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    One of the best perks about aging I've discovered is you no longer have to shave under your arms. Great news, because I was never very good at it. The dreaded deodorant sting!

    Pretty much my entire life, I have not been into age as a number. It started because I was never where I "should" have been at any particular number. In school, as a child, everything seemed tied up to the number I was, and how I should know this by now, or I should have outgrown that by now. Even today, I occasionally get asked the question, "aren't you a bit old for that?". My answer, as always, is, "am I doing it? guess not". Age, to me, means the number of years that I have been here on Earth. I have been here for fifty five years now, but that doesn't mean I "should"...anything. What I should do is continue to do what I've always done. Be as sensible as needed, and wing the rest. Last year, I was asked my age for medical reasons, and I had to count up from 1956, because I didn't know how old was. I knew I was around 53 or 54, but I wasn't sure.

    Aging is a blessing, a true gift. Beats the alternative.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gutmutter View Post
    Parents get really upset sometimes when their darlings have their cell phones taken away from them at school (our policy is that a parent has to retrieve it). Same thing - they need to be able to get in touch with them. They are supposed to be locked in their lockers during the day. There is a landline phone in every room. The funniest is when one has been confiscated without being given the chance to shut it off and then another student gets busted because s/he texts while it is in the principal's possession. One 6th grade boy got his taken away and the background picture was an outrageously pornographic spread shot. Why don't the parents know what is on their kids' phones?
    Why on earth would a parent feel that if he/she needed to get in touch with a child during the school day that it would be impossible without a cell phone? Call the school and have the teacher pass on the message. And really, how often would vital information need to be passed on during the school day? I could see a child needing to know if, say, someone else was going to have to pick him/her up after school rather than Mom or Dad (and the school would likely want it confirmed that was okay anyway, particularly with younger kids) or if there were a real family emergency, but even then, is a text message the best way for junior to find out Grandma was rushed to the hospital?

    Someone needs to explain to these parents how easily phones can be used to help students cheat in the classroom, how much they distract students from what they're supposed to be learning etc. If they're worried about their students needing one for safety, aside from something like Columbine (which is a very, very rare occurrence), how unsafe are they going to be in class?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lopevian View Post
    One of the best perks about aging I've discovered is you no longer have to shave under your arms. Great news, because I was never very good at it. The dreaded deodorant sting!

    Pretty much my entire life, I have not been into age as a number. It started because I was never where I "should" have been at any particular number. In school, as a child, everything seemed tied up to the number I was, and how I should know this by now, or I should have outgrown that by now. Even today, I occasionally get asked the question, "aren't you a bit old for that?". My answer, as always, is, "am I doing it? guess not". Age, to me, means the number of years that I have been here on Earth. I have been here for fifty five years now, but that doesn't mean I "should"...anything. What I should do is continue to do what I've always done. Be as sensible as needed, and wing the rest. Last year, I was asked my age for medical reasons, and I had to count up from 1956, because I didn't know how old was. I knew I was around 53 or 54, but I wasn't sure.

    Aging is a blessing, a true gift. Beats the alternative.
    I guess I'm sort of like that. I never seemed to be typical of the age I was supposed to be in terms of tastes, no matter what that age was. I've also frequently had friends that were younger or older. Maybe it's partially because there was such an age spread in my family that there were always people of different ages hanging around and that when I was growing up, many of my close friends were in the same situation, because their siblings were also quite a bit older than they were.

    And yeah, you've basically got two options: get older or die. There's nothing anyone can do about that, so you might as well do what you enjoy, so long as you can do it, and worry less about whether it's age appropriate. You can worry about whether it's, say, legal or safe but that has less to do with age than common sense. I know people in their fifties who still collect paper dolls (though generally antique ones or antique reproductions). Perfectly legal, perfectly safe, and if other people think it's weird, who cares? It's not hurting anyone or anything, and it gives them pleasure.

    Come to think of it, that would be kind of an interesting topic for this forum: what do you still enjoy doing that others might think wasn't age appropriate and you just don't care if they don't?
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    Re: Aging - As the Violin, the Wine, & the Silver - We Get Better

    Good topic, Tilden!

    I love whatever my kids are up to... they're girls and 11 and 12 and they do so much fun stuff... I can't help but join them play Just Dance 3 or games or doing crafts. It's so much fun. I'm a leader of a girls' group for my church and the yearly sleepover (30 girls between grade 2 and 6) is a riot! I look forward to it every year even though it's a ton of work with planning and feeding them and you get no sleep... but I love every minute. We've done spa nights and talent shows and even impromptu fashion shows. Just hanging out with them and talking about boys is fun.

    Otherwise, I've had people raise eyebrows at the books I read. I love preteen authors such as Spinelli and Riorden. And I don't think you're ever too old to crank the music, sing at the top of your lungs, and just get down.... at home, in the car, or even in the mall once in a while. Even if it's mortifying to your children. Maybe especially if it's mortifying to your children.

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    Re: Aging - As the Violin, the Wine, & the Silver - We Get Better

    Quote Originally Posted by spockwhat View Post
    ...I find as I age, my health does become a greater worry. I also sometimes get saddened by the loss of the things I used to be able to do that I no longer can... toboganning, anyone?
    Ah, no, I didn't think so!
    I'm SO there with you! Regretfully. I used to love to ride bikes, but falling is so much harder now. For instance, a friend of mine, only 2 years younger than I, rode a bike at the beach last summer. She fell and hurt her hip, and is still having to go to physical therapy and a chiropractor because of it! Not worth feeling the wind in my hair for all of that! I'll just grow steadily into the little old lady who doesn't venture out on ice, either.

    Just have to accept the fact that I can no longer turn cartwheels, hang upside down by my knees, ride a bike that isn't stationary, backpack in the mountains, or ski. alas.

    BUT, I can take on new adventures! Am I now ready for the knitting, bingo, and canasta crowd? While watching Lawrence Welk and discussing operations? Help me, please!
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    At 57 I got a bike for Christmas.........my butt may be wide on the seat but who cares I love riding it.
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    I still can't resist nature, getting out and exploring...playing, really. Just as I did when I was a kid. It feels just like it did when I was a kid, too, and that feeling outweighs all the gold in the world. If a tree is easy, I still go up. A tree limb has always been a superb place to wash down a peanut butter sandwich with lukewarm water, and I see no reason to stop enjoying the pleasure. I accompanied my dad and a church group to a casino in Alpine, California (he didn't want to go alone and be "swarmed by the widows"). It was in a beautiful area. I don't gamble, so we agreed to meet for lunch at a certain hour, and I headed for the hills. It was glorious. I came upon a nice elderly man who informed me that I was trespassing on Indian property. I was mortified, and apologized profusely. Later, I had to smile because I really had gotten the full "kid" experience, trespassing and all.
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    Re: Aging - As the Violin, the Wine, & the Silver - We Get Better

    Quote Originally Posted by Miss Scarlet View Post
    I recently had someone with a 9 year old tell me that her child NEEDED a cell phone for safety & emergency purposes.
    My reply was that neither myself or either of my children(or her for that matter) had a cell phone growing up. Obviously, this woman didn't like my answer.
    I so agree with you on that! I'm not a big fan of using the phone, landline or cell but I try to remember to turn it on when I'm away, "just in case." My DH has gotten annoyed at times when I've forgotten. He says I should always remember because how can he get ahold of me if he needs to. I told him to just do what he did before we had cell phones.....wait until I get home!
    We survived very well without them although I will admit it is nice to have the ability to call or receive a call, if really needed, rather than look for a pay phone or those call boxes on freeways. As for children needing them in an emergency, are they supposed to tell their kidnapper to hold on while they phone mom or the cops???

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    I am just glad to still be around no matter how old I am getting! But I resent the prejudging done by those younger who take one look at you, note that your'e "old" and relegate you to the corner, so to speak. I do realize the irony in all this as I thought the same thing when I young. Now I am sorry and I dont like it.
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