|Avo Theater in Vista, California: source|
Sitting in a darkened theater as actors unfolded the plot, Susan realized that she may be the youngest person in the small local theater. If 61 years can be considered young, then she definitely was.
The high pitch of hearing aids and occasional stage whispers what-did-that-man-say-I-can’t-understand-any-of-this reminded Susan that age is relative.
It reminded her that walkers and hearing aids do not an old person make. Yes, creaking joints, arthritic fingers, and sagging skin are darn good indicators. But, it is what happens in the brain that makes a difference.
The fact that the theater was full of elderly people who got there on their own power and who laughed at the right times (mostly) says a lot. The fact that groups of widows talked about going out to dinner afterwards says life goes on. The fact that the husband & wife couples still held hands says more.
All in all, Susan felt like a teenager.