ELDER MUSIC: 1940 Again
Father Time and Me


So good to see you, lovely and laughing.

Interesting discussion about looking at others with disabilities, and it being good for others as well, good, reminds me of the book by Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court Justice, Just Ask! about children. Handicapped ???

Thank you Ronni -- so far, so good. I hope you're enjoying the day as well. It's always a special treat to see an episode of the Alex and Ronni show!

Laughed at this conversation. My MIL used to call her portable oxygen tank "George." Any expedition with her started with filling George and pulling together canulas, etc. "Get George ready!" We did. I envision you doing this alone .. hope it is not burdensome.

So good to see you .. period. And w/o a head covering -- cute 'do'!

Thank you for allowing us in on all this. You make it all better.

Am trading in all other descriptions of aging such as “being for sissies” for one of old age being a “wack a mole” game — much more pertinent. Also like noting how many requirements for handicapped benefit many others of all ages who are of so-called normal physical status. I don’t experience electric cart users in stores as aggressive per Alec’s experience, but the carts can be challenging for drivers to use as controlling their movement appears to be prone to being jerky — hard to smoothly drive. He should try one sometime as I did to gain a better perspective.

ADDING to what Alex asked about treating different in a wheelchair: YOU BET! I use a mobility scooter and am not seen - literally not seen - by many. Looked over. Walked over when I'm in a wheelchair at airports. It's the rule not the exception. It's been a stunning learning experience bec "I look good" otherwise.. and am still actively working full time and productive, tho' grey hair is a give-away for age even w/ good skin .. like yours too, Ronni.

Great conversation with Alex, as usual! As I watched, I was reminded of my very difficult mother. She kept a diary--virtually no emotional content, just daily events, errands, meetings with her neighbors, etc. But at some point--she was somewhere in her late 80s (and died at 90)--she wrote, out of the blue, "Being old is so lonely!" And what I knew was that she almost certainly thought she was the only one with that problem. She had little insight into her own traits, situation, and relationship to the world--though she didn't have dementia--and no doubt thought she was the only one dealing with such loneliness. What a shame she couldn't empathize with the many neighbors she had! She was often helpful to them, and spent time with them, but she always thought of herself as a one-person species (sui generis), and therefore didn't have the consolation of knowing she had a lot of company. Very sad. Those of us who can relate to each other have companionship. And your blog and conversations with Alex, Ronni, are a huge help in that regard. Thank you, again, for the great service you do us all.

I love when you and Alex banter back and forth. It's like sitting in a living room chatting with two friends, except I'm listening and not talking. I feel a good deal of warmth however being a part of your conversations. It's obvious Alex has a good deal of compassion for you and what you are dealing with.

Bless both of you for being such good and ordinary people.

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