… you take a nap after lunch.
… the point size on your computer monitor is 16 or larger.
… the books you read have enlarged print.
… residents in nursing homes look young to you.
… you walk around with your purse wide open.
… asking for scratch paper, you get blank stares.
… you know what chicken scratch is and you cook from scratch.
…s omeone says, �I�ll dial the number,� you know what they mean.
… your 1970 sewing machine doesn�t look like an antique.
… you still say, �Roll down the car window.�
… at one time, you had a gas station attendant who hand-washed your windshield, checked the oil and pumped your gas for 20 cents a gallon.
… buying five-cent Hershey�s Reeses�s Peanut Butter Cups seems like yesterday.
… you know why people used to drop their watches.
… your first washing machine had a ringer.
… the way you prefer to dry laundry is by hanging it out on the line, even in winter.
… you have clothespins and still use them.
… you sift your flour and grate your cheese.
… you know how to poach eggs.
… a catalog store is something you can define.
… shopping in the Montgomery Catalog Store on Main Street once was routine for you.
… the thrill of going to the Five and Dime on a Saturday afternoon is fresh in your mind.
… there is a crank pencil sharpener in your house and you still use it.
… you know what a blackboard is.
… the first lesson you had in cursive was on a blackboard.
… you know what cursive is and still use it.
… letter writing on stationary is one way you communicate
… �text� was not a verb when you were a teenager.
… you still have a set of Encyclopedia Britannica on your bookshelves.
… the encyclopedia salesman and you were on a first-name basis.
… you know what a bomb shelter is.
… air raid drills in school are vivid in your memory
… your doctor is younger than you are.
… the mayor�s name is Katrina.
… your senator�s name is Sean.
… the governor�s name is Chris.
… you�re the oldest person on the block.
… you�re all alone with no one to share family news.
… you don�t mind growing old because you�re tired.
… you finally realize that having grandchildren is the one good thing about growing old.
A resident of Southeast South Dakota, Paula Bosco Damon is a national award-winning columnist. Her writing has won first-place in competitions of the National Federation of Press Women, South Dakota Press Women and Iowa Press Women. In the 2009 and 2010 South Dakota Press Women Communications Contest, Paula�s columns took five first-place awards. To contact Paula, email firstname.lastname@example.org, follow her blog at http://my-story-your-story.blogspot.com/ and find her on Facebook.
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