Hello In There

16 08 2010

After work today, I was walking to the Palmerston public library branch. On the way, I saw two old people. One was sitting on the top step in front of his front door, and looked very angry. The other, further down the street, was sitting in her front garden, with her cat on the chair beside her. What struck me about this, both times, was that neither of them was doing anything: they were just sitting there, staring into space. Maybe they were tired, or bored, or just had nothing else they particularly wanted to do that day. Maybe they were content, or maybe they were feeling empty. Who knows?

It’s trite to say this, but I find older people fascinating because, sooner rather than later, we will all be where they are now. Will I have enough strength of character to deal with all of the problems that old age brings?

(The title of this blog entry is the title of a John Prine song that is about old people. It’s a great song, but it’s probably the saddest song I know. Here’s a link to Prine performing it live.)

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