My grandson is in a program at school that mixes social issues and robotics. The kids (7th and 8th graders) look at some issue in society, research it, and propose a form or method of improvement. This year they're studying the problems faced by seniors. I discovered this when my grandson asked if I'd be willing to be interviewed by the group, since I'm OLD.
After I finished smacking him around, I agreed and yesterday was my day to meet for a little Q & A.
Some of the questions were what I expected... What are some problems I'm facing now that I'm older? Are there things I have difficulty doing? Are there places I like to go that I can't get around in any more?
But there were questions I didn't expect. And some of them gave me pause.
What did I like to do or where did I like to go as a kid that isn't around anymore?
What do I think of teenagers? (I loved that they asked that question.)
Am I more afraid of things now or less?
Is life easier or harder?
What do I miss most?
It was harder to answer some of these than I thought it would be. What would you have said?
Thanks to everyone who played along. Just about everyone got Arnold and Buzz. Most of you got 1984. But only a few remember the Fonz (Heyyyy) and Laugh In (sock it to me, sock it to me)
What or who first made these catch-phrases famous?
1 - I'll be back.
The Terminator, played by Arnold Schwarzenneger in the 1984 film.
2 - Correctomundo
Fonzie/The Fonz/Arthur Fonzarelli, played by Henry Winkler in the 1970's-80's TV comedy Happy Days.
3 - Big Brother (is watching you..)
1984 - In the dark futuristic novel by George Orwell, published in 1949, the phrase appeared in the description of a government poster, in part 1, chapter 1.
4 - You bet your sweet bippy.
Rowan and Martin's Laugh-in, 1960's-70's TV comedy series, in which numerous guests used the phrase and variations of it.
5- To infinity, and beyond.
Buzz Lightyear, voice by Tim Allen, in the 1995 film animation Toy Story.
Quote of the Day:
You can't help getting older, but you don't have to get old. ~ George Burns