The Deacon's Bench

The Deacon's Bench

“I grow old…”

“I grow old…
I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled…”

— TS Eliot, “Lovesong of J.Alfred Prufrock”

Yeah, I hear you, Alfred.

The other day, I decided to try out a new barber shop.  A nice young Greek fellow named Nick did a fine job.  When he finished, since there’s a “seniors” discount, he politely, shyly, asked me my age.


“51,” I said. 

He beamed. 

Great, I thought.  “Nick,” I asked, “am I old enough for the discount?” 

He smiled politely and shook his head. 

“How old do I have to be?” 

He smiled and handed me my change. 

“65.  Have a good day.”

“Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach?
I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach.
I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.
 I do not think that they will sing to me…”

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Paula Gonzales Rohrbacher

posted July 5, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Most people under the age of 30 think that anyone over the age of 40 is elderly. I run into this from the other side, working in a bookstore and asking folks if they are tax exempt – it’s not unlike asking a woman if she is pregnant (always dangerous, and best not done unless one actually observes a child emerging).
Some folks appreciate being asked, as it saves them 5% and others say: “NO! Do I look like a senior citizen?!?!” You can’t win!

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posted July 5, 2010 at 6:11 pm

LOL! Personally, I’m looking forward to the free fishing license, and the free National Parks pass…

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Dorian Speed

posted July 6, 2010 at 11:58 am

I think of that poem every.single.time I face the critical question: Do I dare to eat a peach?

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Regina Faighes

posted July 7, 2010 at 11:34 am

About three years ago, when I was 41 years old, I went to an otorhinolaryngologist to have my ears cleaned out. The physician’s 20-something-year-old receptionist asked me what health insurance coverage I had. When I told her I had Oxford, she immediately inquired: “Oxford Medicare?”

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