One of my old friends invited me to lunch sometime in the next several weeks.
I say “old” because we have known each other for 35 years and because she just turned 70.
According to AARP, we are part of the “young-old, ” that is, those of us from ages 65-75. The “old-old” are 85-95.
After 95, AARP doesn’t seem to have a designation but I would say Decrepit.
Please don’t be mad at me because I, like many of my friends, are in the young-old category and working my way down to decrepitude.
Our email thread was something to behold, sort of like a first kiss that went awry. You know: he kept his lips closed and you went in open mouthed. Or he tried to French-kiss you and you turned away, so his tongue hit your cheek. That type of “something to behold.”
I will confess that for my part, I was not on my computer but rather on my iPad, hunting and pecking a note. I was also at the beach with a glass of wine. There! That’s my excuse.
I suspect that my friend (whom I will call Ipanema to preserve her anonymity) was also on her tablet or phone in her responses to mine. She doesn’t drink, so who knows?
Here’s how it went:
Ipanema: Know your birthday is either coming up or just past Wanted to wish you the best and thank you again for coming to my 70th If you are in town would love to take you out to lunch this coming week Aside from a dentist Appt on Monday I am free
Cheri: Thanks so much.
My birthday was October 9.
Just in time for it, I fell off my bed doing a stretch and fractured my toe along with dislocating it. It was sticking out like your husband’s little finger.
Had it reset twice without anesthetic.
Anyway, in a boot.
Ipanema: (Several weeks later): Any ideas on date and time for lunch?
Cheri: Are you available on Thursday, November 3?
Ipanema: November 3rd will work. The next day, Friday, I’ll be headed to my son’s for a weekend of babysitting. They are traveling to Austin. Actually they’re only coming back on Tuesday so Ill probably be trying to catch up on sleep, the rest of that week. Let me know what time and where on the3rd!!
Cheri: Friday or Thursday? 2nd or 3rd?
Ipanema: Sorry you said Thursday Nov3 and I didn’t check I knew I had to be at my son’s on Friday so I assumed that would be the 4th Yeah Thursday the 2nd will work
Cheri:You are right. I am available both days. Let me know which one is best for youand it will be a date!
Ipanema: Ok Thursday the 2nd at 12:30 Elephant Bar? or any other restaurant you chose!!
Cheri: Ok . Elephant Bar has closed.How about the crepe place in the Raley’s shopping center? Petite Crepe or something like that…Thursday November 2 at 12:30. I will email you to confirm.
Ipanema: Oh Cheri promise you won’t write a blog about this email thread ,but it is hysterical Had no idea Elephant Bar had closed and I am in that neighborhood quite often because of my mom! Okay, crepe place it is Thurs. Nov2 12:30pm
Shall we synchronize our watches? Oh I forgot No one wears watches any more.