A couple of Sundays ago in the parking lot after church, I saw Linda and Robert Sproule. One thing she said has stuck with me, this summer is much better than last summer isn't it? Yes mam. It is great to feel good again, but the sacrifice in this life adjustment is my energy level. That is partly due to the medicine I take. It slows me down a whole lot and it causes me to be so easily fatigued. The sacrifice comes in having to say no to so many things I would love to do. I cannot tell you how many times Peggy has asked us out to the lake this summer and we have yet to go. I have to figure out energy expenditure levels and what I have to do and how much I will need. It runs the gamut having to figure out the mundane to the fun to the really exciting and how I am going to budget the energy. Hmmm, maybe this will make me better in math having to figure this all out. OK, I am laughing at the ridiculousness of that thought.
So with this thought of taking medicine that really OLD people take and the effects, I will have to comment on the article in More. For the youngsters out there, More is a magazine for those of us who are over the age of 40. The article is, How Not to Act Old, rule #1, never leave a voice mail. It begins with the thought that we oldsters at one time were cool and in our hearts we still think we are. Now most of us are acting older than we think and we need to learn how not to act to make us snicker worthy, laughs not candy, to a 26 year old. Here are some of the highlights
- Don't wear a watch. Sorry, I will have to be old on this one. It takes too much time for me to dig though my purse, find my cell phone so that I can know the time.
- Don't spout any history. Hey when I was 26 I hated this too. Oops, by telling you this, I just spouted history. Dang, this is hard.
- Don't fear the waxer. Uh, I am not going to make any comment on this.
- Don't arrive at the crack of dawn. Don't be early to everything.
- Don't block the aisle. Don't be the old, out of it person who can't see or hear or move or think well enough to even be aware they are blocking the aisle.
- Use your thumbs to text. Older generation usually over uses index finger.
- Don't yell into your cell
- If you work, don't be the office mommy. Just because we've been through things, don't assume that every young person wants our advice. If someone has a wardrobe misfunction at work, whether intentional or not, don't scold them and talk like a buttinsky "all wise" mom to them.
One of the ways not to act old according to this article, don't cook a roast. Really? One of the best roast recipes I ever received is from a person under 40. OK, I am going to break the rule of no history, but I remember when Roy and I were first married, I had my parents and grandparents over for dinner. I made a great meal which centered around fish. After the meal, my grandmother pulled me aside and said, making and serving a roast says I love you, not fish.
The book, How Not to Act Old : 185 ways to Pass for Phat, Sick, Hot, Dope, Awesome or at Least Not Totally Lame will be released August 4. Think I am going to buy a copy for myself as a birthday gift.