Posts Tagged ‘AARP’

This week’s guest post is by¬†Susan Joakim. ūüôā¬†
John turned 50 this past June.  It was really an uneventful birthday for him.  He shared that 49 was the birthday that made him feel like he was growing older, so turning 50 was a piece of cake.

So I’m at Hannaford¬†getting some vitamins when I notice that there is a vitamin for “Men 50+”.¬† I buy it for John.¬† When I get home John tells me he’d rather have the stuff for younger guys.¬† I said, “Well, maybe this will make you feel like the younger guys.”¬† Then I compare his new 50+ vitamins with my women’s one a day.¬† Interesting – but according to the label they have all the same vitamins and minerals at the same amount.¬† What does that mean?¬† Maybe 50+ men feel better when they are more like 50+ women?¬† I don’t know for sure, but some weird twist of fate is sure to come out of these vitamins.

One of the first things John did when he turned 50 was join AARP.¬† Oh glory.¬† A few weeks later the AARP magazine shows up with none other than Sharon Stone on the cover.¬† Great, just what my 50+ husband needs, a magazine that shows all the things his own wife isn’t.¬† Ug.¬† But wait, on the cover are these headings, see the pictures below, and I’m wondering what in the world is this all about – what kind of message is AARP saying – Please, our flirting days are way over – where are all the headings about colon cancer and constipation that I expected???

But I do have to give AARP credit, they did recommend one of my favorite movies as a ‘must see’; The First Grader.¬† And for recommended reading they by-passed all the ‘look 10 years younger’ or ‘money suggestion so you can retire’ type of books and suggest that 50+ adults read books such as NEWBERY books written for young adults – Okay another one of my favorite things….so the magazine isn’t all that bad, just rip off the cover and select which articles are worth reading.

As for turning 50, well John still acts like he’s in junior high, as his daughters constantly remind him, and he’s as handsome as ever, so I guess he’s setting a pretty good example for me three birthdays from now.

Thanks, Susan!!!

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