OK, so I know it isn't nice to speak ill of the dead....or the aged.
But since I am aged...and not yet dead....I feel I have not only a right, but a responsibility to write a bit about senior citizens.
We aren't always the vulnerable victims!
Some times we come right out and do criminal stuff ourselves.
Think again. We don't have centuries-old legends about young witches. Nor pictures of unwrinkled trolls. My take on it all, now that I am old, is those legends are rooted in reality.
When I was young, I could not even imagine old folks committing crimes........... or having sex.
Now I know, sex and crime are not reserved for the young and middle aged.
Didn't you just see where that 70 yr. old woman killed her husband with a coffee cup? Police had been to the house for domestic disturbances a few times before the Big Event, but probably the cops were young and unlearned about the power still residing in the elderly citizenry.
We are not talking petty crimes. Or traffic violations. We are talking Crimes.
Our greatest help in covering for our crimes, should we decide to commit any, is that young people are reluctant to call us names or call us on our crap because we are old. Yell at and blame a child unjustly and people try to understand, take a swing at a teenage probable delinquent and find yourself praised, but if a young person is mean to an old person, well...that young person is just a dirt bag that deserves to go to prison ! ! ! ! !
Part of our arsenal is we can hide behind claims of memory problems....or dementia.....or side effects of our sack of pills...or unstable blood sugar....or pain that has driven us to despair and depravity. We can become mute and "childlike" in a hurry and young people are fooled. We can look hang-dog and dismal without even trying! We can whine we are lonely. "Loneliness made me do it."
AND we seldom blow the whistle on other old people. We know how hard it all is ...we cut each other slack here on the unearthly landscape we now trod....and we try not to cheer for the old criminals.
Hit him in the head with a coffee mug?