Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Trudging Toward Old Age?

A couple of weeks ago, my daughter, husband and I went to visit my mother-in-law.

She had selected a newish restaurant for lunch, some kind of chain I think. Sweetwater something? Sweet Grass Grille? I don't recall.

We are seated, and before we receive the menus, I know what is going to happen. Music is playing. Some kind of 80's pop perhaps. It's a bit too loud for a mostly empty room.

Now, we are all just a bit touchy. My father-in-law had very recently died, and the rest of us are trying to go about our business of being a family and supporting each other. My mother-in-law makes a wincing face. My husband knows it's about the music. He gets up to ask the hostess if it can be turned down.

Upon his return he reports: "I told them that this is a restaurant not a disco and they need to turn that music down."

Good God. The man is not yet 50, yet he speaks as if he is waving around a cane. What the hell is he going to be like when he's 60?

Several minutes later, the manager comes over. It is a brisk day in northern Virginia, but he makes it look like it's a sweltering afternoon in Las Vegas. He informs us that the music will be turned down. And changed over to Country. I swear I saw him smirk when he said that. Frankly, I'd rather someone spit into my soup.

I guess this is what the long (or for some of us, not so long) trudge toward decrepitude looks like.

I don't know about my old man, but I'm thinking I might just like a disco.

For about five minutes.


  1. I try hard not to be like the old people I used to hate when I was young. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn't.

  2. Trying to hold on to mine as much as possible, but it bloody hurts..Look at my latest post and you will know..
    Cheers, Sausage.

  3. Some guys can pull off the curmudgeon act. I think I will be one of those old guys, maybe your hubs will too.

  4. You know the saying you are as old as you feel, well I still feel like a 20 year old....so bring on the music!
    Peg xxxxxxx

  5. Oh, don't worry....there were times when I was 16 and an old man. He rises up when you least expect him :)