pandemo (pandemo) wrote,

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On the Joys of Aging

Anyone who has NOT looked at my profile and done some elementary math might not be aware of the fact that I'm 60... Somewhat reluctantly.

But my FAMILY is well aware of it, and today seems as if that's what the familial emails are celebrating. First came this, entitled, "Do You Know Her?"

Ah, YES, she's a frequent visitor here, too... 1

Then, this one entitled "HEARTTHROB" came, with the claim to be true... so if I scoped it out, I'm sure it would be apocryphal... but delicious, anyway, so I won't let THAT stop me!

A Michigan woman and her family were vacationing in a small New England town where Paul Newman and his family often visited. One Sunday morning, the woman got up early to take a long walk. After a brisk five-mile hike, she decided to treat herself to a double-dip chocolate ice cream cone. She hopped in the car, drove to the center of the village and went straight to the combination bakery/ice cream parlor.

There was only one other patron in the store: Paul Newman, sitting at the counter having a doughnut (which lj thinks ought to be spelled either dough nut, dough-nut, which both look quite odd to me, so I won't change it...) and coffee. The woman's heart skipped a beat as her eyes made contact with those famous baby-blue eyes. The actor nodded graciously and the star-struck woman smiled demurely.

"Pull yourself together!" she chided herself silently. "You're a happily married woman with three children; you're forty-five years old, not a teenager!"

The clerk filled her order, and she took the double-dip chocolate ice cream cone in one hand and her change in the other. Then she went out the door, avoiding even a glance in Paul Newman's direction. When she reached her car, she realized that she had a handful of change - but her other hand was empty.

"Where's my ice cream cone? Did I leave it in the store?" she mumbled to herself.

Back into the shop she went, expecting to see the cone still in the clerk's hand or in a holder on the counter or something. But no ice cream cone was in sight. With that, she happened to look over at Paul Newman.

His face broking into his familiar warm, friendly grin, he said, "You put it in your purse."

(Reminds me of the "panties" story! I can easily visualize it. Just too funny for words. My family is frequently like that...)

1 Sorry, friends, if you saw that before I got the link up and running! I forgot it initially... Sort of appropriate, right? [Or rather, "That crazy old woman played with my computer, posting this before I was done with it!"]

(It only took me 30 minutes to get the anchors working so that clicking on the footnote above brought you to the bottom, and clicking on the number took you back to the spot in the post where you'd left off... Great programmer here! I'm sure someone would want to pay ME by the hour for that job!)

["She's Not There" lyrics]
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