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Who Are You Calling Old?

March 29, 2021

I’ve never been old. I’m guessing neither have you.

Oh sure, there are people who call us old. But, they’re wrong. We’re aren’t really old.

And don’t get me wrong. There are old people. I know some of them, in fact.

I once went with my dad to help do some service. My dad and his friend were meeting up with his friend’s dad. So, here I was a 15 years old kid, hanging out with my father. He is 33 years older than I am. His friend was about his age. His friend’s dad was about 20 years older than both of them.

– Me: 15 years old

– Dad: 48 years old

– Friend: 48 years old

– Friend’s dad: 68 years old

Who was the old person in this group? As it turned out, none of us. We were going to help stack wood for a man who was a friend of the friend’s dad. The guy we were going to help was 90 years old.

The friend’s dad talked to me about it.

“Old” is just someone who is 15 years older than you are.

I’ve thought about that conservation and I think I’ve rarely heard anything more profound.

From that day on I was never old. And I suppose as long as there are truly old people around I never really will be.

Stay safe

Rodney M Bliss is an author, columnist and IT Consultant. His blog updates every weekday. He lives in Pleasant Grove, UT with his lovely wife, thirteen children and grandchildren.

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