Sunday, December 23, 2007

Musings for the AARP Crowd

Has this ever happened to you? You are out in a crowd and spot someone who looks just like someone you knew from high school or college. You start remembering what you liked about him or her and then realize, gee that person hasn't aged very much. Then your brain kicks in and tells you that you have and the object of your renewed interest cannot possibly be the same person.

Last night, we saw a very good movie starring the best actor of this generation, Philip Seymour Hoffman, called "The Savages." It is about dealing with a parent suffering from dementia. And, it is pretty much a comedy in the way tragedy has to be to be meaningful at all.

Where am I going with this? Just as a setup to a story a woman told on my journalism ListServ. Enjoy, laugh, cry.

I was sitting in the waiting room for my first appointment with a new dentist. I noticed his DDS diploma, which bore his full name. Suddenly, I remembered a tall, handsome, dark-haired boy with the same name had been in my high school class 40 years ago. Could he be the same guy that I had a secret crush on, way back then?

Upon seeing him, however, I quickly discarded any such thought. This balding, gray-haired man with the deeply lined face was way too old to have been my classmate. After he examined my teeth, I asked him if he had attended Morgan Park High School . 'Yes. Yes, I did. I'm a Mustang,' he gleamed with pride.

'When did you graduate?' I asked. He answered, “In 1967. Why do you ask?”

“You were in my class!” I exclaimed.

He looked at me closely. Then, that ugly, old, bald, wrinkled, fat ass, gray-haired, decrepit son-of-a-bitch asked, “What did you teach?”

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