Writing is like being able to put life into a snow globe. It takes the things that are too big and scary and reduces them into a form that I can put away when I want and look at from a distance. It also takes all that’s good in life and captures it into something I can take out when I want and look at close up and keep forever. It makes the bad things into something I can hold…and the good things into something I can hold onto. Both help so much that I need that little souvenir of life.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Ten Things: Yet MORE Good Things About Getting Old!

21. We can get away with more stuff. Old people are stereotypically so harmless that no one suspects us of anything. I think it’s because we sometimes don’t have the energy to be really awful. Or maybe because we look too much like someone’s mom.

22. I feel so empowered because no one yells at me anymore. They’re all younger than I am and are a little scared of me.

23. At school, I can leave my coat out and no teenager will steal it because it has cooties of sorts. Though a male teacher did walk off with it once thinking it was his.

24. Young people—even girls—hold doors for me.

25. It’s harder to see those chin hairs with my eyesight going.

26. It’s harder to see the backs of my legs due to my increasing decrepitude.

27. I don’t mind writing entire blog posts about my intestines.

28. My friends apparently don’t mind reading posts about my intestines, bless them, and even leave comments so I don’t feel like I’m the only one.

29. I’ve been through enough awful stuff that it takes very little to make me feel happy and lucky.

30. That hair that’s growing where no hair should grow becomes less noticeable because—as if the aforementioned isn’t bad enough—it’s turned white.


  1. Tammy---All of these are spot-on! I have a forest growing between my eyebrow and my eye, but I can't see the wild, stray hairs because--as you've already pointed out---they're white!

  2. You are so right about the coat thingy. Criminy! Kids act like getting old is contagious.

  3. ROFL... though our eyesight is fading others are not so fortunate and will tell us about our chin hairs. And it happened to me in the middle of the 4th of July parade. :)
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  4. It certainly takes fortitude to grow older, doesn't it? (A good sense of humor doesn't hurt, either)


  5. I hated when I get a wild hair! Tammy you are so funny.

  6. When someone says to me, "You can't do that!" I always come back with, "I'm old. I can do whatever I want!"

  7. Haha. . .yes, to all of the above. My advice: don't get one of those magnifying mirrors. I have one and it's terrifying!

  8. Tee hee! As I prepare for my 64th birthday coming up soon, I found just too much in this piece I could identify with...LOL! But of course, one of the best things about getting old is that now we merely laugh at things that would once have upset us. At least we're still here...:)


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