Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Don't Blame Me!

My week is overly loaded with meetings, delivery of my monthly city newsletter, and a few other appointments.

With Senior Citizens being blamed for the increasing cost of health care and skyrocketing insurance premiums, plus a zillion other things wrong with this country, I submit the following ditty with thanks to my sister who forwarded to me.

Apologies to readers who are not senior citizens, but you will have your day, and no doubt a similar ditty will be composed by some of your contemporaries but probably differing text.

Apologies also if you have received this from someone before!!!!


Senior citizens are constantly being criticized for every conceivable deficiency of the modern world, real or imaginary. 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 civility out of behavior,
The refinement out of language,
The dedication out of employment,
The prudence out of spending,
The ambition out of achievement.

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?
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 lasts until 8 p.m.
I'm very good at opening childproof caps.... with a hammer.
I'm usually interested in going home before I get to where I am going.
I'm awake many hours before my body allows me to get up.
I'm smiling all the time because I can't hear a thing you're saying.
I'm very good at telling stories; over and over and over and over...
I'm aware that other people's grandchildren are not nearly as cute as mine.
I'm so cared for -- long term care, eye care, private care, dental care.

I'm not really grouchy! [I just don't like traffic, waiting in long lines, crowds, lawyers, unruly kids, Toyota commercials, 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 wrinkled, saggy, lumpy, and that's just my left leg.
I'm having trouble remembering simple words like....., .....,
I'm beginning to realizing that aging is not for wimps.
I'm sure they are making adults much younger these days, and when did they let kids become policemen?
I'm wondering, if you're only as old as you feel, how could I be alive at 150? [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!


Arkansas Patti said...

Amen sister, you are preaching to the choir here. We are a pretty good group aren't we. Thanks for reminding me.

Renie Burghardt said...

Love it! Every word is true! Can I swipe this from you, Carol Ann? I hope it's okay if I do.

Have a great Wednesday. I am going to the Chinese Buffet with frieds, today.



Anonymous said...

Yes, the olden, golden, days were great and I am thankful that I got to live then.

lakeviewer said...

This is most precious. What a declaration. You should put it in a banner for us oldies to stick on our sidebar.

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Oh, I absolutely LOVE this!!!!!! Thanks for sharing...Love you!!! Janine XO

Cheffie-Mom said...

Good for you!! enJOY your day!!

Amber Star said...

All the time I was reading your post I was thinking "Amen, sister!" and then that stinker Arkansa Patti had beat me to it! :)

I'm starting to act sort of old and it almost is starting to bother me. I parked in the middle of two places the other day and really didn't care. It was way out and all anyway. *snicker* My tiny rebellion.