My parents were in town last month looking for a home that is closer to us. They’d been thinking about moving for a while, but after they’d opened their Christmas cards and were barraged by the reports of heart attacks, strokes, cancers and other illnesses that seem to be affecting their friends at rapid fire speed these days, it made the decision easier. Aging is hard. No doubt about it. But there are definitely times where it can (and should) be met with humor as well.
Like when we went to look at a home for my parents that had the washer and dryer in the basement at the end of a set of rickety and slippery steps. Deal breaker for that house. But we did joke about placing a mattress at the bottom of the steps to practice Mary Lou Retton style dismounts. Or how it might have just been safer to climb into the laundry basket and ride down the steps like bobsledders do. And my parents laugh every time one of those ‘little purple pill’ commercials comes on and the couple is holding hands, staring into each other’s eyes and walking into the sunset. “Why don’t they ever trip on a crack in the sidewalk?” they ask and laugh. “They should look where they are walking.”
Humor, in all aspects of life is a wonderful coping tool when all else fails. Here are two books that are sure to inspire chuckles for every reader:
We’re Not Sixteen Anymore – A Baby Boomer’s Adventures in Online Dating by Becky Andersen: Not since funny lady Erma Bombeck has there been a book written that so delightfully pokes gentle fun at common occurrence in everyday life —and in this case,dating. But not just any dating! Online dating. And specifically online dating when you’re closer to sixty than to sixteen.
Follow the tongue-in-cheek adventures of a Baby Boomer as she discovers the pitfalls and highlights of dating in the 21st Century’s cyber-world. Feeling naive and outside her comfort zone, the author prepares to step up to the plate of dating after a relative puts her on an electronic dating site. Like many people, she discovers she’s been in a time warp, and when she approaches dating like she did when she was in her teens, she discovers it’s entirely different.
What started out as entries on her Facebook page have expanded into detailed accounts of dating foibles and feats. Anyone who has embraced the concept of online dating will find her adventures humorous and charming. (This book will release on June 7, 2016 – but it is available for pre-order now).
You can’t Iron a Wrinkled Birthday Suit by Sharon Phennah If you’re alive, you’re aging . . . but You Can’t Iron a Wrinkled Birthday Suit smashes senior living stereotypes!
Zany families, eccentric friends, and ne’er-do-well neighbors inhabit the labyrinthine lives of three women friends as they live through one puzzling “Golden Year.”
A surprise visit from local law enforcement, a younger friend’s romantic disasters, and the death of a parent all combine with daily life—laundry, scones, senior sex—to create one walloping, raucous read.
Loquacious pets—critics and alter egos—offer a rich counterpoint to the human dramas affecting their lives.
Unfiltered and compelling, this entertaining saga provides readers of all ages with a new and positive view of growing older.
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