Loving The Fifty Something’s

The truly delightful – I’ve met her, so I know – Sam Smith at Loving The Fifty Something asked me to join in her series on Amazing Over 50s. Obviously she had a gap in her schedule and D Trump was having his crown returfed and Theresa May had become Theresa Couldn’t If She Lived For A Millennia so I happily agreed to fill in.

Here’s the link to the post and this is an extract to tempt you across….

Me at fifty, with the Vet

I’m conscious that at actual 62, I no longer win at bodily keepy-uppy. Gravity is winning an inexorable battle. Things that once slipped smoothly into place now click like the big end on my father’s beloved Ford Escort. It’s not that I don’t bounce back as once I did – I no longer bounce. I took a conscious decision to lose weight a year or so ago; one close friend watched me shed the pounds and said nothing until I mentioned my antipathy to buying new clothes to fit this newly svelte frame, whereupon he said, ‘Oh thank heavens; I thought you must have cancer.’ A function of aging and expectations again.

It can be boring, focusing on the body’s essential misanthropy. My wife has introduced the ten minute organ recital for any get together with her girlfriends: ten minutes at the start to discuss any problems with their organs or whatever and then no more. Very wise is my wife.

So how have I embraced my middle youth? With vigour, enthusiasm and ridiculous optimism. 

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published three anthologies of short stories and a memoir of my mother. More will appear soon. I will try and continue to blog regularly at geofflepard.com about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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25 Responses to Loving The Fifty Something’s

  1. As we should embrace any age. 🙂

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  2. trifflepudling says:

    Re. your Theresa May comment, somebody told me he’d read an article today in which it was said that Theresa May had fallen on her sword and missed 😀 !

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  3. Ritu says:

    Wonderful reminder that age ain’t nothing but a number!

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  4. Just like you approach everything else, Geoff.

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  5. “I no longer win at bodily keepy-uppy. Gravity is winning an inexorable battle.” Join the losing battle, Geoff! Haha! I’ve also questioned illness when I’ve seen someone my age lose a lot of weight. It’s always a bit awkward to ask, “Did you plan to lose all that weight or are you on chemotherapy?”

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  6. willowdot21 says:

    Geoff you are still a mere babe in arms 💜💜

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  7. Rhonda says:

    ” I no longer bounce”. Great line! Enjoyed this post. I can relate!

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  8. Widdershins says:

    ‘Organ recital’ … love it. 😀

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  9. Jennie says:

    Bodily keepy uppy is my new favorite phrase. Really. Now, say that three times really fast after a glass of wine. 😀

    Like

  10. Elizabeth says:

    I loved the article and the chance to see great pictures of your family. As for gravity and me, my daughter says if I stand on my head everything returns to its proper place.

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