Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Geezer = Curmudgeon?
Perhaps when you exceed ninety years of age you have the right to become a curmudgeon. Recently Andy Rooney retired from a regular appearance on the television show 60 Minutes. He certainly qualifies as a geezer at 92 and is certainly crusty. To a degree I would have to also classify him as a curmudgeon. Often in his opinion pieces he revealed an ill-temper about many things. His complaints sometimes revealed an irascible nature that could be endearing but at other times irritating. He clearly demands to be left alone in public and I expect anyone approaching him for an autograph would suffer his wrath.
When one points a finger at someone else, there are three fingers pointing back at oneself. I shall be careful about who I call a curmudgeon and if complaining too often is curmudgeonly I promise to mend my ways. Meanwhile, I am thankful for my geezer friends in their nineties who are as kind and cheerful as anyone I encounter.
In conclusion, I am glad I have a curmudgeon monitor in my dear wife. Her gentle chiding will keep me on the straight and narrow.