Sunday, September 20, 2015


I had a milestone event this week. While flipping through the mail Thursday, I noticed an official-looking letter from the government. Pulling the Swiss Army knife from my pocket, I slit the top edge open with the small razor-sharp blade.

It took me a second to realize it was my Medicare card. Not an offer, not information, but the actual card.

This can't be right! I thought. I'm not old enough for one of these. Stepping over to the couch, I sat for a moment to let the information sink in. As I sat, my knees squeaked slightly. Dang, I am old enough.

I'd been kicking around ideas for my column this coming Sunday, but when the card arrived in the mail, I knew without a doubt what the topic would be. Stay tuned.

Fallen sumac branch on the walking path this morning.


  1. I smile, my friend.
    I received my red, white, and blue card in the mail in August.
    I thought the same thing as you. "This can't be right."
    We are as young as we feel, Rick.
    Yep. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it!

    1. Anonymous8:08 PM

      My problem is that sometimes I feel 36, & sometimes 136--but I guess that's what happens when you're 80!!

  2. My bones have creaked for a few years now as long as the mind doesn't whisper "where am I", you'll be aok:)

  3. WElcome aboard! The ship rides easy.

    I know it is a surprise, but the kids at the registers and service stations have known that you are old for years. LOL And now everyone will know that Jilda is married to an OLD MAN!
    See I can joke, my card is wallet worn..
    YOu always find some neat color. Now drink your prune juice and go to bed.

    ;-), all is well with the world.

  4. Yup ... mine arrived earlier this year. For a moment, I thought they must have me mixed up with my mother.

  5. Best advice I got upon receiving my card last year came from a dear 78 year-old friend: Laminate it.

    1. P.s.: Second best, but still important, advice is now that your soc.sec. # is used for every medical and pharmacy visit, add a password to any bank or credit union account that called for it back when things were safer --also request a pin number from IRS or H&R Block or whoever does your taxes. I learned the hard way; hope you don't. Welcome to senior citizenship!

  6. It is a shock to realize that particular milestone has been reached. Don't take it too hard. Nothing has changed except that you now have that card.

  7. It does seem a major mile maker when you see that card arrive, but for me the years that have followed that point in my life have been wonderful.

  8. You might be old and creaky but at least you're still handsome. Glad you got your card. Now maybe you'll qualify for Senior Discount in many places. That's a good thing.
    Have a great day.

  9. The time is fast approaching when I'll be getting my card.

  10. How old does one have to be to get the Medicare card, here in Australia everyone has a Medicare card from the cradle to the grave


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