I’d give credit to the person who originally said “Old age ain’t for sissies”, but even Quote Investigator doesn’t know for sure who it was. Nevertheless, the older I get, the more apt the adage seems.
It’s bad enough that my body is staging a slow and sneaky mutiny. First my thumbs complained about heavy work. Then light work. Then they started whining for no reason at all.
Next my eyes got into the act, gradually but stubbornly focusing farther and farther away. I’d love to write some inspiring metaphor about ‘seeing the bigger picture as I age’ or some such shit; but the truth is that no matter how big the picture is, I need reading glasses to see it.
So I got progressive lenses. They’re fine when I’m focusing at six feet or less; but as soon as I look up from my task, I shove the glasses onto the top of my head because I see better without them at a distance. It’s not how they’re meant to be worn, but at least they’re handy whenever I need them. And it’s nice to be able to see what’s on my dinner plate, so I grudgingly accepted the glasses… until I realized they’re trying to choke me to death.
I didn’t think it was possible to be strangled by eyewear unless one was intentionally seeking a Darwin Award, so at first I didn’t recognize their diabolical plot. I had noticed that sometimes I almost choked when I was eating something juicy, but I put it down to bolting my food too fast in my hurry to get back to work.
But it was happening more and more frequently, and I started to get concerned. Was I developing some degenerative disease, or what? I know swallowing can get less efficient with advancing age; but I’m not that friggin’ old. (Or so I tell myself… shhh, leave me with my illusions!)
But everything became clear (literally) last week, when Hubby said something at the breakfast table while I was eating an orange. I tilted my chin up so I could focus on him through the bottom part of my lenses, and promptly choked when a tide of orange juice rushed down my throat.
Damn murderous glasses. Can’t live with ’em; can’t see without ’em. This aging stuff sure ain’t for sissies.
Book 17 update: I’ve got words on the page, woohoo! Chapter 1 always takes a while to write because it’s hard to provide enough backstory to orient readers without doing a boring brain-dump; but at least I’ve had 16 books’ worth of practice. 😉 Onward!