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Reflections on Getting Old
By Dr Phillip Randall
1st February 2006
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Everything is farther than it used to be. It is twice as far from my house to the bus line and they’ve added a hill I just noticed. Seems to me that they’re making stairs steeper than they used to, maybe that’s because it’s so much farther from the first floor to the second floor, and it’s becoming difficult to make two steps at a time.
Have you noticed the small type they’re using today? One has to squint to make out the news. You know it is ridiculous to suggest that an older person needs glasses when it is the only way they can find out what is happening without someone reading to them. That isn’t much help because everyone seems to speak in such a low voice I can scarcely hear them.
Even the weather is changing. The winters are getting colder, the summers are hotter, even the rain is much wetter. In the winters, the way they make them today, the draughts are more severe as well.
People are changing too. For one thing they are younger than they used to be when I was their age. On the other hand, people my age are so much older than I am. I realise my friends are past middle age, but there’s no reason for them to rush into old age. You know, I ran into a friend the other night at a party and she had changed so much she didn’t know me. Put on some weight she said. Just modern food I said.
You know I got to thinking about her this morning as I was getting dressed and I looked at my reflection in the mirror and do you know what? It seems they don’t use the same kind of glass in the mirrors any more either!
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