View Full Version : Age - a matter of perspective

05-05-2003, 09:41 PM
Everyone has been guilty of looking at others their own age and thinking...

surely I cannot look that old.........I'm sure you've done the same......

You may enjoy this short story....

While waiting for my first appointment in the reception room of a new dentist, I noticed his certificate, which bore his full name. Suddenly, I remembered that a tall, handsome boy with the same name had been in my high school class some 40 years ago.

Upon seeing him, however, I quickly discarded any such thought. This balding, gray-haired man with the deeply lined face was too old to have been my classmate.

After he had examined my teeth, I asked him if he had attended the local high school.

"Yes," he replied.

"When did you graduate?" I asked.

He answered, "In 1957."

"Why, you were in my class!" I exclaimed.

He looked at me closely and then asked, "What did you teach??"

(PS: This didn't really happen to ME, but was a funny story emailed to me)

05-05-2003, 10:09 PM
We talked about this exact subject at a party I went to this weekend....everyone present was "fifty-ish".

All of us gave examples of how we're "getting long in the tooth". For example, the ladies present told us that they knew they were getting older when young men started calling them "Ma'am".

Mine may have been the best: A student recently told me that his Dad knew me.

"How does he know me?", I asked.

"You were his teacher!", says this young fellow about 18 years old! Argggh!!

05-06-2003, 12:12 AM
I recently met an old high school chum who happened to be driving through my town on his way back from a business trip he was on. He called me up and I went to his hotel to see him for the first time in many years. We are both the same age, but he looked much older than I do (we are both pushing hard on 50). This wasn't just my opinion either - others told me this afterwards. The difference? I think its because he is a heavy smoker and drinker and I'm not. I am not an anti-smoking Nazi - it should be a matter of personal choice IMHO, but I will say I do believe that his heavy smoking has a lot to do with his looking 10 years older than he really is. (Ok, my flame retardant suit is on graemlins/darthvader.gif )

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