When I see old people, acting like old people, I think to myself ‘Man, I hope that doesn’t happen to me when I get to be that age’. Deep down I know it will but even deeper down I have this idea that I will be able to prepare for it ahead of time. This summer I decided to build a deck around one area of the pool. I estimated materials and cost and figured it would take a whole weekend. It ended up taking three weeks and two trips to the doctor for ailments I didn’t even think were related. I was truely at a loss, even frustrated, when I tried to explain what was taking so long to complete this damn deck.
Finally, I finished it and after waiting a full month for my muscles and bones to heal, I moved on to the next project which required concrete. Since I pride myself on my masonry skills, I couldn’t wait to get started. It had been 15 years since I’d had a real concrete project. When I started loading the bags of Home Depot concrete on the cart though, I got very angry. They used to sell concrete in manageable 50 lb. bags. These things weighed at least 80 lbs. I was exhausted after 3 of them, and I had 7 more to go! I walked around the aisle looking for the smaller 50 lb. bags and saw none. I started cussing the ‘marketing geniuses’ who came up with this idea. I went throught the same mental rant while I loaded them into my truck in the parking lot.
It was while I was dumping the second or third bag into the wheelbarrow that I experienced a life changing moment of clarity. Right there on the bottom of the bag, in bold print, were the following words: NET WT. 50 lbs. I just stared at the text for what seemed like minutes. I swear I could hear a voice laughing somewhere, like that one on the Pink Floyd song Time, right before all the alarm clocks go off.
I realized then that I was getting old enough to act it. I was depressed for about a week but then I started to notice good things. I no longer felt guilty about going to bed before midnight or asking a clerk to get something off the shelf for me. And if I want to go to the store with bed head or my socks don’t match – those are just a few of the things I no longer have to worry about.
Well, I’m off to take my nap now….