A Senior Moment

I guess because of my years trodding this planet I have accumulated a plethora ( I really like using the word "plethora" ) of observations that lead me to make comments.  Most recently my senior memory started acting up and I remembered a writing someone gave me a few years ago that says a lot in a few words.

This writing should be posted somewhere where all can see it and it should possibly be added to schools required reading.  At least it should be required reading for the first 21 years of a persons formal educational years.

Here is that writing. 

See if you can understand….with a few exceptions this about say’s it all

Senior citizens are constantly being criticized for every conceivable deficiency of the modern world, real or perceived. We know we take responsibility for all we have done and do not blame others.

HOWEVER, upon reflection, we would like to point out that it was NOT the senior citizens who took:

The melody out of music,
The pride out of appearance,
The courtesy out of driving,
The romance out of love,
The commitment out of marriage,
The responsibility out of parenthood,
The togetherness out of the family,
The learning out of education,
The service out of patriotism,
The Golden Rule from rulers,
The nativity scene out of cities,
The civility out of behavior,
The refinement out of language,
The dedication out of employment,
The prudence out of spending,
The ambition out of achievement, or,
God out of government and school.

And we certainly are NOT the ones who eliminated patience and tolerance from personal relationships and interactions with others!!

And, we do understand the meaning of patriotism, and remember those who have fought and died for our country.

Does anyone under the age of 50 know the lyrics to the Star Spangled Banner?

What about the last verse of My Country ’tis of Thee?

"Our father’s God to thee,
Author of liberty,
To Thee we sing.
Long may our land be bright,
With freedom’s Holy light.
Protect us by Thy might,
Great God our King."

Just look at the Seniors with tears in their eyes and pride in their hearts as they stand at attention with their hand over their hearts!


I’m the life of the party……. even if it only lasts until 8 p.m.
I’m very good at opening childproof caps…. with a hammer.
I’m awake many hours before my body allows me to get up.
I’m very good at telling entertaining stories.
I’m aware that other people’s grandchildren are not nearly as cute as mine.

I’m not really grouchy…
I just don’t like traffic, waiting, crowds, lawyers, loud music, unruly kids, Toyota commercials, Tom Brokaw, Dan Rather, barking dogs, politicians and a few other things I can’t seem to remember right now.

I’m sure everything I can’t find is in a safe secure place, somewhere.

I’m having trouble remembering simple words like…..???

I’m beginning to realize that aging is not for wimps.

And, how can my kids be older than I feel sometimes?

I’m a walking storeroom of facts….. I’ve just lost the key to the storeroom door.

Yes, I’m a SENIOR CITIZEN and I think I am having the time of my life!

Before you poo-poo these comments and shove an I-Pod "bud" somewhere in your body, remember one very important thing.  "Maybe….just maybe, if you are really lucky…you too will becombe a senior citizen".  And, YES, you WILL be like your mother or father no matter how much you deny that you will. 

I hope it won’t take you until then to comprehend the messages listed above?

You too should hope not.


little joe





"Don’t ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up"



About little joe

Born on the Midwest Plains...and live the same way. Enjoyed a small town upbringing and a big city career. Value small town ethics and the big city opportunity. Write from the heart while wearing a smile. and enjoy all that's around me
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