Beautiful Old People
By Steve Goodier
A reporter was interviewing a 104-year-young woman. "And what do you think is
the best thing about 104?" the journalist asked.
"No peer pressure," she replied.
When I was in college, I worked in an after school daycare center with a
marvelous woman in her mid-seventies. One day she was complaining about her age.
"All my friends are old and crippled," she remarked. "They’re either crippled in
their legs or crippled in their minds."
I know that growing older is not easy, at any age. Columnist Dave Barry talked
about it when he turned 40. "If I don’t warm up before throwing a football," he
said, "I have to wait approximately until the next presidential administration
before I attempt to do this again."
But even with its aches and pains and a variety of other problems, aging does
have an upside. Sister Mary Gemma Brunke has so beautifully written:
"It is the old apple trees that are decked with the loveliest blossoms. It is
the ancient redwoods that rise to majestic heights. It is the old violins that
produce the richest tones. It is the aged wine that tastes the sweetest. It is
ancient coins, stamps and furniture that people seek. It is the old friends that
are loved the best. Thank God for the blessings of age and the wisdom, patience
and maturity that go with it. Old is wonderful!"
"Beautiful people are acts of nature," it has been said, "but beautiful old
people are works of art."
I hope someday to be a work of art.
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