By Ellie Behman
I was recently thinking about all the perks and bonuses we seniors are privileged to enjoy: financial planning seminars (some offer a free lunch) or guidelines for anyone interested in obtaining information on funeral arrangements. While I realize the importance of this information, it’s hard to digest food when listening to the latter topic.
My hubby Ron and I attended an estate planning seminar and the entire talk clearly removed my happy nature that day. I was hoping I could have heard at least one uplifting message letting us know that the future was not all that bleak. On the contrary, my wicked sense of humor took over as the speaker droned on and on about funerals and how we should jump at the chance of getting a great bargain then and there.
I whispered to Ron, “Forget about taking a romantic vacation. Let’s go for this funeral thing right now.” He tried so hard not to laugh as his entire body shook silently. I’m surprised we were not escorted out of the room, as everyone around us seem to be hanging onto every word this man uttered. This seminar was Ron’s idea. Purchasing coffins was not on my “to do” list.
On the brighter side, there are many advantages that we seniors are entitled to: discounts at restaurants, free screening at senior centers and certain percentages off at motels or hotels when traveling. Movies are also a bargain. Now when we occasionally go to the show we can enjoy a comfortable reclining seat in a darkened room which is the perfect setting for an afternoon snooze.
By now the reader may wonder what point I’m trying to make. Very simply, I often wish these bonuses would be offered to us much earlier in life so we could take advantage of the many perks and actually enjoy the rewards. For instance, we could eat anything at a fast food restaurant without risking heart burn; our eyes would be sharper so we could clearly enjoy God’s creation; our hearing would most likely be razor sharp and climbing stairs would be a piece of cake. I guess timing is everything. Well folks, silly as it is, that’s my point.
Ellie, a freelance writer for more than 40 years, has written more than 400 articles. She and her husband spend as much time as possible at their cabin where they enjoy the beauty of the surrounding area. This is where she accomplishes the majority of her writing, as it is the perfect, quiet setting for a writer.