It's taxing getting older

When you’re twenty-something, life is a hangover from your invincible teen years. The thirty-somethings begin to calm down and look at the future while shuttling their little ones to organized sports, dance lessons and play dates. By forty, adolescent angst begins to set in and you wonder where the kid that used to sit on your lap went. Cool is what happened.

Worry and praying is what gets you through your teenager’s growth years and paying for college practically breaks you. But when they become twenty-somethings, life changes more for you than it does for them. Remember they are still sowing their oats while your oats have been harvested.

You are now an empty-nester and the feathers you lined that nest with are to soften your life not that of your offspring. You’ve seen 50 come and go and now you’re looking at the retirement years – looking toward that pension or that first Social Security check.

Even though you feel like your 20, the big 6…0 finally hits.

“Look at the old SOB, he almost ran me off the road,” I said.

“He looks like he is the same age as you honey,” Linda replies laughing.

When you get a bit older, people who are the same age as you look much older for some reason. They probably feel like they are 20 as well. That’s why when those AARP solicitations began coming in the mail, I immediately threw them in the trash. I’m not old enough for the AARP. I don’t take enough medication yet, I teased Linda.

Linda and I went to see the new Tom Hanks movie “Captain Phillips,” as the rain would have kept us inside the house anyway on Saturday. We entered the queue and waited to reach the cashier. Then I saw it. “Seniors $7.” I started feeling my years then. We’re no dummies, we took the discount.

Besides the “Seniors Discount” there come some other perks: When you say inappropriate things in public you get away with it because people say, “He’s an old man, he doesn’t know any better,” or you  can get a pass, no pun intended, when you pass gas after getting you grandkids to pull your finger.

But here’s the catch: Environmentalists say within 80 years (three generations) the oceans will rise to unmanageable levels. That is something we will be leaving to our great-great grandchildren. That’s not just a pull-my-finger joke or inappropriate talk.

Eighty years according to National Geographic. “A recent study says we can expect the oceans to rise between 2.5 and 6.5 feet [within 80 years], enough to swamp many of the cities along the U.S. East Coast.”

What else could happen by the time my children’s-children’s children are living breathing the earth’s air.

Chesterfield County Public Schools say that if the upcoming vote on the schools referendum and the meals tax aren’t passed it will take 80 years to make the rounds of upgrades to any particular school. In other words if Beulah is upgraded/renovated this year, it would be 80 years before it would be eligible for another upgrade.

Is that just a scare tactic or is it a matter of truth. My question is why not put another bond referendum for next year or the year after. If this one goes down, surely there will be more opportunities.  That said, schools need maintenance, upgrade and security help, but how are we going to pay for it? We don’t know exactly how the plan works, how the cogs turn, so it amounts to trusting the machine. But as the world turns, I think we need to know more specifically how the funds are spent without going to a School Board meeting or BOS meeting. Other than that, let it fly. But keep in mind; your constituents deserve a good trade. We want more open access to the funding as the projects are completed.


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