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Sunrise, Sunset

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This week is a tough one for me. The other two teachers in our French department are in their final week as teachers. Both Dr. Bruce Byers and Mme Jackie Eaves will retire at the end of this school year. I wrote about that in a recent post called Changing Times in Teaching. If you missed that news, you can learn more in that post. As this school year ends I am also anticipating attending the 40th reunion of the students who were my first French 2 class the year I began teaching high school in 1973. They were the class of '75. It will be strange to see "my kids" as people in their upper 50's! I'm feeling slightly ancient right now.

Since it's often best to laugh about things that are uncomfortable and that you can't change, I thought I'd post several bits of humor about aging.

An elderly gentleman had had serious hearing problems for a number of years. He went to the doctor who was able to fit him with a set of hearing aids that allowed him to hear 100%. The elderly gentleman went back in a month to the doctor and was told, "Your hearing is perfect. Your family must be really pleased that you can hear again."

The gentleman replied, "Oh, I haven't told my family yet. I just sit around and listen to the conversations. I've changed my will three times!"


Ray had just reached his 150th birthday. Surrounded by reporters, he was asked, "Excuse me, sir, but how did you come to live to be 150?"

Ray answered, "It was easy. I just never argue with anyone."

One reporter shot back, "That's crazy! It had to be something else — diet, exercise, or something. Just not arguing won't keep you alive for 150 years!"

The old fella stared hard at the reporter for several seconds. Then he shrugged and said, "Hmm. Maybe you're right."


As a senior citizen was driving down the freeway, his cell phone rang. Answering, he heard his wife's voice urgently warning him, "Herman, I just heard on the news that there's a car going the wrong way on I-280. Please be careful!"

Herman replied, "It's not just one car. It's hundreds of them!"


Several women, each trying to one-up the other, appeared in court, each accusing the others of causing the trouble they were having in the apartment building where they lived.

The judge, with Solomon-like wisdom, announced, "Okay, I'm ready to hear the evidence. I'll hear the oldest first."

The case was dismissed for lack of testimony.


Old age looks different with each generation. I think many "older" folks today are much younger in their outlook and activities than older folks of previous generations. I'll end with a cartoon about how a lot of old folks will look 40 years from now.

Old Tattoo


"One of the hardest decisions in life is when to be middle-aged." — Rob Loach


That awkward moment when you run into an old classmate, and he has aged so much he doesn't remember you.

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5 Comments on “Sunrise, Sunset”

  1. #1 David McGuire
    on Apr 29th, 2015 at 8:17 am

    Rob, my dad helped me solve the problem of so-called aging. He told me that when I got to be of a certain age, I could start subtracting. That means I’m only 37 now!

  2. #2 Steve Coon
    on Apr 29th, 2015 at 8:44 am

    “Hmm. Maybe you’re right.” On the other hand, maybe I don’t want to live to be 150. And I don’t think I want to know what everyone is saying about me, either. But I’m even happier now that I never got a tattoo!

  3. #3 Vikki
    on Apr 29th, 2015 at 8:48 am

    My father always says that old is 15 years older than you are. How true!

  4. #4 Ken & Elaine Carr
    on Apr 29th, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Thanks for keeping us on your mailing list !


    Ken and Elaine Carr

  5. #5 Ray
    on Apr 29th, 2015 at 11:38 am

    A number of years ago my wife and I were visiting her 100 +/- year old grandmother who is a retired school teacher who was sharp as a tack until her death at 103. She told us that a student of her’s came to visit and the remark was “he was some old grandparent now”.

    I liked the cartoon. I wonder the same thing. They don’t seem to.