To An ‘Almost Old Person’!

I never really liked the terminology “Old Person” but this makes me feel somewhat better about it.

And if you ain’t one, I bet you know one! Anyway, I got this from an “Old Personal friend of mine”!

‘Old Person’ Pride

Old People are easy to spot at sporting events. During the playing of the National Anthem, ‘Old People’ remove their caps and stand at attention and sing without embarrassment. They know the words – and believe in them. Old People remember World War II, Pearl Harbor, Guadalcanal, Normandy and Hitler. They remember the Atomic Age, the Korean War, The Cold War, the Jet Age and the Moon Landing. They remember the 50 plus ‘Peacekeeping Missions’ from 1945 to 2005, not to mention Vietnam.

If you bump into an Old People on the sidewalk he will apologize. If you pass an Old Person on the street, he will nod or tip his cap to a lady. Old People trust strangers and are courteous to women. Old People hold the door for the next person and always, when walking, make certain the lady is on the inside for protection. Old People get embarrassed if someone curses in front of women and children, and they don’t like any filth or dirty language on TV or in movies. Old People have moral courage and personal integrity. They seldom brag unless it’s about their children or grandchildren. It’s the Old People who know the country is protected, not by politicians but by the young men and women in the military, serving their country.

This country needs Old People with their work ethic, sense of responsibility, pride in their country and decent values. We need them now more than ever.

Thank God for Old People.


One response to “To An ‘Almost Old Person’!

  • oldpeoplerawesome

    Dear Leon, I really liked reading your post. You mention at the beginning that you never really liked the term “old person,” but I bet that is because you associate old with a lot of the negative stereotypes that our society reiterates to us. Things like all older people are lonely, sad, complaining, etc. I am glad to hear your perspective may be changing away from some of these negative beliefs. Indeed, research has shown that those who do not believe in these negative stereotypes are actually healthier as they age. Research has also shown that as we age there are some types of intelligence that actually get better. Also, as we get older and gain more experience (like a lot of the ones you had listed in the post), we begin to gain a sense of wisdom. I encourage you to keep finding ways and information that make you feel better about aging. Also, please keep posting them so myself and others can continue to read them as well. The more positive messages we share about aging the more likelihood that these negative stereotypes will be something in the past we can talk about as well.

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