What is good about growing old?
Here are some responses that I received as I was brainstorming with a good friend on the early part of this year.
“Nothing really, it’s dreadful,” he said.
“Nothing, I suppose,” I replied.
“It’s pretty freaking bleak,” he continued.
“I don’t feel old enough to make a judgment that I am feeling old. Maybe I am, but it doesn’t feel like I am in my mid to upper 40’s,” he said.
“How old are you?” he asked
Are you asking me how old I am?” I exclaimed.
“I feel very old….Maybe. Too old to remember now,” I continued and returned with the original question “What is good about growing old?”
“Nothing”, (said as nah-thing) we both said.
“I don’t know what to say. I have nothing good to say”, he pondered.
“Absolutely nothing?” I asked.
“Better not to ask,” he grunted.
“Who said I was old?” He quickly added.
A few weeks passed, and we returned to the subject with the following:
“Theoretically, you would have more money,” he said.
“and senior discounts!” I added.
“You are supposed to be wiser but we all know that is not true,” he said with a small sad grin.
“When you find out about what is good about growing old, come and see me,” I said, hoping for a better answer later.