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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Grandpa-de-deux


As you are aware, you can't just Google something and then walk away because if you were interested in whatever you Googled, you know you are going to be interested in whatever else Google pulls up. 


I love dancing and went from mediocre but enthusiastic in my younger years to just have a seat while being appreciative in my no-longer younger years. (But at closer to 50 than I am to 40 and with lots more of me than at 20, I can still reach down and put my palms flat on the ground.  It will be a valuable skill when I'm in the ER with a heart attack.) 


Supplanting most other interests? The one that makes me face slapping insane? The continuum of adequate to tolerable to poor to piss-poor to attrociously piss-poor treatment of people with failing health.  



It makes me very happy to find examples of people bucking the aging trend. 



An addition to Want to be Happy? 


This is John Lowe, a WWII Veteran and retired art teacher. He is 95 and started dancing when he was 79. 


"I went to a dance school in the high street in Ely and asked if I could do tap and ballet and they said 'well of course you can' and I've been doing it ever since." 


"In 1965 I became director manager of the small Strode Theatre in Street, Somerset. I would stand in the wings and sketch, thinking, ‘How I wish I could dance like that!' "


"The really important thing for me is that I am working with much younger people who treat me not as an old man – which I most certainly am – but as a friend."


"There's nothing effeminate about it - you have to be incredibly fit to dance. . . I see these people crawling around, hunched over smoking a cigarette - they should be doing ballet." 


"I moved into this place when I was 80 and the first thing I did was lay a wooden floor so I could roller skate on it and then I installed the ballet bar." 


"I move the furniture to do my ballet turns. I can get four in, if I cross the room diagonally."


"During World War II I lost six of the best years of my life and I’ve been trying to catch up ever since."

"I learned a great deal from the three years I spent in a prisoner-of-war camp in Japan. I realized that if you put your mind to it, you can do almost anything. . . We would go on trips to find furniture for the camp. One of our soldiers found an old piano. He knew all the old cabaret songs and taught them to me so that we could do concerts."



"I am a lucky man to be alive and I love to entertain people. I think if people find it uplifting I am justified in doing the showing-off."


You certainly are justified in doing the showing-off.


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