Perspective for sure! The beloved husband and I were watching the news. The newscaster broke the news about an elderly person driving into a storefront. The woman was 73. Is that elderly? The beloved husband is 73 and he is not elderly. My brother is in his mid-80s and he’s not elderly. So how old is elderly? Maybe 90? Or maybe it’s not an age at all but a physical state. When I see someone frail looking I think of them as elderly no matter what their age is. Old is always 20 years older than me.
It really does happen in Starbucks – I was inside the store in back of a happy young man maybe in his 20s. He was friendly but when it came time to pay he couldn’t put his credit card in the slot. His hand was shaking furiously. I was stunned. I didn’t want to grab his credit card and do it for him. That would be rude. He said, “I have a tremor.” (A very bad one!) The harder he tried, the more he shook. I said, “Let me help” and took the card to process it for him. I won points with the barista and my drink was put down in front of me before I ordered it. (This wasn’t a great good deed. Anyone in back of him would have done that.) My heart went out to this young man. I’ve seen a lot of older people with tremors but never someone this young.
Bumper stickers – I was in back of a company panel truck. There was the “How is my driving” sticker with a number to call. There was also a second sticker that said “This vehicle is tracked by GPS and is required to drive at the posted speed limit.” I was curious. Is this so that other drivers don’t call to complain about the driver putzing along? There are roads that have a posted limit that no one (except this driver) adheres to. Good to know!
People watching – I had two routine doctor appointments this week so I spent some time in waiting rooms. The first one was an upscale office in a beautiful setting. It was peaceful and quiet and you couldn’t guess what people were there for. The second was a very large busy dermatology practice with at least 30 doctors. Many patients wore the reason for the visit on their faces. There were young children with acne and old people with barnacles growing on their foreheads. There was a very young girl maybe 6 or 7 with her mother. She wore a pretty dress and looked as if she was coming from church. I wondered what she was doing there and hoped it wasn’t anything serious.
No opportunity is missed – I worked on my pond this week. I am putting a 2’ x 3’ walkway from the patio to the pond so I can get in it and out without walking through a flower border. I dug out the area to lay down gravel and sand prior to the pavers. Whenever I left the area to get a tool or clear something away, a critter was in the hole eating worms. First a frog found its way there and ate until full, then a robin came to dine. It felt like I worked at Mel’s Diner!
So how was your week?