It is hard to believe that another Easter will soon be here…holidays seem to tumble one on top of each other these days. I am glad Easter is late this spring so hopefully I can get a few things done so it will be in full technicolor for the Easter activities.
I am down to the last book in the Mitford series and Father Tim is feeling his age…he is about to turn the double seven’s and is definitely realizing it… in too many ways.
One afternoon… after helping his son Dooley work on the farm and get things ready for his upcoming wedding…he makes an astute observation. He is having to make more and more excuses for not being able to do things he could do even a few years earlier when he wasn’t so…so…so what was the term “aged out” or “along in years?”
What was the language to be learned for being old?
Last night I thought about that one question a lot since it hits pretty close to home these days. Shouldn’t there be a guide book or something to help one grow old with a little more …um…pizazz? I just don’t want to turn into an antique…nice to keep around but not particularly useful…just an object to dust off occasionally.
I googled aging and discovered a lot of ideas floating around out there…. even words we should avoid because they “age” us immediately.
It is interesting to me that the word “aging” comes from the Latin derivative aevum, meaning “lifetime.” If we do have the privilege of living a relatively long lifetime or life span…let’s face it…we are going to have to learn how to deal with aging.
Besides the obvious physical “downfall” (Due to Newton’s gravity law) which, if we have enough money, can be fixed at a price…there are other areas too where we find ourselves “aged out.”
Clothes is a big category when it comes to “aging out”of certain styles. I pretty much dress today the same as I always have except I do find myself looking for long shirts/blouses or tunics much more than the standard shirts….someone told me recently that tunics would soon be going out and short shirts and blouses back in…which means I will soon be out of style again…love my tunics.
Less is best when it comes to make-up at a certain age and since I have never worn much anyway…this isn’t such a problem except when it comes to lipstick. Now I know why mother was always putting on lipstick…Have you noticed? At some pre-destined age our lips disappear …(at least it appears that way to me.) Now when we take Ya pictures everyone runs to their pocketbook to find their lipstick to put on before they smile.
Oops…I just made an “aged out” mistake. No more “pocketbooks”…that is what our mothers and grandmothers used…today it is only “purses” where we keep our keys and… lipstick.
And I can only buy pants now…never slacks. Outside of the United Kingdom everyone, men and women wear pants. The word Slacks is another “age-out.”
And I do remember this next word (one I particularly love) being used in another context when Grandmother Wilson watched television…..Today most people watch TV Shows. Your grandmother still subscribes to TVGuide so she can find out what time her stories are on.
And the last one is “Heavens”….excited expression used only by sweet senior citizens when there is a discount on “pocketbooks” and “slacks.”
Here is the link to these Top 50 funny observation into out-dated and “aged-out” expressions. It will keep you laughing…mostly, like me, at myself!
So until tomorrow…All kidding aside…I might not be aging as ‘gracefully‘ as I once hoped…but I am aging ‘gratefully.’ Aging is a gift…the gift of life…so let’s go make and get the most out of it for as long as we can!
“Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh
Is there anything prettier….wisteria growing among azaleas? Thank goodness for long red lights at intersections and bushes growing close to the road.