddaughters kept me feeling young. To which I could only answer NO. And I do tell them how it was in my day.

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    1. We are absolutely in agreement!

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    1. Just don't go too far back -- it could be problematic!

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  5. I feel the same about most movie theaters. I go to them armed with my earplugs, and put them in before the trailers start. I don't know why they do that, but I agree that they are WAY too loud. :-)

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    1. So many younger people have damaged their hearing listening to loud music I think they don't realize how loud it is in the movie houses. You are wise to be armed with earplugs.

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  6. Starting a new life in France when I was sixty seems to have done the trick for me!

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    1. I know -- you seem to be getting younger and younger!

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  7. I sit at work and think quietly, "been there, done that, yes, yes, and that, yes and that, and we were much more daring than that" and so it goes on. I actually thought today that I have had enough, there is nothing they do that I haven't done and I am no longer even entertained by them (that's my young colleagues I'm talking about) and they beginning to bore me.

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    1. I have often been annoyed when children moan and groan about being bored... Now Infind it's my turn to be!

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  8. Guess what? You are completely NORMAL!
    Enjoy your big birthday and your holiday, but remember we are waiting to read all about it...

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    1. I have been gathering up my thoughts in the shade by the pool while waiting for my chosen lunch to be served! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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  9. Happy (early) Birthday, Broad! I turned 70 in April and find that, despite my continuing good health and sound mind, I'm more aware of time and limitations as I watch friends and neighbors struggle and know my time will come. I find that I can get grumpy about some forms of social media -- and the insistence in some parts of the publishing industry that if you're not amassing legions of followers on Twitter and the like, you're irrelevant. I find myself grousing that it used to be that good writing was more important than building your brand. I, too, struggle with movies and rarely watch t.v. I don't have grandkids, but I do have a five year old niece and three year old nephew and I love them dearly, but a little goes a long way. I, too, remember when it was easy to get a job and an apartment. I just walked into the magazine I had decided I wanted to work for, said I was available and they hired me, even though they didn't have a specific job open just then. And my first apartment cost $125 a month. I really feel for kids today who have such trouble finding real jobs with benefits and living independently. And I'm glad I -- we -- grew up when we did!

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    1. We really did have it good. But how little we appreciated it at the time!

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  10. Enjoy the surprise trip! Happy Birthday!

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    1. Thanks! Rosaria. So far it has been fabulous and still more to come!

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  11. I'll be following you to that Big Birthday next year, Broad and am another who finds myself saying the kind of thing you mention. We've stopped going to the cinema and catch up with films on TV or DVD - much more civilised. :-) Have a wonderful birthday trip and don't forget to take a few photos to show us.

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    1. We are both enjoying our Cyprus adventure! My goodness but it does get hot! 36C today!

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  14. A surprise birthday trip! How lovely! I’d love to have something like this, but my husband cannot go on the computer anymore and if he did, he would not remember why he is on it …. But our 48th wedding anniversary is around the corner and I am planning a little trip for us and I know it will be fun. Trips can be so glorious and make wonderful memories.

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    1. You have certainly reported on some fabulous adventures! I look forward to hearing about you next "surprise"...

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