Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Save it for Last

Senior retirement homes should be called Half-Way houses because that is what they are, half of a house, half as many rooms, a bathroom in half the space, half a kitchen if any at all, a living room with enough room for a chair with a TV in front of it, half a closet. No front porch, patio, lawn, garage or flower bed. When you graduate from that, you go to The Senior Hotel. You have rooms and hallways, and valets and maids to turn your bed down at night. You even have maids to help with the bath. Meal time is fine dining with all your friends, served tomato soup with delicious cat food sandwiches. Who could ask for more?
Not many can afford this fine living, it is not cheap, it runs around $50000 or more a year. You work a lifetime to pay for a home so you will have something to bequeath to The Senior Hotel.
 That is the  long and short of it, but it isn't all gloom and doom.

Now for a few words about the teens.

Teens have a lingo all of their own,
and they always have.

Adults:                                          Teen:

Call or phone                                Text
Visit                                              Hang out
Aced it                                          Smacked it
Old or antique                              Teek
Good friend                                  We’re tight
Not going steady                           Single
Clean your room                          It’s not dirty


Stephanie Frieze said...

I know the struggle my in-law had in making the decision to move from the house they were living in to an apartment in a building where there are meals and activities to be had and a very small kitchen. In their case I think they waited too long. By the time they made the move my father-in-law, who is 94, was getting too confused to get to the activities he would have loved a few years before and my mother-in-law unable to eat solid food. My own mother lives in what she calls "The Squirrels' Cage," an apartment building for seniors and disabled. It is a one bedroom apartment and we pay someone to take out her garbage now that she can't lift the lid on the dumpster and we pay for a security system in case she falls. She refuses to talk about going to assisted living where I think she would enjoy more companionship, but she doesn't seem to be as much of a people person as she used to be so we take it one day at a time. You are right about the cost of assisted living. I think a cruise ship might be cheaper.

Dale Lockwood said...

Tomato soup and cat food sandwiches! Lord have mercy, you had me crying. But it is high class if the say toato the English way, "Toemato soup is now served with lady finger sandwhiches." I can't wait to go!