Ashland, Oregon is a popular home for retirees. The place is crawling with people in their 60s, 70s, 80s…
All very friendly, their faces crinkle as they smile and say, “Hello!” The men, with belts firmly buckled around their chests, escort white-haired women downtown for dinner and the theater.
During the past week, we have walked many miles looking for the perfect neighborhood. We love it here, but sometimes I think, “There are so many old people!”
Then I see someone in their 30s and I am relieved. “Whew, there are people like me!”
I know middle age is just around the corner. But every once in awhile I get a wakeup call that puts that corner in the rear view mirror, like recently when I looked at my Taco Bell receipt.
“Senior discount,” it read.
So, when will I feel as old as I look?
Author's note: The above may be an exaggeration. Ashland is also home to more than 6,000 students at Southern Oregon University and you will see many families with children enjoying the city parks.