Many of us have now become Seen-Agers

Those older ones who now have everything they wanted as teenagers

For those of us ladies and gentleman who have already celebrated several generations of Christmas, we can hopefully now mellow just a little bit while joyfully watching the younger set bustling around trying to get everything done just in time for the big celebration, to which we hope we are invited. While sampling some of my wife’s yummy festive baking last week, I read with joy that as seniors, our age group has now been declared as SEENAGERS. And, as senior teenagers, here are some of the perks that we have achieved and so richly deserve to enjoy.

*We now have everything that we always wanted as a teenager, only 50-60 years later.

*We don’t have to get up every weekday morning to go to school or work and we get an allowance every month for staying home.

*We have our own pads, where we job-share the household chores according to the weekly honey-do list

*We don’t have a curfew, but likely on most evenings can be found on the couch or in the sack by 10:00 p.m.

*Most of us still have a driver’s license and our own car, which we don’t have to lend to the kids, and can soup them up, shine and pamper as much as we like.

*We have ID’s that get us into the bars and wine stores and never get checked, but many of us have become weaned on low-cal beer and after dinner wine.

*The people that we hang around are not scared of getting pregnant or being drafted and, being blessed to have lived this long, why should we be scared.

*We don’t have acne, we have no fear of baldness and wrinkles, and we have had lots of time to find out what works best for our assorted aches and pains, most with senior discounts and on the medical plan.

All in all life is pretty good and we will hopefully feel much more intelligent after reading this as a member of the seenager fraternity. We can now feel ecstatic about the much studied facts that the brains of older people are a little slower because they know so much; that we don’t decline mentally with age because it takes us longer to recall the facts because we have more information in our brains, which the scientists now believe may make us a little hard of hearing because of all the pressure that our knowledge puts on our inner ears.

Occasionally, as seniors, we may go into another room or to the corner store and when we get there we stand there wondering what we came for.

Have no fear buddies, this is NOT a memory problem, it is just nature’s way of making older people do more exercise. I, for sure, am going to pass this on to all my friends and ‘coffee buddies’ and I hope that it will give them a big boost to occasionally let loose, be proud and just a little younger as a newly crowned senior teenager.

Nowadays even Santa has to adjust to the 21st century. As a little girl climbed onto Santa’s lap, the jolly old gent smiled and asked as usual, ‘what would you like for Christmas young lady?’ The child stared at him horrified for a few moments, and then gasped ’Didn’t you get my email?’

For those who have not made plans for your glorious Christmas Day Dinner, everyone is welcome to the gala 2016 family Ponoka Community Christmas celebration on Sunday, December 25th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion. The traditional feast is served at 12 noon sharp with lots of treats and fun and donations really appreciated. In the meantime, please dress a little warmer as you venture outside, and have a great week, all of you.


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