“They say we don’t have a sense of humor,” chortled Harold.  “I’ve lived long enough to have been manipulated in all ways.”  Harold, a retired Bishop, was speaking to Laurence, a retired Elder.  Subject:  This old church which some entrepreneur had named THE ELDER ESTATE.  The building had been remodeled inside, providing apartments for retired religious leaders. 

“It’s a good thing I can’t see well enough to be annoyed by those people down there. What do you think, Laurence?”

“They don’t bother me any;  I can’t even hear them.”


“Wisdom is with aged men, With long life is understanding. Luke 2:36-38

Written for Rochelle’s 100-word story based on the picture prompt. PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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11 Responses to BENEFITS OF OLD AGE

  1. i b arora says:

    yes, at some stage you have to shut the world out.

    • oneta hayes says:

      I don’t know enough about Zen to classify this story as Zen. To me, it is just a realistic story of life and aging. I intended for it to be taken with humor, hopefully by using the word “chortled.”

  2. James McEwan says:

    The luxury of old age. We just have to live with the frustrations of our senses.

  3. Patricia Clair says:

    I agree with Neil – there’s definitely a sort of Zen wisdom happening here! Lovely.

    • oneta hayes says:

      Thanks for the comment. Sorry, I can’t claim a little credit for the “wisdom” of these old fellows. There’s not a drop of Zen in me! All this time I thought I was absorbing a little bit of Solomon in me. Joking and Smiling at you, Patricia.

  4. msjadeli says:

    It may be the key to elder wisdom is not being able to hear or see anything. At least they are living in a newly remodeled dwelling with others who understand them.

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