I am 74 years old and there are days when I think or feel that maybe I’m old. I have out lived my dad and my Grandfather and am closing in on my Great Grandfather. I have a terminal illness that may kill me sooner than later. Because my cancer is dormant I live in 90 day buckets between PT scans. Don’t know what the protocol is if it wakes up but I will follow Doctors orders when that time comes.
Every morning after a bit of game playing I drink coffee and read the Indy Star. Don’t know if you have noticed but on page 2 there is a very short but meaningful prayer. So after reading the front page and various items on page 2 &3 I read the short prayer and then say my 2nd prayer of the day then on to the obits. By training and profession I was at one time a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. Out of habit Funeral Directors read the obits for the same reasons I do every day. First to see if there is anyone I know including myself listed and to see where the business went. So this morning I wondered how I stacked up against those who were in the obits. An aside; few people die anymore, they pass away, end their journey, entered heaven, went to be with the Lord, passed quietly, and a few you have no Idea, they just have an obit. There were 46 obits in the paper this morning and an interesting 5 had no age listed, vanity till the last and 3 died. When I looked at the demographics there were 18 people who died that were younger than me and 23 who were older, the oldest being 97years old.
When I was a lot younger, and even in1976 when I went to embalming school, if someone lived to age 97 they were an exception to the rule. There were very few couples who made it to 50 years of marriage but there were a few and there were huge open houses and parties to celebrate. My grandparents made it to 50+ years and my great grandparent made it to 75 years but my folk were 2 months shy of 50 years when my dad died 27 years ago.
Whenever I breathe my last, I died! I will not have been predeceased by anyone. They just died before I did so they preceded me in death; seems like political correction has even gotten into the business of dying.
Back to the beginning, I am 74 and based on the obits this morning I am almost at the mid-point of normal life. If I live 4+ more years I will have out lived 3 generations of Isley’s. Am I old, it depends on who you ask. If you ask my 95 year old mother she will probably say, if she can hear you, no but if you ask the grand kids they will say yes. I wonder what old will be when the grand kids get to be 74.
So, am I old or past my prime? You will have to ask someone else because I really don’t know the answer. I don’t know how you are supposed to feel when your 74. If you know the answer let me know.
Thanks for listening,
The crotchety old man