28 Feb 2013

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OLD AND OLD

Jenny Matlock
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The word "old" when it comes to objects are often related to antiques, that means old stuff can become very valuable, like old paintings, old cars, old stamps, old coins etc etc ...

When it comes to humans then old gets another meaning. You don't become or want to become an antique ! You don't increase in value neither unless you are very rich and your heirs are waiting that you are not getting too old because they want to get your money when they are still young enough to enjoy it.  

The word "Old man" has also a completely different meaning when it comes to an "Old woman". If a woman calls her husband "my old man" that sounds nice and rather cute, and you imagine a good natured old man, sitting on a bench with his wrinkled hands on a stick perhaps, watching birds, for example. But if a man calls his wife "my old woman" then you imagine a bad tempered woman with a wrinkled face  threatening with a cake roll.



Finally there are people who are never getting old. Even if the shell changes outside their character and mind doesn't change. They become wiser and go with the time. They enjoy the new inventions and even a 90 year old can enjoy iPads.

And then there are the others who are already "born" old. They were never young and with the age it doesn't improve, like a good wine for example. They become bitter, live in the past and refuse everything which is new except the television. They mostly start a sentence with "At my time", although they are still alive. They are mostly not very healthy, are only happy when they can talk about all their physical miseries, while the other once never talk about them and try to rather enjoy the time which remains.

An "Oldie" is not only a musical piece but also an old human, the once who are appreciated, who are cheerful and good tempered. Calling somebody an "Oldie" has an affectionate meaning and they are very much appreciated by the "youngsters".

I think I rather belong to the "Oldies", despite the fact that I am not always "good tempered" and you ? (But that is a stupid question !)






13 comments:

Ann said...

I taught my adult ESOl students not to ask a woman her age.

Cezar and Léia said...

Wonderful article dear Gattina!
I like a lot your cartoons, very funny "Old woman"! :D
hugs
Léia

Tracy Cook said...

My son says I am old , he is 24 I am 50 almost double his age. Trouble is I feel his age

Mara said...

Well, as long as people keep guessing that I am 10 years younger than I am actually am... it could be some time before I get old...

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

I like the old guy on the park bench -- too funny!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I always love reading your thoughts Gattina! You make me laugh, but also think, a nice combination. I sure hope what you say about people respecting "oldies" is true.
(I love the lady at the Dr's office and am thinking of a couple of times when I could have used that line!)

Linens and Royals said...

I am going happily into my second childhood, playing with doll houses and treating my cats as babies.
I would be bad tempered and bitter if I could remember what to be so annoyed about.

A Lady's Life said...

I am 23 at heart. I don't like counting years lol
But I do love my memories, I do love to experience new things, learn about new things but I am also wise enough to know some things in life never change. They just repeat except now with new generations of people and this makes it amusing.
and then you sigh and say I wish I knew this back then. I'd do some things different. But then again maybe I wouldn't.

Tatiana said...

very interesting about the woman/man thing- funny how different genders are regarded in different ways!

storybeader said...

yes, a challenge! I think of getting old, but then, if I was a youngster I would be old already. It's just a point of view, I guess! {:-Deb

Judie said...

I am soooo much younger than my mother was when she was my age. I sometimes forget just how old I am until I look in the mirror, Hahahaha!

I plan to stay young for as long as I can. My friend Tony says, "If you haven't grown up by age 50 then you don't have to." I'm way past 50, and I think he's right!!!

Along These Lines ..... said...

We may be oldies, but we're still goodies

Jenny said...

Growing older isn't for sissies...the aches and pains, the droops and the drips...

But if you keep your mind young, life can be outstanding at any age!

This was a wonderful link!

And I know YOU are always young at heart!

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