There are many sad things about growing old. You hear about them often enough. But there are some perks to the process as well.
You're allowed to tell a young person to her face how attractive she is and all the things you would like to do with her - if only ... oh, if you were young again. Likewise, you can chase people away from your front gate or tell them to get out of your way as you walk down the street. You can hit passing cars with your cane when they don't let you cross. You can get away with public farts.
I think, though, that one of the sweetest perks is learning to tell what matters and what things you should care about.
So many things we strive for throughout our lives turn out be comfortless a day or two after achieving them. They're as needful as the approbation of sycophants we do not respect.
The things that matter are simple things. Kindness. Courtesy. Stringing words together. Making a picture. Making a play. Making a small change in the tiny world around you.
Think about that while I step outside for a minute. I can hear a gaggle of gutter punks singing bad bluegrass. Hand me my cane. This will be such fun.
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