Media Distorts The Idea of “Lucky” At 84

Ali Velshi wants you to believe that an 84 year old woman waiting tables is “lucky.”    At her age it’s great for her to be standing on her feet all day, carrying heavy trays, and dealing with the public.  Just what you envision when you are that age, right?  I’m thinkin’ no.   At that age, the hardest thing I want to be contemplating is gardening and where to go on my next vacation.

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  1. My mother wired B-29’s during WWII.
    Post-war she was a stewardess for United Airlines.
    She married my Dad in 1949 and had kids in ’51 and ’53.
    She was a full-time mother and housewife until 1968 when she felt she had the personal and financial need to start working again.
    She stopped working in 1977 when Dad got a job that paid him as much a year (in raw figures) as he’d earned in his entire life.
    Dad retired in 1982 at age 62.
    Mum learned to ski when she was 64 and went on three ski trips before giving it up at 67.
    Whilst she was skiing Dad would ride his Arab gelding, ‘Burrak’ ( also when she wasn’t skiing).
    When Dad died at 70, mum not only kept Burrak but mucked-out and groomed him herself every other day (Burrak was stabled with some horsey friends who had the necessary facilites).
    She’d also take dance classes and made a small business creating costumes for theater and fancy dress parties (more for pleasure than profit). She also kept up the gardening. .
    At 80, she had to submit to the constraints of her age–no more mucking-out the horse, no more dancing, no more gardening, no more sewing costumes. She died in comfort and under tender care in a state-run hospital at 84; her last pleasures in life were the attendance of her boys and the gin- and-tonics we brought to her (to which none of the nurses objected) whilst birds audibly twittered in the courtyard garden which the ward encircled.

    She worked hard her whole life, for herself for her family, but never out of dire necessity. Arguably she lived ‘the American Dream’ but her ability to do so was due to an institutional sense of communal rather than strictly personal responsibility. Socialism balanced with capitalism enabled her and our whole family to get along and also to get ahead, and to have the choice to work or retire.

    The woman in this report clearly has little choice. The condescension of the CNN bobble-head is truly staggering to me.
    I don’t one don’t expect the younger generations to go through the hoops and deprivations I have been through–what would be the point in re-inventing the wheel and demanding that every generation wholly revisit the past? Otherwise there would no progress!

    The fact that this woman is still working at 84 just to keep herself alive is not a cause for admiration–especially from someone who could tip her a whole week’s wages and not feel the pinch.

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