Seniors must keep a sense of humor


MISSOURI, October 1, 2014  — Humor, according to Webster’s dictionary, is “Something that is or has the ability to be comical or amusing.”

As a senior, it is can be a challenge to keep a sense of humor. Despite the difficulty, however, it is critical to keep smiling, as it helps to maintain one’s health. Seniors must do everything within their power to keep their health, as long as they can and continue to participate in the “game of life.”

A senior remembering their teen-age years remembers the adults looking at them very strangely when it came to how the guy’s wore their hair. The hair had a curl in the front and was slicked back with some type of grease—it was red  and came in a small bottle. The hair in the back was parted, and it was termed “duck butt.”

The pants were so pegged, they had to take off their shoes to put them on. They had the dog chain, and the gray hat with the back rim pushed up and was adorned with a little red feather. And how about those “Zoot suits”?

At the time, they thought that was normal, while the adults thought it was scandalous.

Maybe seniors should remember those days when they see young men wearing shorts and pants below their hips and which appear to defy the law of gravity by remaining on their bodies.

Instead of judging, put on that internal smile and remember your own fashion statements.

Do you remember when Elvis Presley started out in show business and would “wiggle” his hips? Well! It got national attention. It got so bad that they would not film him from his waist down. However, after much debate and hand ringing by some, it finally became acceptable and became a “trade mark.” And with music like “Your Nothing but a Hound Dog” or “My Blue Swede Shoes” the young people were completely entertained.

Music today is different. It is loud and no one can understand the words. The worst thing is to pull up to a stop light and have a sonic boom drive up next to you. It isn’t hard to understand why an up and coming profession is dealing with the hearing impaired.

Rather than getting upset and cranky when they hear this music, Seniors can smile. Time marches on and will continue to do so. Elvis was as shocking to your parents as this music is to us. It is a sure thing that in years to come the ones who enjoy that loud “whatever” today will think the music of their children is “different.”

So Seniors, keep a smile on your face and maintain a sense of humor. Remember your own teenage years and the reaction of your parents. Smile and be happy and display your sense of humor.

However, that’s from a time and place I am from-

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  • Guillermo F. Perez-Argüello

    The baby boom generation, those who are the seniors today, had the fortune of seeing the advent of what was then, and curiously remains today, the most extraodinary of celebrities, in any field, be it entertainment, sports, whatever. Even 37 years after having passed away, this guy continues to set the mark, his attributes referenced in 100,000 books, articles and encyclopedias, his home visited by almost 20 million paying vivitors, his albums still selling at a rate of 1.3 million each year. A man so likeable that even without his ever having been a politician or a religious figure, his legacy can be translated in that not one, but two states of tghe Union profit from the tourism that comes their way, That the number of tribute artists who interpret his music grows exponentially. os neither here nor there. And the only reason why I belive this guy remains so popular was his not having ever taken his success, his extraordinary fame, seriously. The sense of humour he kept, at the zanyness of the whole thing, is half of the recipe. The other half was his talent….