© John Denney 5 May 2005
Shake, Rattle and Roll
My carís developed a nasty noise.† It got through its MOT with flying colours the other day.† But it sort of creaks when itís parked on a slope and you get in or out.† The carís not so new as it used to be.† My knowledgeable pals say that itís my bushes.† I thought they were green things that grew in your garden, but Iíll have to believe Ďem, Ďcause I havenít got a clue about cars.† Check the oil, blow up the tyres, and fill up with windscreen washer fluid and petrol: thatís about my limit.
Iíve developed a few nasty rattles myself.† Thereís a loud crack from my knee regions sometimes when I stand up.† And I can feel a certain creaking when I stretch up to get something from an upper shelf.† A couple of years ago I triggered a bout of tennis elbow when I tugged one of those little polythene fruit bags out of the rack in the supermarket.† Maybe I need an MOT!† But at least I have the satisfaction of seeing that my knowledgeable pals are no less decrepit than I am.
Thereís no getting away from it.† Everyoneís older than they used to be.† Some people spend fortunes trying to deny that fact.† I saw a small jar of anti-wrinkle cream on sale in a chemistís the other day.† For sixty quid!† And more and more people are paying good money for cosmetic surgery that they think will make them look younger, at least for a year or two.
Maybe one of the reasons for the cosmetic surgery industry is that in Britain and the prosperous West, everythingís geared up to young people.† In the rest of the world but not here, it seems, the elders of the village or the tribe or the nation are accorded great respect for their knowledge, experience and wisdom.† Old age is something looked forward to, a desirable state to be reached one day.
Thatís why the apostle Paul wrote this in the Bible:† Children, do what your parents tell you. This is only right. "Honour your father and mother" is the first commandment that has a promise attached to it, namely, "so you will live well and have a long life."† But thereís something he adds: Fathers, don't exasperate your children by coming down hard on them. Take them by the hand and lead them in the way of the Master.