Monday, December 09, 2013
I read a book the other day, just a free murder mystery on my kindle (we do a lot of reading during rainy season). Anyway, the quick plot outline - two sisters, retired, travel to the hotel their grandparents owned, to investigate a supposed inheritance, and end up solving the murder (that is not related to their inheritance).
Now, the sisters are ages 60 and 64. One is a retired teacher, walks every day, is active, takes up skiing at the hotel, etc etc. Never married, meets a guy in the book, may be dating. Into technology - uses the internet to her younger sister's amazement. (She's the elder of the two sisters.)
Younger sister is a little chubby, widowed, loves to read, refuses to try skiing, describes herself as elderly (at 60!!!), and says she wears polyester pants and acrylic sweaters. (Read, "giving up on fashion" clothes.) Computer confused (illiterate).
Okay, I personally found the characterization of these two women INFURIATING! Granted, one is active and busy and willing to try new things. But the other thinks she's a little old lady at age 60, and has pretty much set herself up to lead a sedentary life, waiting out her next 30 or so years.
I have no idea how old the author might have been when writing this book. But is this really someone's idea of 60 to 64 year old women?? Sit around a ski lodge and read? Wear elastic waist polyester pants and acrylic sweaters? Not learn new technology? Be afraid to drive in the snow? Be afraid to try new things?
I'm 59. Technically, 59.45 or so. Am I ready to sit in a ski lodge (well, on a beach) and just read? All day every day? NO!!!! I'm in the water scuba diving! Riding around on a boat! Walking around the beach! And I would rather walk down a road stark naked than wear polyester pants and acrylic sweaters, even in the frozen north!!!!
Elderly????? When did 60 become elderly????? My dad, who is 88, is elderly. And he travels to family events, or goes on the occasional trip to the Grand Canyon, or something. He isn't sitting in the ski lodge reading either!!!!
Granted, the author gave us an alternate version of aging in the sister who is physically active. But she's not the narrator, she's only the sidekick. (Actually, she's more of the Sherlock, and the narrator is more of the Watson.)
It just drove me crazy!!!!!
So, all you 60-something Sparkies, and 50-something Sparkies, and even you baby 20- and 30- and 40-something Sparkie children (hahaha), what do you think? Are those of us 60-ish supposed to retire from life? Or run around and have as much fun as possible for as long as possible?