By the time most of you read today's post, I will have undergone cataract surgery on my left eye and be home already. I am scheduled for the procedure at 9AM and told I will be ready to leave by 10AM.
It sounds so simple, doesn't it. Hundreds of people – friends, blog readers, strangers here and there around the web, physicians – have told me for many years how terrific it is. No big deal, they say.
But I'm scared to death, haven't slept all weekend and cannot concentrate on much of anything.
Long before now, I've asked the doctors all the questions, done all the online homework. I know the surgery is easy, fast, painless and there are complications in less that one percent of surgeries.
Doesn't matter. Fear rules – IT'S MY EYE, DAMN IT. I don't claim to rational about this.
So since I'm not in shape to write a coherent blog post, I'll show you something delightful I had been saving for next week's Interesting Stuff but let's use it today instead.
I first saw this when Pamela (Lady Luz) of Costa del la Luz Gardening sent me a link a few days ago.
Then, yesterday, Marian Van Eyk McCain of Elderwomanblog sent the link too. Here's your first taste:
In case you don't recognize it, that's a scene from Saturday Night Live with Irmgard Alt, 79, and Siegfried Gallasch, 87, as Tony Manero and Stephanie Mangano.
Here's what it's about: The residents of the The Contilia Retirement Group in Essen, Germany recreated 12 classic moments from famous movies for a 2014 calendar.
The oldest resident to take party is 98-year-old Walter Loeser on the left in this Easy Rider scene.
And here is 80-year-old Erwin J. von der Heiden as – you don't need to be told - Rocky Balboa.
As Ruth-Ellen B. Joeres points out in the comments below, those links to the story and more photos don't work now. Here's a better link to all 12 photos.
At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Marc Leavitt: Getting Taller, Getting Smaller