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April 13, 2005

aging gracefully, part 2

In keeping with the theme of my post on aging, a friend of mine sent me this bit from Andy Rooney that has made the rounds several times. I think it bears repeating.

Andy Rooney says....
"As I grow in age, I value women who are over 40 most of all. Here
are just a few reasons why:

An over 40 woman will never wake you in the middle of the night to
ask, "What are you thinking?" She doesn't care what you think.

If an over 40 woman doesn't want to watch the game, she doesn't sit
around whining about it. She does something she wants to do. And
it's usually something more interesting.

An over 40 woman knows herself well enough to be assured in who she
is, what she is, what she wants, and from whom. Few women past the
age of 40 give a darn what you might think about her or what she's

An over 40 woman usually has had her fill of "meaningful
relationships" and commitment." The last thing she wants in her life
is another dopey, clingy, whiny, dependent lover.

Over 40 women are dignified. They seldom have a screaming match with
you at the opera or in the middle of an expensive restaurant. Of
course, if you deserve it, they won't hesitate to shoot you if they
think they can get away with it.

Over 40 women are generous with praise, often undeserved. They know
what it's like to be unappreciated.

An over 40 woman has the self-assurance to introduce you to her
women friends. A younger woman with a man will often ignore even her
best friend because she doesn't trust the guy with other women.

A woman over 40 woman couldn't care less if you're attracted to her
friends because she knows her friends won't betray her.

Women get psychic as they age. You never have to confess your sins
to an over 40 woman. They always know.

An over 40 woman looks good wearing bright red lipstick. This is not
true of younger women.

Over 40 women are forthright and honest. They'll tell you right off
you are a jerk if you are acting like one. You don't ever have to
wonder where you stand with her.

Yes, we praise over 40 women for a multitude of reasons.
Unfortunately, it's not reciprocal.

For every stunning, smart, well-coiffed hot woman of 40+, there is a
bald, paunchy relic in yellow pants making a fool of himself with
some 22-year-old waitress.

Ladies, I apologize.

Andy Rooney

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I had not seen this quote before, so I am glad you posted it. Very good.

Here is one of my favorite perspectives on aging-- a poem by Donald Justice.

Men at Forty

Men at forty
Learn to close softly
The doors to rooms they will not be
Coming back to.

At rest on a stair landing,
They feel it moving
Beneath them now like the deck of a ship,
Though the swell is gentle.

And deep in mirrors
They rediscover
The face of the boy as he practises tying
His father's tie there in secret

And the face of the father,
Still warm with the mystery of lather.
They are more fathers than sons themselves now.
Something is filling them, something

That is like the twilight sound
Of the crickets, immense,
Filling the woods at the foot of the slope
Behind their mortgaged houses.

Posted by: Rob at Apr 13, 2005 8:57:51 AM

Bravo to that Alicia!! Wow!

Posted by: Ali at Apr 13, 2005 2:50:52 PM

And bravo to Rob for posting one about men! You rarely get to see positive poems about men these days.

Posted by: Alicia at Apr 13, 2005 3:24:22 PM