Getting old is no joke. Of course we all begin to age the day we are born, but arriving at 'real' old age sort of creeps up on one. I don't think anyone really anticipates it until it happens - and it doesn't seem to happen overnight.
When it arrives you have to welcome it (let's face it the alternative is worse)with a smile. In fact today I welcomed it with a belly laugh once the whole episode was over. I thought I would share the episode with you.
I went into town (yes, you are quite right, it was for another coffee and cheese scone meeting) a quarter of an hour late and found that most of the Parking spaces in the market square were taken. There seemed to be one left and the cars parked either side had parked right up to the lines, so that the space was quite narrow.
I managed to squeeze in and opened the door to get out. I couldn't open the door quite far enough because of the next door car door. I got my feet out and on to the cobbles, twisted my body round on the driver's seat and levered myself up. But I couldn't get one leg in front of the other and found it impossible to get out.
Then I decided to get back in, sit down, pull my legs in and back out to find another space. I sat down but I couldn't get my legs back in. I pushed and heaved and leaned heavily on the dashboard - leaned on something which started up Radio 1 at the top volume - it shook the roof of the car!!! I didn't know how to switch the darn thing off because I hadn't known how I had switched it on in the first place. I couldn't close the car door because I couldn't get my legs in, so Radio 1 reverberated throughout the Market Square (at Volume 24).
I pressed all manner of buttons, switches and twiddly things until finally, after several minutes, I hit the one that turned the Volume back to 0, so at least there was silence.
By golly, I soon managed to get my legs back in after that I'll tell you. And when I got home the farmer didn't know how to turn the darned thing off either (we had a new car in February) and had to twiddle for a while before he hit the right button.
I am sure you'll agree - you have to laugh don't you?