Like many columnists, I am an observer of life. I try to report it as I see it.
Of course, that is from the perspective formed by my life experiences, which color my perception.
I try to share the humor I have experienced. I try not to share too much of the negative things I see. But negative things are facts of life and need to be reported as well.
This column is about the humor that surrounds growing older.
My friend Pat Stonsby is a regular supplier of Internet humor. For example, Pat frequently sends me “Maxine” cartoons and related material.
I love Maxine. She frequently reflects my feelings about the attitudes of the “non-aged” toward us oldsters.
With good intentions, many folks look down on us as if we are “spent” and have nothing left to offer. Everyone else knows better what is good for us.
I have personally experienced folks with that attitude. The tendency is to look at us only for the things we can no longer do well; when we are far superior to young folks on the things we still can do. They do not appear to be interested in learning from us.
Maxine tells it the way it is. She represents the “growing older” group with realism. In a recent email, Pat sent me a rather long statement from Maxine. It is called “Health Message from Maxine.” If you are an aged person, you will probably find it hilarious.
You can discover why she believes it is better to live the “Tortoise Life” than take all the exercise advice young folks heap on us.
Here are a few thoughts from Maxine:
• “God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked and the good fortune to run into the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.”
• “Now that I’m older, here’s what I discovered. I started out with nothing and still have most of it.”
• “I finally got my head together and my body is falling apart.”
• “Some days you’re the dog and some days you’re the hydrant.”
• “I wish the buck stopped here. I could use a few.”
There are many more senior thoughts you will laugh at. Google “Health Message from Maxine” and click on the Sodahead version.
I guarantee you’ll love it. If you are like me, you will see a lot of yourself in what Maxine has to say. That’s what makes it so funny.
Let me know what you think. I am always interested in humorous senior experiences. Send them to me.
Murray Bass can be reached at 427-0744 or firstname.lastname@example.org.