Sunday, June 19, 2011

The Other Side of Ageism

     I've been thinking a lot about the other side of age discrimination-ageism against older people. Particularly against the elderly. It's sadly common for people to think elderly people are useless or a burden to society. And if you ask me, that's just stupid. Some of my favorite people are in their seventies, like my grandparents, for example. What's not to like? They bring presents, paint pictures, talk about all the cool books they read, take pictures with out looking, own cool dogs, tell war stories, and bake cookies on top of it all. I'm sure I'm not the only one out there with awesome grandparents.
     As for the stereotypes about old age making you stupid? Next time you hear that, look at who's talking. Sheesh, have some respect from your elders. One of the smartest people I ever met was my health teacher, Ms. Rallison*. She'd been a teacher for a long time as well as doing some other jobs. Not only did she really know what she was talking about, but she knew how to make it interesting and proufound to a classroom full of teenagers. Not everybody can do that. Then there's my Sunday school teacher, Sister Rider*.  Like Ms. Rallison, she's really smart and fun. She doesn't just lecture, she tells stories and jokes***. Plus, she wears cool clothes and brings cookies almost every week.
     Bottom line, people are great. Age doesn't make a difference.
*I don't use real names online.
**Same as above
***Ha! Made you look.
Note: I'm going on another no internet vacation. I'll post as soon as I get back on Friday.

1 comment:

  1. My daughter Bess* also had a great health teacher. And cookies always make Sunday School better no matter how old you are.

    * I don't use real names in blog comments.

    Have a fun vacation. I'll look for you next week.