06 January 2010

Getting Old

...when I ask questions, they clam right up. Mustn't upset Grandpa, you know.

Why? That's what I want to know. I hate this bizarre policy of protective exclusion, because it effectively writes me off the page...

I've decided it's not about me at all. It's a protective mechanism for them, a way of buffering themselves against my future death.


My platitudes don't hold their interest and I can hardly blame them for that. My real stories are all out of date. So what if I can speak firsthand about the Spanish flu, the advent of the automobile, world wars, cold wars, guerrilla wars, and Sputnik - that's all ancient history now. That's the reality of getting old, and I guess that's really the crux of the matter. I'm not ready to be old yet.

~Sara Gruen
Water for Elephants

What's the best thing about growing old?


  1. This is a wonderful quote! I'm guessing that the best thing about growing old is getting over giving a crap what people think. If you haven't already. :-)

  2. Stephanie - That definitely tops my list as a plus of getting old.


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