I guess there IS something to be said for getting older. (photo by Paul Downey/flickr)
By Michael J. Whelan
My wife and I go out to dinner once a week on average.
For several years we’ve noticed we hardly ever see anyone we know, regardless of which restaurant we’re in. It’s not that we’re necessarily looking to see old friends on these occasions. Nonetheless, it’s something we have found puzzling. That is, until now.
Recently I’ve started having breakfast with several lifelong friends once every couple of weeks or so.
We meet at eight o’clock in the morning at a local popular restaurant. On these mornings I now see lots of old friends and acquaintances that I wasn’t intending to see. It’s become like old home week, so to speak.
So it’s finally dawned on me. . .almost everyone our age is now going to bed at the hour when we used to be getting all cleaned up to go out on the town. Consequently we’re all up at dawn, so now we’re running into each other at eight in the morning instead of eight at night! I honestly don’t know whether to be sad or glad. I guess I’m more glad than sad, but still it’s a little depressing to contemplate what age has done to me and my wife and our friends. What’s really sad is that on those once a week forays into the evening dinner scene, I DO see folks even older than we are just coming IN for dinner as we are leaving to go home to bed. I wish I knew THEIR secret!
On the plus side, at least we aren’t awake to catch the almost always depressing ten o’clock newscasts, and, we didn’t know who won the presidential election until the morning after!
I guess there IS something to be said for getting older.
Michael J. Whelan has been a licensed practicing attorney for over 33 years. He also serves as an arbitrator in the 11th Judicial Circuit Mandatory Arbitration program. In addition, he is presently the president of the board of directors of his homeowners association, and is also a member of the board of directors of The Old House Society. He and his wife of thirty-one plus years, Cheryl Whelan, live in Bloomington. He and Cheryl enjoy exercising, reading, and being close to family and friends.
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