Today is Thursday, August 21, 2008. This is the 234th day of the year with only 132 remaining until the new year. There’s still time to accomplish all those lofty goals you set on New Year’s Day, but it’s crunch time.
Today is officially Senior Citizen Day as declared by President Ronald Reagan and adopted in 1988. But I’m not sure what that means. Are we to honor those kids who are in their senior years of high school or college – or our elders?
I referred to Wikipedia which describes senior citizens as those “nearing or surpassing the average life span of human beings, and thus the end of the human life cycle.” Whew. I’m don’t think I’m there yet but I still qualify for that cheap coffee at McDonalds.
Besides, “average life span” is increasing all the time. What was once considered a senior citizen can practically be middle aged these days. (I’m an eternal optimist.)
Euphemisms and terms for old people include seniors — chiefly an American usage — or elderly. As occurs with almost any definable group of humanity, some people will hold a prejudice against others — in this case, against old people. This is one form of ageism.” For shame.
My advice for those fearing they have reached senior citizendome is – go to the Dollar Tree and buy a few bottles of those bubbles and blow it out like you did when you were five and it was your birthday party. That always works for me.