Fighting the good fight with Old Man Age? Absolutely.

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Dylan Thomas was right.

Don’t go gentle into the night…

My aunt, Clara, 77, calls them “Old Dolls” – elderly women trying desperately to look decades younger.

Her neighbor, Eve, is 80 and admits to being around-60.  Eve wears a Joey Heatherton (‘60’s) blonde wig, a padded, push-up bra, leggings, spiky false eyelashes and fake fingernails.  She shops in the teenage section and buys all of her jewelry at H&M. She ruefully admits her days of wearing super, high-heels are over…she defers to trendy, leopard print, ballet slippers.

More than once, men have admired Eve from the back– and are quite surprised to find out- she’s older – like 40 years older, than they thought!

Getting Around

Eve refuses to use a walker in public.  She has a cane, decorated with pastel ribbons, reserved for special occasions (i.e. long walks).

Her close, male friend, Adam, has a perpetual tan, wears a silver toupee, and sports a uniform of linen pants and old Tommy Bahamas shirts. His grand kids chided him into removing the ‘cheesy gold chains.’ However, the Liberace-like pinky-ring is a ‘keeper’ despite protestations from opinionated family members.

Once a 6-foot tall, tennis player, he is now more of a domino player; over the decades has lost a few inches.  He has a black, mahogany cane that he thinks gives him a certain je nai sais quois.

The couple indulges in Early Bird specials at a handful of local restaurants- where their arrival is always like an episode from Cheers.

Age is a many splendored thing- especially if you follow their philosophy: 80 is the 60, darling.

Ask Elaine Stritch, Oliver Sacks and Dame Judi Dench.

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Who wants to know?  Adam tells the inquirers, he has been “60 for 20 years- and never felt better.”

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“Old age, believe me, is a good and pleasant thing.

It is true you are gently shouldered off the stage,

but then you are given such a comfortable front stall as spectator.” 

Confucius

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Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night

BY DYLAN THOMAS

Do not go gentle into that good night,

Old age should burn and rave at close of day;

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,

Because their words had forked no lightning they

Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright

Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,

And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,

Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight

Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,

Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.

Do not go gentle into that good night.

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

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One thought on “Fighting the good fight with Old Man Age? Absolutely.

  1. martina2b March 15, 2014 at 9:29 PM Reply

    Interesting post, and how I am facing that time now. I do not want to rAge– I want to age gracefully– which is so hard. Love, m

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