By: Hazel Greene
Book: A Sticky Situation
Author: Jessie Crockett
Series: The Sugar Grove Mysteries
Every year just about this time, no matter where I am, I drop everything and head home for the Sugar Grove Maple Festival. Since the year the festival started I've never missed even once. This year I decided to show up a little early and surprise the family by spending a little extra time with them.
The only problem is, that while I love my family and I love being back in New Hampshire, I get a little itchy for some action. People seem to think that there's an age limit on adventure. Just because I'm in my eighties doesn't mean that I've lost my edge, that I can't be counted on to cook up some fun. I consider myself an ambassador of sorts. By joyriding in my niece Dani's car, with a sweet young fella I picked up at the convenience store or leading a bikini clad toboggan team down Main St, right through traffic, I make people reconsider what it means to be a senior citizen.
I have noticed that the family isn't always pleased with my efforts. Dani, especially, seems pained when I get one of my brilliant ideas. She still isn't speaking to me after I filled in for her on a date with that fine looking game warden she's been keeping company with. I tried to tell her she had nothing to worry about. Despite my very best efforts, which are considerable, if I do say so myself, her guy disappointingly persisted in being a perfect gentleman. If he hadn't been, lunch would have been far more entertaining and Dani would have found out what he was made of before she got too attached to the guy.
In light of the misunderstanding with Dani and a spot of trouble I've had with the local police I've decided to search somewhere else for a bit of fun. After all, what's the good of being older and wiser if you don't put it to good use? It seems to me if I get going right away, I can take off on a skydiving trip and still be back in time for the festival.
Readers, do you think life gets to be more fun as people age? Are you more adventurous as the years go on?