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Becoming An Elder [Jan. 21st, 2011|03:40 pm]
Tony Grist
60 or thereabouts was the age my grandparents had reached when I first became aware of them. Therefore 60, for me, is the age of grand-parenthood- the age that marks one out as a member of the older generation- as an elder. Of course I wasn't seriously expecting to feel different this morning- only that's not wholly true- the part of me that believes in magic was. 

Being an elder means you can start taking liberties- and behave disgracefully and have people make allowances. Being an elder means starting to "wear purple with a red hat that doesn't go" as in the poem by Jenny Joseph 

We have taken a mental drubbing this winter- Ailz and I- what with the workmen bashing the house up and the stairlift breaking down and marooning her upstairs- and it simply being such a hard winter with the snow and the ice and the mist and the rain. We've been talking about how low we both feel.

So, this 60th birthday, I am making this resolution: to snap out of it, pull myself together, get out more, vivre ma vie, wear purple...

But first I'm going to take a little snooze....
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[User Picture]From: clindau
2011-01-21 03:46 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-01-21 05:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you
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[User Picture]From: huskyteer
2011-01-21 03:49 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday! Hope life keeps on getting better and better for you.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-01-21 05:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you
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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2011-01-21 03:51 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday! And roll on spring...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-01-21 05:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Yes, spring can't come soon enough.
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[User Picture]From: idahoswede
2011-01-21 03:53 pm (UTC)
60's a snap, I'm loving it.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-01-21 06:26 pm (UTC)
That's the state of mind I want to cultivate.
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From: ex_mommybir521
2011-01-21 04:01 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday, Tony! I've just hit forty-five, and believe me, sixty doesn't look elderly any more!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-01-21 06:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

45- so young :)
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[User Picture]From: akirlu
2011-01-21 04:14 pm (UTC)
Clearly, you should get a pair of purple pyjamas.
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[User Picture]From: akirlu
2011-01-21 04:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes, and happy birthday!
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[User Picture]From: ooxc
2011-01-21 04:59 pm (UTC)
Happy irthday - snoozes are good!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-01-21 06:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

A quarter of an hour- mid afternoon- works wonders.
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[User Picture]From: ron_broxted
2011-01-21 05:08 pm (UTC)
Did you get my Otter?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-01-21 06:28 pm (UTC)
Cute.

I like otters.
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[User Picture]From: sovay
2011-01-21 05:21 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-01-21 06:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2011-01-21 05:37 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday
from one who has already been on your stairstep.

Love, Jackie
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-01-21 06:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: oakmouse
2011-01-21 06:24 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday! The milestones are always an interesting experience, aren't they? Best wishes for vivid, trouble-making elder years. ;)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-01-21 06:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

Fifty seemed big at the time. Sixty is unreal.
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[User Picture]From: ideealisme
2011-01-21 06:56 pm (UTC)
Many happy returns. I hope there is more adventure to come!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-01-21 09:01 pm (UTC)
thanks. So do I!
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[User Picture]From: endlessrarities
2011-01-21 06:59 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday!!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-01-21 09:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: brttvns
2011-01-21 07:09 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! You just carry on as you are, I'm sure you won't go far wrong. But I bet the urge to start taking those liberties is strong - be as disgraceful as you dare.
Raising a glass to you - penblwydd hapus!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-01-21 10:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you.

I'm going to do my best (or worst).
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[User Picture]From: carl9whalley
2011-01-21 10:15 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday dear Tony Happy birthday to you. Carl n gang x
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-01-21 10:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Carl. :)
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