And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. ~ Kahlil Gibran

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Things I really shouldn't think about

Today, while sitting with the elderly woman I care for on my weekends off, I started thinking:

When I get older, would it be better to lose my physical health and maintain a sharp mind? or would it be better to have my mental faculties go AWOL and be physically in good shape?

See, the lady I take care of has terrible memorie loss. I don't know if it is Alzheimer's or just age induced dementia, but it is pretty extreme. She alternately gets moody because she is "losing her mind" and gets frightened and confused because she can't understand what is going on around her and doesn't remember who people are.

On the other hand, I once cared for a gentleman who was mentally sharp as a tack, but had lost his sight to a degenerative disorder. This left him unable to keep up with any of his hobbies, and put him into a major depression.

Basically, I shouldn't think about these things, because I just end up deciding that it is best to die young and not have to worry about any of it.

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While I am being all depressing (see why I haven't been posting much lately?), I just have to piss and moan about Mr. Barefoot for a moment. Now, normally I don't mind that we have differing opinions about music and film. However, as I speak he is going through all the music files on the computer, listening to about 5 seconds of each song, and deciding if he wants to keep it or not (he copied my music from the main 'puter to his new laptop). I am about ready to throw him and the laptop out the window. I love every song I have (all 5,000,000 of them), and to hear him arbitrarily dump songs after such a short listen is killing me. So is listening to the first 2 seconds of the song, then 3 seconds of the 3rd verse, then the little "bloop" that the computer makes when it asks if you really want to delete the selected song. OMG. The man has no respect! And he calls himself a musician!!!!!

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Okay, I think I am better now.


Catty Ax Lady said...

I think I shouldn't have come to read this post. I can't imagine any of the above (physical deterioration, mental deterioration, or dying young). So we'll just skip right over that part.

BBM does the same thing, only he does it to "get" one part of a song he's trying to learn to play. Drives. Me. Batty.

Thanks SO MUCH for your comment on my blog...I'm feeling whale-ish already after reading it. And to think...I'm usually unbearably hot in the summer anyway. I really truly appreciate your honesty....kind of...

molly said...

OMG, I cracked up at that post, my hubby and I have VERY different tastes, he listens to hard rock, I am more into country, blues, 50's-60's, I just tell him Canucks have no taste (He's Canadian)and they have to come to Aussie to find out what REAL music is! LOL!


barefoot gardener said...

Sorry, I wasn't thinking about your hormones.

And sorry about my comment over at your place. I meant it to be funny, but was in a bad place when I wrote it, so I guess I missed the mark. Forgive me?

I totally know what you mean about listening to one little part of the song over and over and OVER just so the musician can figure out that one little bit. OMG!!! Since hubby is a drummer, I get it accompanied by him banging on the chair cushions, table, and whatever else is handy. AAARRRRGGGHHH!

I think men as a rule just have bad taste in music.

Kati said...

LOL The "Men, as a rule, have bad taste in music" is OOOOoooooh so true!!!! Kenny G is coming up for a Concert here in town, and DH doesn't even want to go with me!!! (Not that I know where I'm going to find the money for tickets, but....)

My hubby drives me nuts when he'll pop a cd in the car-sterio, then listen to one or two songs (skipping the songs in between) before having me dig out another cd and do it all over again. I think he'd be a great candidate for an MP3 player, though it'd be better if he didn't listen to ONLY country, metal, and rap. I mean, I can't stand rap, and the country & metal need to be interspersed with other music types (celtic, classical, pop, and easy-listening) to be truly enjoyed.

As for the other question, I'd rather lose physical ability but maintain mental ability. At least, even being invalid, there are audio-books & radio programs and good music to listen to, should I ever lose my eyesight to such a degree and there aren't intelligent people to converse with frequently. Though I also hope that I never lose the ability to crochet (at worst, even a large hook & a thick yarn would still be something to keep my hands busy).