When you’re in your 80s there are small triumphs, like getting the heels of your elastic stockings in the right place when you put them on. Much more attractive.) And we are largely free from anxiety. Once, 42 years ago, I lied to a journalist that I’d had my first child as a teenager: having a son of 20 had seemed so dreadfully ageing. I never got to run the company.’For his female counterpart the awareness of age will have started much earlier than 60: when she went to a party in her 40s, perhaps, and realised for the first time how the gaze of young men passed straight over her — how as an object of sexual desire she had become all but invisible. Friends, colleagues, exes and former lovers die, and with the latter, it has to be admitted, go a whole lot of regrets, shames and humiliations. And what seemed so dreadful and depressing when one was young — the obituary columns in the local paper: old Ada, 94, peacefully, with her loving children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren at her bedside — now seems almost attractive.Of course, once you have children — I’ve got four sons — you can never be totally free of worry for them: but largely by our 80s we’ve stopped fretting, and thus worrying them with our worry. He’ll look back on his life and be aware of what he has achieved, rather than living as a younger man does, forever trying to ward off the knowledge of a failed ambition: ‘I never became a rock star . I don’t believe in a heaven after we die, not the traditional kind with angels and harps, anyway — but I find it hard to believe we just stop.He stood in the center of the stage solo and sang the song while playing the […] Taylor Swift may have moved on to pop music, but that did not stop her from winning Song of the Year for writing Little Big Town’s “Better Man” at the 2017 CMAs.The “Look What You Made Me Do” singer, 27, posted a video watching the award ceremony at Saturday Night Live rehearsals that featured […] Wait a minute, does this mean Sugarland is back?
Teresa Giudice largely stayed out of the […] Maybe next time he’ll think before he tweets!I called my eldest son on the phone this week to wish him a happy birthday. And if I’m wrong I’ll know nothing about it anyway, so what’s to worry?