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Polly has spent her entire life writing and has since become a freelancer.  She now writes about a variety of topics, from dining and
entertainment to pets and travel.  When not writing, she studies linguistics.
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Posted, Saturday, October 26, 2013; filed under Polly's Perspective and Commentary
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October Perspective???

October perspective???  So what happened to
September???  Ok.  I confess.  I simply forgot.  
Those things start to happen as you began to
get older.  So they say.  Whomever THEY are.

Truth is time seems to just pickup speed.  One
day you are bringing a baby home from the
hospital.  The next, you are holding your
grandchild, and, before you know it, you are
looking to see which one of your long lost
friends/schoolmates/ex-coworkers is in the obits
in the daily paper.

It is not that your mind fails you or you forget
easily, but just simply have a whole new set of

You have to adjust to the "New Age" and here
are a few new rules I have learned in the "New
You are understanding that you need to make more trips to the grocery store.  Why?  Because
you cannot carry four of those plastic bags full of can goods and other heavy stuff like you could
when you were 30.  Your 10-year-old grand daughter can set your telephone, computer, etc
before you even find the directions that came with the damn thing.  And while you stare at them in
amazement they look at you with a smile and say, "Ok Grandma, you want me to show you how it
works?  Or, do you want me to come over next Saturday and do your mail for you?"

You socialize more.  And why not?  You have earned it.  But when dining out you learn that a
whole entrée can be split between you and your spouse.  Your tummy does not hold or need the
fuel you ingested when you were younger.

Senior status is a whole new phase to understand and learn.  I know now that if I drink iced tea
after 6 p.m. I will have to make a potty trip at 12:30 and 3:00 a.m.  I can take my night meds with 8
ounces of water at 9:00 p.m. and be fine throughout the night, but no soda pop, tea or other
If I put someone on hold to answer the second line... all I can say is it is a good thing that the
phone rings to remind me that I left the first person on hold.

And that is all I can say or at least remember at this time.

Enjoy your October Perspective on "New Age"!

Polly Elliott-Lanz
Polly's Perspective