We seniors passed the baton in decent order

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Dear Sir,

Further to your editorial in todays paper (January 5, 2018), I thought I would share the enclosed, source not known.

Some senior citizens are being criticised for the present deficiencies of our modern world; real or imaginary, present or past, foreign or domestic.

We take responsibility for all our actions and omissions; we do not try to blame others for our past imperfections, ignorance or failures.

Our generation saved the world from fascism and racism, while we raised the standard of living, healthcare and life expectancy.

However, upon reflection, we would like to point out that it was not senior citizens who took:

The melody out of music

The pride out of appearance

The courtesy out of driving

The romance out of love

The commitment out of marriage

The responsibility out of parenthood

The togetherness out of the family

The learning out of education

The service out of patriotism

The civility out of behaviour

The refinement out of language

The dedication out of employment

The prudence out of spending

And we certainly are not the ones who eliminated patience and tolerance from personal relationships, and interactions with others on a face-to-face basis.

And, we do understand the meaning of patriotism, and remember those who have fought and died for our country.

Yes, Im a senior citizen.

Im the life of the party ... even if it lasts only until 8pm.

Im very good at opening childproof caps ... with a hammer.

Im awake many hours before my body allows me to get up.

Im smiling all the time because I cant hear a thing youre saying. Im sure everything I cant find is in a safe secure place, somewhere.

Im wrinkled, saggy, lumpy, and thats just my left leg; but I havent made my skin look like wallpaper or snakeskin.

My ears, nose, tongue or naval have not been pierced with metal rings.

Im beginning to realise that ageing is not for wimps.

Yes, Im a senior citizen, and I think I am having the time of my life.

ANTONY SIESE

Paget

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Published Jan 8, 2018 at 8:00 am (Updated Jan 7, 2018 at 11:09 pm)

We seniors passed the baton in decent order

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