Important Lessons Learned from Old Folks2011-02-09 at 04:00 pm Blog RSS
blog hoggin a bit today.. sorry bout that.
I spent a good portion of you adult life working with elderly people, either as a care giver or as transportation provider. I love old folks.. they have so much to say, and they certainly are not afraid to say what they want either! Sometimes at inapropriate times.. but still.. I’ve learned a lot from them.
One little old man I drove around was pretty much stone deaf. He couldn’t hear a word I said, but he could tell a mean story. Charley told me a story about when he worked at the local Ford Dealership (when there was still a livery stable in town). Ford was right across the street from the First Bank of Oregon. One day some “fellers robbed that bank. I seen em come out and head for the livery stable. About fifteen minutes later I seen em headin off toward Prairie City on a pair of rented horses. Then the Sheriff came and asked me had I seen any robbers? I said to him, I said.. Heh! What robbers?”
So without further ado, and listing only their approximate ages at the time of statement… Lessons I learned from old folks.
1. 88 yr old gramma. “You know why you’re so fat? Your man ain’t doin’ it right!”
2. 95 year old man. “No matter how long you live there’s nothing as satisfying as a good hot cup of coffee, unless it’s a blowjob.”
3. 72 year old man. ” There’s gold in them hills, sure there is.. but you’ll put more time and effort into finding it than if you went and got a damned job.”
4. 85 yr old lady. “Golden years my ass! Everything that works, hurts. If it doesn’t hurt, you can bet it doesn’t work.”
5. 81 yr old lady. “You spend all your life taking care of children and a husband. Then the husband dies and the kids all move away and you see them maybe twice a year, if you’re lucky. You’d better have a couple of really good friends and a hobby.”
6. 92 year old man. “You got spunk kid, you’re gonna need that when you get to be my age.”
7. 88 year old man. “There’s two things you have to know for sure in this life, how much (effort) you’re willing to put out and how much you’re willing to put up with. Nothing else really matters.”
8. 68 yr old lady. “Can’t means won’t. There is not much you can’t do. There’s a whole lot you might won’t.”
9. 74 yr old man. “Any day on this side of the dirt is a good day.”
10. 95 yr old lady. “Don’t mess up and put denture pills in your moutwash cup.”
And now, what I learned from experiences with them.
Dementia and Alzheimer’s is the cruelest joke that life can play on a person. I’ve seen a lot of old age problems, but this one takes the prize.. if it were a contest. Nothing like watching someone who was once vital and sharp lose their marbles. It’s no wonder they get angry and suspicious. They live in a scary world where nothing is familiar and no one is recognizable. One lady, in particular, used to break my heart when I’d pick her up at home to go to the Senior Center lunches, and then by the time I picked her up, she had no idea where home was, and she was expecting her husband, who had been dead for fifteen years, to be waiting there for her.
No matter how old they get, your Momma loves you. Your Daddy loves you. And they miss you when you don’t visit. Visit your parents. Spend as much time as you can just talking with them, whether it be via telephone or internet … in person, whatever.. they still have lots to teach you about life.
Older folks don’t want fancy gifts. They want your time. They want your love. They’ve pretty much got all that they want and more and are trying to simplify their lives. Flowers are nice. But a phone call is more important.
Always be respectful with your elders. Cuz old age and treachery is a vicious thing. They will get even and they don’t care if they get caught.
Being old doesn’t mean being useless. Just because they can’t get around like they used to, or they can’t remember everything, doesn’t mean that they cannot do things for themselves and for others. Give them a chance to be useful. They like it.
And now,for my children. When I am old,and past my prime, and need caring for. I want to go to an assisted living center. I refuse to live with any of you as it’s not fair to either of us. When I die, I want to be cremated and sprinkled in a garden where I’ll do some good.
In parting, words of absolute wisdom from my 93 year old Grandma. “Growing old ain’t for wimps.” So toughen up buttacup.. it’s coming for you too.
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