Those of us who have added a few years to our life can remember when we hardly had any aches and pains. Obviously a person will retain good health longer by eating healthy food, drinking plenty water, exercising, getting plenty rest, and some sunshine, Probably most all of us, as we get a little older, will visit our family doctor a little more often. But there is an old saying: “An apple a day will keep the doctor away!” The idea behind that is if we take care of our health as much as possible through natural means then we won’t have to go as often to see our doctor.
Whether you call it vanity or self-esteem we would like to hold on to our youthful appearance as long as we can. As a person begins to get gray hair they might pluck it out. However, in time it becomes a losing effort. That problem might be solved by dyeing your hair, or is it now called tinting your hair?
NOW IF an old boy is getting bald then he might start wearing a toupee. I don’t know whether any of these restoring hair growth tonics really works or not. Evidently a lot of people are trying to find out. I remember back in the early forties a baldheaded barber was trying to sell my dad some hair growing tonic. I don’t recall as to whether or not my dad bought any of it, but if he did it didn’t work.
Many young folks think of anyone a little older than them as “old fogies.” For example: children in elementary school usually think of their teachers who are only in their thirties as old folks. Children should be taught to honor and show respect to adults. When I was growing up we were taught to say, “Yes sir!” and “No sir!” to men; and “Yes ma’am!” and “No ma’am!” to the ladies. Many children, teenagers, and young adults are in the habit of saying, “Yeah!” or “Yep” and “Nope!” to older folks. Young people should realize that someday they will get old. They then will want the respect in which older people should receive.
THERE ARE some pluses and minuses in getting older. From a positive standpoint those include experience and wisdom. We can share some of it with younger people who are not already know-it-alls. It might include the pleasure of spoiling grandkids. Negatively: It usually includes health problems and often being ignored by the younger. Many of the folks you’ve grown up with are no longer around. Perhaps these are the primary reasons older people are inclined to cherish their memories of “the good old days” and live in the past.
Younger folks often look upon older citizens as “old fogies” who can’t get use to newfangled ideas. Some older people may seem to be cranky because they don’t feel good.
Dub Mowery is a Gospel preacher in the Church of Christ. Presently he serves as full time evangelist for the Pittsburg Church of Christ. A native of Southeast Oklahoma, he is the author of Colloquial Sayings & Expressions (Morris Publishing, 2008)