★ Sassy Septuagenarians

That is a post title that is not likely to get many search hits except among that small group of Internet savvy, Google-fu wielding, sassy septuagenarians. So why use it? Well, it’s like this. I was driving to work this morning and I passed a couple of seventy-somethings in a convertible out for a nice, cool cruise. It was a beautiful morning, and I must admit my jealousy at these two elders out for a leisurely jaunt.

In the state of Pennsylvania, we only require a license plate on the back of the car for legal registration, so any plates on the front are for sheer vanity — and fun. It’s not often that I see them and when I do, it is frequently one of those bourgeois, airbrushed deals that are made at a mall kiosk.

That’s a fun word to say aloud — kiosk. Try it.

Anyhow, it was to my surprise and astonishment to see the words “Bite Me” pressed into an old style PA plate attached to the front of that convertible. The one with folks who are the same age as my grandmother.

Perhaps it is my upbringing, but I found the plate to be downright repulsive and tacky. Bite me? Really? I just don’t get it. I tried to imagine it on my grandmother’s car. Not her style.

The vanity plate reminded me of a story I recently heard about another spunky seventy year old. It’s called Carmen Agra Deedy: Spinning a story of Mama. Back in 2005, Carmen gave this talk at the TED conference.

Carmen’s talk is about the craft of storytelling, and in it she manages to spin a yarn that captivates us, enlightens us to the finer points of the spoken word, and provides us with a little bit of truth about life when it’s gone and done.

The video is ~18 minutes long so it is not a quick watch, but you need not watch, just listen. You can download it here if you want to put it on your MP3 player or save it for later.

While we are on the topic of storytelling, Dereck from I Will Not Die has a good story to tell. It will only take a few minutes of your time and the video is well worth watching.

His story, titled Who Will Be Caesar, is about a dream and achieving that dream. Dereck’s story is also still in the making, and you will have the opportunity to participate.

So take a little time out of your busy day, sit back and relax, and listen to some stories about life, love, and dreams that we never give up on. Be well.