28 Feb 2013
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OLD AND OLD
more participants at Jenny Matlock's Alphabet Thursday
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 !)