(It is spring, somewhere!)
I am not sure how many of my family and others have been reading OUR HISTORY, I am sure some are waiting for the movie. And I understand the thinking. No problem.
I want to ask the ones reading who are aging, do you have any input to the following questions:
***** What have you enjoyed about aging?
Me? I don’t worry as much about what others think of me. I still want to be politically correct, but I am not obsessed with it. The age of my car does not bother me, but come to think of it, I never worried too much about that.
****What are the biggest challenges of growing old?
Me?….Losing my hair and hearing.
…Forgetting words is also a challenge. I substitute many words for the one I really want to use.
…Facing the little wrinkles, the big ones don’t bother me, it is the looking at your arms and seeing a creek full of ripples.
…Realizing I cannot lift what I used to.
…Understanding technology, to me has been the most frustrating. Once I had an attorney tell me I needed to have my financial statement on a computer and print it out for the bank. He said ‘it is time you start applying for a construction loan instead of borrowing money on a hand shake.’
I drove to Charlotte and bought a $2300 computer. Brought it home, set it up in my office. The first thing on the screen was ‘INPUT DATE’. That was about 10 PM. It was 2AM before I got the date in.
It may not be apparent but I have years of training in ANALOG AND DIGITAL computers. I have programmed in cobol, lass and Fortran. I have repaired tube-type computers the size of the normal house. I had responsibility of all the IBM equipment on one of the Navy’s largest ships. In D.C., I supervised the largest printing system in the Navy. I taught Naval Intelligence Processing, AND I CANNOT INPUT THE DATE CORRECTLY INTO a little bitty personal computer. That is embarrassing.
I went to my typewriter and laboriously typed my companies financial statement for my appointment with the bank.
Technology, and trying to keep up has been my biggest mental challenge.
What about you?
Thanks for coming this way.
About family history, I am not as interested in my family tree as I should be, I just want to fill my sons in on our lives.
They were called Hot rods in the 1950’s and every teen ager wanted one.