We say, “handsome young man”, but we hardly ever couple the word handsome with old.
Old men can be handsome too.
And what is old these days?
The older women in my gym take hip hop dancing classes.
One of them started ballet at 65.
She looks like a ballerina.
I tried to get a reduced fare on Tokyo’s buses but I’m too young.
I have to wait until I’m 70.
We say “dirty” old man, but never “dirty” young man? How come?
There certainly are dirty young men.
Why don’t we say, “you look old” and mean it as a compliment?
It is never easy getting older. We should say, congratulations and “you look old.”
But instead, we think the biggest compliment you can get is “you look young.”
Why is that a compliment?
It took years for me to get to where I am.
And why do older people become enablers, and say “thank you” when people tell us we look younger?”
The next time someone says that to me, I am going to ask if its a compliment.
I know they’ll give me a stance look, and say “crazy old guy.”
Last week, the receptionist asked my age when I called to make the appointment to see the doctor [not a plastic surgeon],
When I told her, the answer I got was “you sound much younger.”
I said, “thank you.”
So, when people tell me I look younger, I am just going to say, “eh” in Japanese.
Lauren Bacall is 88. She said it best.
“What’s so terrible about growing older and having wrinkles? ‘ Listen, I’ve stuck with this face.
God knows there’s room for improvement. I’ve earned every one of my wrinkles.
Cheese ripens with age. Wine ripens with age.
Why can’t people. Does everybody have to be plastic?