On Being Seventy

I closed out my 69th year by taking a short trip to Walmart and wearing my T shirt inside out. I wouldn’t even have noticed if the cashier hadn’t yelled across the store after checking me out….”Hey Ruth! Did you know that your shirt is inside out?” I looked down and saw the seams that should have been inside. My first thought was “Great… now everyone who was behind me knows that I wear a size Mammoth Petite.”

Years ago, I remember watching a movie called “Splash”. One of the supporting characters was an absent-minded, aging secretary who one day wore her bra on the outside of her blouse to work. It was a ridiculously funny moment in the movie. Obviously one of the writers of the script was an aging woman like me. I can also remember going to work and laughing with a coworker about wearing unmatching shoes. We chalked it up to getting dressed in the dark amidst the confusion of getting ourselves and 3 kids out the door on time.

There are days that I feel seventy and days that I do not. At this point I would say its about 50/50. There are also days I forget that I am seventy and that’s where things can get a little dangerous. Climbing into the back of a pickup truck and then jumping down from the tailgate. Trying to lift a bag of softener salt. Bending over to pick something off the floor. My body screams at me… Don’t do that anymore!

I find that I am not so good at realizing where I am in position to other things. I open the refrigerator door and bonk my forehead while the cereal boxes on top of the refrigerator fall on my head because I hadn’t pushed them back far enough from the door. A gallon of milk falls out of my hand to the floor because my arthritic hands cannot grasp as they used to. Coming up from the basement, I put both feet on each step like a toddler learning to walk.

Being seventy also means that in any survey you decide to take you are in the last age category listed in the drop-down box, or sometimes even in a category labeled “other”. I am always afraid the year I was born (in a similar drop-down box) will no longer appear at all.

I’m thankful to be beginning my seventies. It certainly has it drawbacks, but there are a lot of things I can still do on my own. I can still do housework (what fun!) although not as fast as I used to. I have a lot of common sense knowledge that I would gladly share with younger folks, but they better hurry because some days I forget most of it. And while there are times when I may wear my shirt inside out or backwards or have shoes on that aren’t quite matching, I have not yet worn any underwear on the outside of my clothes.

At least, not that I know of.

About Life in the 50's and beyond...

Welcome to Life in the 50's and 60's and beyond .... where I write about my childhood memories, music of the 60's and about life in the country. I am a mother, grandmother, farmer's wife, business owner, and retired teacher.
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11 Responses to On Being Seventy

  1. Happy Birthday! This post made me laugh out AND reflect a little.

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  2. Ruth says:

    Lookin’ good! I’m catching up to you soon. May all our undies stay where they’re not viewed by the world.😀

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  3. TanGental says:

    TVery kind of you to follow my blog Ruth. I’ll enjoy the US perspective of becoming an adult in the70s. At least we didn’t have a war hanging over us.

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  4. Well if you only wear a t-shirt inside out, that’s not a big deal. Lol.

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  5. Elaine Fedderke says:

    I do all of what you mentioned, but add forgetting ordinary words… I can define a word, describe it, give examples of how it is used but cannot bring it forward from my brain for several minutes or even hours😩

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  6. I’m glad it’s not just me! LOL! I’ve got 3.5 years to go to reach 70, but I’ve found myself doing some of these same things. I find I have to really concentrate on just about everything (eating, drinking, walking, getting dressed) so I don’t injure myself. At least we’re still mobile!!!!!

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  7. Patricia Searfoss says:

    My funny funny young “old” friend.

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  8. I’ve decided that I kinda like bein’ older than dirt!

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