Me Before You

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As a former city girl, I basically walk at one speed and one speed only… Fast. I don’t consciously do it and I certainly don’t do it to prove anything to anybody. It’s just my regular gait.

So if you’re walking with me, you’d better keep up. And if you’re near me when I’m walking, you’d better be prepared to get out of my way when I pass you. If your head is down because your eyes are focused on your phone instead of where you’re headed, you’ll hear my wrath when I tell you (in no uncertain terms), “heads up.”

If I’ve just spent the better part of the last hour grocery shopping with a bunch of senior citizens who have an unlimited amount of free time on their hands (kind of like Sunday drivers only with shopping carts), you may well experience a lot of, “excuse me’s,” and “watch your backs,” and “on your lefts.” 

And when I finally get back home – I’ll be the one pushing around a heavy cart full of maybe twelve bags of groceries –  and I exit the elevator and start down the hallway, be prepared to step aside as I shout, “me before you.”

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2 thoughts on “Me Before You

  1. What’s your hurry? You know the saying “Take time to smell the roses.” I was born in Toronto when I was very young. I have spent most of my life in the Toronto area except for one year in Austria and three years in Miami. Last year my wife and I moved to Chester, Nova Scotia to be closer to our children and grandchildren. We are so glad we did. Life here is much slower, people are more friendly and take the time to talk with you, they are more polite, and their driving habits are much more like Toronto used to be many years ago. Regarding your attitude towards senior citizens and their shopping habits, you may find when you get to be their age, you move a little slower because some parts of your anatomy don’t work as fast or efficiently as they once did. However, the number of seniors in our society is increasing as our population ages and it will happen to you also in time. You need to make an exception for these citizens who have built our country before you.
    My advice to you is “slow down”. Try to appreciate your life more. Be polite and friendly to your fellow citizens. Make allowances for peoples’ ages both the young and the older. Enjoy your life more as a result.

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  2. Thank you for your thoughts, David. I totally agree. But please read past posts to better understand the history of this blog. It’s part trial and error of multi-generational living but, at its root, it’s a loving parody of a unique, parent-approved home situation. I hope you will continue to follow us and share our story with others.

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