Say What You Need To Say…….(provided you are a senior citizen)
June 24, 2008
“Well Steve, I hardly recognized you you’ve gotten so fat.” said the classy-looking, 60-ish woman standing near the casket.
“Damn lady, he just lost his dad, cut him some slack”, I thought. Steve is my father, and the woman’s sharp words came at my grandpa’s (his father’s) wake, nearly 7 years ago.
Since that incident, I have experienced many incidents of what I’ve come to refer to as, elderly word vomit, usually by my grandparents, and usually at my expense. Nearly every time I am in their presence, I have to bite my tounge to keep from saying sarcastically, “Yes, I have a weight problem, yes I am aware, I have a mirror, and a scale, but if I ever find myself without either one of them, I’m glad you’re here to let me know.”
I’ve heard stories about other people’s grandparents, and other elderly relatives, making similar comments to them. Their stories, as well as my own experiences, has led me to ponder: at what age does it become approporiate to say whatever crosses your mind, completely disregarding everyone else’s feelings?
Maybe they need to make Depends to control diarreha of the mouth.