Our Boomer-In-Charge at BBHQ, Hershel Chicowitz, writes about
boomer memories and current events... from a boomer's perspective. He is
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I am a night-owl. I get it from my mother, who would always watch the late, late, late show... and then complain the next day about how horrible it was. If I ever get to the point where I am watching the Home Shopping Network for its entertainment value... just shoot me.
If I ever get to the point where I say, “Ya’ know, that Jerry Springer is really a mighty caring guy”... just shoot me!
One of my favorite essays is called “Desiderata.” You may recall hearing
it as a kid: “Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what
peace there may be in silence.” But these days the line that jumps out
and slaps me in the face is this one: “Take kindly the counsel of the
years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.”
You can listen to a short clip of it here:
(It’s a little sappy; but some of us were kinda’ into that in the 60s.)
OK; I’m ready to surrender a few things. I cannot run as fast or as far
as I did when I was a kid. I don’t drink as much beer as I did when I was
younger. Heck, I don’t even want to. Another Woodstock? No;
not even if Grace Slick were on stage... naked.
Fine. I am thinking ahead; I’ll be willing to surrender.... a few
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But for me, accepting ravages of age does have its limits. I will never
be my grandfather. Grandfather Chicowitz was a fine, portly old
gentleman. But as an old man, he was an absolute yutz. Gramps had false
teeth, and on Sundays he never bothered to put them in. I donno... “day
of rest” or something. So he went walking around, flapping his gums like
a fish out of water, gasping for air. It was so embarrassing that
everybody would turn their head sideways when they talked to him. Nobody
wanted to see him talking; hearing him was bad enough.
Now, I donno... I have soft teeth and enough mercury fillings and
porcelain crowns to outfit a small chemical lab.
So just maybe... maybe someday, I might need false teeth. But if I ever
walk around the house without putting them in, please... please, just
shoot me! That is not “gracefully surrendering the things of youth”; that
is abusing the natural laws of decorum. Just shoot me.
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