Too slow for those who wait,
Too swift for those who fear,
Too long for those who grieve,
Too short for those who rejoice,
But for those who love,
Time is eternity.
Henry Van Dyke
Lately, I’ve been thinking about time, and especially how this single word covers such a wide range of experiences. So I looked up one of my favourite books, The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, to see if someone had done a pithy summary...
Anne is currently contributing to the Benevolent Society’s national EveryAGE Counts Campaign, which has characterised her as a 'crusader for ageing'. She has worked as psychologist, anthropologist, sociologist and researcher variously in medical education, media analysis, body image and ageing. She has a Bachelors (Psychology and Anthropology), Graduate Diploma in Health Education, Masters (Anthropology) and PhD (Sociology) degrees. Anne is a happily married mother of three and actively involved grandparent of six. She has always enjoyed writing and now does so both through contributing articles to a number of online sites for older people, and having recently completed a comprehensive book about ageing well, which has been accepted for publication.
Just over two months ago, I wrote in Part One about my decision to get professional help to reverse the curve in my back. At that time I had a scheduled appointment, to follow three weeks of doing the recommended exercises, for my second visit to a local posture physiotherapist – whom I’d found through Google (remember back to the days when that would have been through the Yellow Pages?). And I was going to report back in HelloCare...
Over the years I have – happily – seen an increasing number of movies about older people, and enjoyed most of them. Nonetheless, as my even more movie-addicted brother has pointed out – somewhat unkindly but with a grain of truth – more often than not they are “those cutesy or poignant UK ones about old people finding some new interest or those US ones about old geezers engaging in bank heists etc, [with] Michael Caine, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy...
It’s interesting how a confluence of events can give rise to a new idea, in this case for a story club – well, at least, it’s an idea that I’ve not heard of before. And in case it’s something that those people on the verge of writing a memoir might find a novel approach that they’d like to consider, I thought I’d offer it here.
As background to its evolution, it was the product of three events coming together. Firstly...