Good morning everyone. Did you remember to set your clocks ahead? David, otherwise known as Pops around here, is annoyed with me because I got up at 6:30 AM again. We’re on Daylight Savings time, I tell him, so its almost 8:00 AM.
That means we went to bed at 1:00 AM, says he. Listen I say, with an annoyed voice, I’m an adult and I can go to bed and get up when I please. I then call the dog who has been waiting patiently, proceed downstairs to care for the animals, start the coffee, turn on the plant lights, fetch the paper…you know the drill.
I’ve slept about 6 hours a night all my life, even when I was a teen, and lay in bed until almost 8 AM week days, then I got up, dressed hurriedly and made a dash for the bus to school. I stayed up late every night, out with my friends or home watching the late shows on TV after we finally got one. Mom and I watched broadway shows, the Oscars, late night talk show hosts, and the televised broadcast of the Democrat political conventions. Mom was the proverbial night owl, chain smoking until the wee hours.
The next morning, Mom would sleep in until 11:00 AM, but Dad would be up early especially on Sundays when he was home. So I went to bed late like Mom and got up early like Dad a rhythm that worked well when I began to have children.
For an hour last night, we watched a PBS special, Gracefully Aging or Aging Gracefully…I’ve already forgotten the title. The woman speaker whose name also escapes me, made some interesting points about the concept of aging. I agreed with some of her conclusions and disagreed with others. For example, I agree we shouldn’t give ourselves negative messages about aging, such as “I’m having a senior moment,” when you put your keys in the refrigerator, just as you did when you were age 25.
However, I disagree about not accepting a handicap placard if you need it and some do, or discount at a store. I’m not going to turn down the 10 percent senior discount at the vet’s office. Heck we clip coupons. Remembering to use them is another matter.
Ever since the baby boomers discovered the concept of aging, one “pep talk” after another has littered the PBS landscape. The 65+ population is the fastest growing market…finally.