Nothing to be Alarmed About, But...

I am officially as old as dirt. I got the black flag* yesterday at 1:25 p.m., while meeting the doctor who was filling in for my regular doctor. He was young, but then they all seem young now. His last name was common in the small town in which I grew up, so I commented on that. He said that is where his family is from. Banal chit chat, right?

But suddenly, out of left field, I realised this kid was probably the grandson of people I had gone to school with. No, wait - given the early age at which they married in that community, he could even be, is it possible, a great-grandson?

I'm 56. I'm out of the race. The body work is loose, and the bumper is definitely dragging.*
Thank God! Now maybe I can get some work done!

*Wikipedia says: The solid black flag is used to summon a driver to the pits. It is usually associated with a penalty imposed on the driver for disobeying the rules, but may also be used when a car is suffering a mechanical failure, leaking fluid, exhibiting damage such as loose bodywork, loose hood, dragging bumper, or any other damage that could potentially become a hazard to the driver or other competitors.


  1. I'm still chuckling! Even Doogie Howser isn't that young any more. Though you're still a lot younger than me! Hope your "black flag" isn't anything serious?

  2. Oh, no nothing serious at all. Just the realization that I have reached the stage where there are more people younger than me than older. Probably took me longer to figure out than most.

  3. Oh Ha! (((Heather))) I love these crone years!

  4. My heart stopped till I read yr answer to Louisa. Thought that you had some serious issue with your health: please be more careful with your words! (And yes, doctors now are much younger than me also in this part of the world, should I trust them?!?)

  5. Oh dear Blandina! Good point, I will put an extra note saying everything is all right. When I first wrote the post I used the image of a chequered flag, which is shown when the race is over, and I thought THAT would be too confusing. Oh, dear, I better stick to textiles!

  6. In the words of the English Poets "What a drag it is getting old.." ;)


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