Sunday, March 22, 2015

Older, wiser and a lot more fun.

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? 

13 comments:

  1. Life can be more fun as you get older but unfortunately some people also suffer with illnesses or conditions (such as arthritis) which make getting older not fun. But I agree that people tend to be more adventurous. Driving an ATV and a jeep through rugged territory on our Alaska trip, last summer were two things we might not have done when we were younger

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    1. Alaska sounds like a wonderful adventure!

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  2. My mother is getting more adventurous as she ages.

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    1. No I'm not. Don't listen to my daughter. I'm just the same as I always was. And I'm not old.

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    2. I think Edna could have a meaningful conversation with Hazel!

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  3. It can be fun, but then illness can weigh you down. I know as I have gotten older I am more confident and do things I never would have done when I was younger. I am looking forward to Sticky Situation! I just love this series!

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    1. Thanks for your kind words about the series, Kristina! I really appreciate hearing from readers!

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  4. I am not sure if we get more adventurous as we get older or if we just dont care, lol. I know I dont!! I have to say I just love, love, love this series!! I always get some serious chuckles out of them and the writing is amazing. Cant wait for this one!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Kay! It is so delightful to hear that you enjoy the Sugar Grove books!

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  5. I don't think I am more adventurous. I am content to read about your adventures, though! Keep them coming!

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    1. Reading is a sort of adventuring too, don't you think? Armchair adventures are amongst my favorite kind!

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  6. I think I've gotten a bit more adventurous the older I've gotten. Though I'm only in my 30s, I feel like I'm more capable of doing things and I'm more confident in myself as a person, which lets me trust my instincts better.

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    1. I think a lot of people have the same experience, Brooke. I know I have and so has the Sugar Grove protagonist Dani Greene. Self-confidence and listening to one's own internal navigation system seem to me to go hand-in-hand. Here's to adventures for us all!

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