“Who has time to get old?”a friend commented on Facebook the other day, and she’s right. With a bit of luck I want to come skidding in to meet the Grim Reaper having had a rollercoaster of a ride during my latter years.
And although we might not have time to get old, it doesn’t stop the ‘senior moments’ slipping into the equation, and they definitely require a sense of humour.
I think you need to be on the look out for the funny side of some of the more ahem, forgetful moments, we might have as well as How to Be Happier as you age.
The funny side of getting older – just roll with it!
I have a funny feeling that my brain has decided to take on the role of resident comedian because it goes AWOL at the strangest times, which actually has given me good reason to have some great belly laughs.
Like the other day. I lost my wallet.
Where did I find it?
In the fridge of course as I was making dinner. Why? Because I’d shoved it in a shopping bag earlier as I came out of the Supermarket. Once home I began unpacking the groceries in a rush and had lots of other things on my mind. So I shoved it in the fridge with the brocolli. Obvious! But when I needed my wallet during the day, it was nowhere to be found. I can almost hear my brain chuckling as I write this.
I’m not the only one to do silly things though.
A very dear friend of mine, dashed into the post office a couple of days ago, and when she came out, she didn’t get into my red car, but got into the red car parked in front of me! She told me:
“When I was about to buckle the seat belt up I realised my mistake – I just turned to the woman in the driver’s seat who was looking a little bit aghast and as I rushed to get out I said: ‘Sorry! I should have gone to Specsavers!”
My dear Mum told me a funny story the other day and we nearly wet ourselves laughing about it. You see she was driving along a remote Devon lane minding her own business when she saw a woman walking along carrying some shopping bags. Feeling sorry for her as it was a hot day, she stopped and her partner M wound down the passenger’s window and Mum asked:
“Would you like a lift?” She thought the woman said, “No Thank You, the Weather’s Lovely,” and so off she drove in a puff of exhaust fumes.
“What did you do that for?” M said “Why did you drive off?”
“Well, she didn’t want a lift.” Mum replied. “Silly woman! Preferred to walk because the weather’s lovely!”
“She wanted a lift!” Said M. “She put down her bags and was about to open the rear door. She said, “Oh Thank You, that would be lovely.”
When they found somewhere to turn around and then drove back, the (bemused and probably rather shaken) woman was seen getting into another car.
What did you say dear?
But there’s something else you should know. If you meet me at a party and the music is loud, and I’m smiling inanely at you all the time, it’s not because I’ve had too much to drink, it’s probably because I can’t hear a bloody thing you’re saying. So please make sure you Open-Your-Mouth-When-You-Talk because I’ll be trying to lip read.
Adults getting younger?
And while on the subject of getting older, am I the only one who has an uncomfortable suspicion that while I’m getting more ancient some people seem to be getting younger? I have a sneaky feeling that the Deities are creating adults more like children these days. I have very real evidence to suggest that they are allowing children to become doctors and dentists, and it doesn’t imbue me with immediate confidence. Do you know what I mean?
Famous quotes about getting old
Of course Groucho Marx had some good one-liners about aging … He said, “Anyone can get old, all you have to do is live long enough.”
Getting older, feeling younger
Oh, but how time passes and yes it does appear to whizz by faster with each year that fizzles past.
The other day I had a really nasty moment. I looked at my children when they were over here for dinner on Sunday, and realised that they are now older than I feel. I also realised that my son is a few months older than my husband was when I first met him in Thailand all those years ago.
And boy, what some partying we did back then during the first years of knowing each other. Not anymore though … I don’t know about you but I can’t drink as much these days, which is probably a good thing. Anyway sometimes I can get the same woozy feeling you get from alcohol just by getting up out of bed too quickly.
What would Lucille Ball do?
Lucille Ball said: “The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.”
But I like to be philosophical about age – it’s just a number. The way to look at is that if you’re 50 then actually you’re only 25 (with 25 years of indispensable experience).
Hmmm! What funny things have happened to you recently?