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MARTHA SEZ: As we age, ain’t it funny how time slips away?

January 26, 2018
By MARTHA ALLEN , Lake Placid News

But it seems now, that it was only yesterday,

Gee, ain't it funny, how time slips away

-Willie Nelson, "Funny How Time Slips Away," 1976

As we age Those three words really get my goat every time I hear them. And the funny thing is, lately I am hearing them more and more.

Right now, someone somewhere is saying, "Well, as we age we do tend to become cranky. Irritable. You know. Curmudgeonly."

As we age, everything seems to need more work. We become like old cars. As soon as you get a new muffler installed, the brakes need work. The temperature outside falls below zero and the car won't start; you need to buy a new battery. The treads on your tires have somehow worn down to nothing, which is strange, because aren't those tires practically new?

No, they are not. As Wanda at Devin's Garage will point out, you bought those tires way back in 2014.

Wait, 2014? That's not so long ago. What year is it now? Don't tell me, I know. I wrote it correctly on all of my checks this January, never put last year's date once. Yes! That's right, it's 2018, because my grandson was born in 2014 and he will be 4 this coming February.

As we age, we tend to lose track of time. That's because it won't stay put the way it used to. Time moves so fast now, and before you know it-

By the way, younger people aren't using their checkbooks to purchase things so much anymore, Grandma.

I love to hear the great Willie Nelson sing, "Ain't it funny how time slips away." He composed that song back in 1976, before you were born, maybe.

Which reminds me. Some people think that just because someone is a grandmother she has never heard any off-color jokes, used four-letter words, listened to good music or smoked marijuana. It is truly a wonder how the next generation was ever conceived, seeing as how our generation never knew anything about sex either.

Also, there is a pervasive belief that as we age we necessarily become more conservative politically, but this is not true. Yes, some elderly folk are conservative and even right wing, but studies published by the Pew Research Center show that conservatives have probably leaned in that direction since adolescence. Political leanings are pretty much determined during a person's youth. Hence, many of us Baby Boomers, now cleverly disguised as doddering elderly folk, with bifocals, gray hair and various crochets both physical and mental, are secretly hippies.

I was in a doctor's waiting room, waiting to be told about my latest medical complaint: "Well, as we age, Ms. Allen " when another nice old lady asked me politely what I was knitting.

"Oh, I'm knitting my daughter a hat," I said. I didn't have the nerve to tell her it was a pussy hat.

Another thing we notice as we age is that as we look around we don't see as many of our old friends as we used to. Danny O'Keefe's wonderful song, "Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues," really captures the feeling. It is funny and sad at the same time. Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Elvis Presley, Leon Russell, Jerry Lee Lewis and others have all recorded this song since O'Keefe composed it in 1967, so there are plenty of choices. I recommend it, and in fact I'm going to listen to all of the various recordings on YouTube as soon as I finish writing this column. As Good Time Charlie relates in the song,

Ain't a soul I know around

Everybody's leaving town.

We know that as we age we lose loved ones, whether it's to cancer, or, on the bright side, to Florida.

Of course, everything is relative. Another verse goes:

This old heart keeps tellin' me

You're not a kid at 33

When I first heard this song on the radio I thought 33 was old.

Just got a mention on Facebook from my daughter Molly who was at the second annual Women's March Los Angeles 2018: "Thanks for the pussyhat, Mom!"

As we age, we appreciate these things.

Have a good week!



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