WE DECIDED TO EAT OUT the other night and we went to a little Italian restaurant we’d only just discovered. The place opened at 4 PM and we arrived about ten minutes early. There was a little porch area in the front and, as we hurried through the rain from our car, there were about a half dozen people already waiting for it to open. A couple about 35 to 40 years of age was sitting on a bench and, the moment they spotted us approaching, they leapt to their feet and offered us the bench. Fortunately, I was able to bury my immediate reaction, which was to utter a profanity. Geez, do I look that old?! The great writer Gabriel Garcia Márquez has a scene in his ‘Memories of My Melancholy Whores’ that goes: “The truth is I’m getting old, I said. We already are old, she said with a sigh. What happens is that you don’t feel it on the inside, but from the outside everybody can see it.” That captured our experience exactly, but I am still fixated over it. My wife is 75 and I am a few months short of 80. But we rarely feel our age. Just typing our ages here, in this post, is making me feel creepy. We were 20 and 25 years old when we got married… just a few weeks ago.
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