The Geezer Dome
Tags: Aging, art of the overlooked, Bubble Wrap Art, NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS, NFL Championship games, Photography, Social Security, surface of bubble, the invisible people, the Red Zone, turnng 65 holy mother of god, Women and Aging
Today, the NFL championship games take place. I have no dog in this hunt as the New England Patriots are currently “rebuilding” their former championship status.
Me? I’m trying to do my own rebuilding.
Welcome to the surface of bubble wrap. Some folks like to pop their bubbles–I like to photograph them.
A pattern is emerging here, I’ve noticed. This past month, the first month of the new year, the new decade, I’ve been photographing useful objects around the house that are often taken for granted or even tossed out when their usefulness is over.
Small hand tools. Vegetables. Now, bubble wrap.
What is going on here?
I’m thinking it’s my 65th birthday coming up in February. Oh, and if you want to retain your limbs, don’t be telling me it’s just a number.
This isn’t a ‘you are as old as you feel’ moment. This is an honest-to-god society looks-at-you-as-a-geezer moment AND this turnstile leads only in one direction. You can go on a cruise or climb K2 if you are able and want to, but infinity is no longer a biological defense against nature. High seas? High altitudes? Nope. I’m more interested in journeying to states that legally approve the use of marijuana for medical purposes.
If I wanted to forget this birthday, I couldn’t.
My mailbox on a daily basis has another reminder. Medicare. Medigap insurers. Social Security. I know the US post office is in trouble financially but it’s not because of my age group.
As I have poured my creative efforts into revealing a hidden beauty in those things we often overlook in our lives, I have filled out forms, talked to 800 lines, received my Medicare A & B card, my Blue Cross Blue Shield Medex card, and countless lesser but unmistakable confirmations of geezer status.
I’m not kidding–if Obama wants to reorganize his political team, I suggest taking some folks from the Social Security Administration.
This is yet another ongoing series. The Art of the Overlooked, and, of course, I’ve realized along the way that it is my usefulness and value that I am looking for as I scan vegetables, old hand tools, bubble wrap.
Well known to those of us who are female and over 50, a cultural invisibility comes with the territory. Some women try to surgically make themselves visible again but to those who wait without the scapel, when we reach 65? Miracle. We are once again visible.
That’s the good and bad news.
Our individual visibility is now as a group herded into The Geezer Dome and while I’m going to try to get out of the stadium occasionally, most of the time, I’ll probably be trying to get into that red zone all those NFL analysts palaver about, but so far?
I’m not exaggerating one bit when I tell you that this artificial turf is bad on the knees.
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