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Dear Advertising Agencies:

If I see ONE MORE advertisment treating Senior Citizens like Village Idiots, I'm going to sue for defamation of character!

Losing your hair, teeth and most of all mind, are NOT subject to derision and comic relief at our expense. Altzheimers disease funny? Loose dentures a riot? I think not!

While I'm on the subject, this is also directed at the TV networks who think it imperative to show at least one addlepated oldster doing and saying ridiculous things, especially on prime time family shows when young people are watching. I'm a comedy lover, just like the rest of you, but it boggles my mind at the picture we are projecting of my generation.

Need I remind you that we are the backbone of this country and the world. Our generation and the ones before us, sent our husbands, fathers and sons to foreign lands to preserve what you enjoy today! All tribute to today's gallant troops fighting in Iraq, but we had no choice as to who would go and I might add...we went proudly to defend our freedom.

We parents and grandparents, sacrificed everythng we had so that your lives would have all the advantages that we did not. In many cases, college educations were put on hold or abandoned completely so we could earn the money to educate YOU. We lived through the great depression, were happy to wear hand me downs (sorry, no designer jeans I'm afraid or computers or plasma TV etc.)
We walked to school in many cases, and were required to complete our chores before taking time for ourselves.

SOOO! The next time you encounter us slowly wending our way (or trying to) across the street, don't honk or swear or nearly knock us down in your rush to wherever.

You know, we may be getting slower, physical beauty may have deserted some of us, we may have our moments of forgetting where we put our keysetc., but we are significant, relevant human beings, unworthy of the farcical, undignified and in some cases, cruel portraits you have painted of us.

There is only one bright spot in all of this...revenge is the sweetest thing...someday, YOU WILL BE US!

Eagerly anticipating that day, I remain,

Sincerely yours,

Grandma Bea

Grandma Bea

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The following comments are for "A Letter From Grandma"
by Beatrice Boyle

Senior Citizens
After reading you article, I must say being the focus for everybodies jokes is not funny, and I apreciate your point of view. I am nearly there myself so I had better be careful what I say.

I was once told that there are no jokes that don't feed on the ill fortune of somebody or something and find this practically true. While this is true, I am sure Irishmen get sick of Irish jokes as do the Welsh, blonds, and any other vunerable minority who takes a pasting.

It seems to be a matter of good taste and how the jokes are delivered. However, some parts of life are so painful that we need to joke about them to survive. Again I must stress that at one time 'stoning' was acceptable now it certainly is not!

An excellent write

Thank you for another insight inyo your mind.

( Posted by: ivordavies [Member] On: May 5, 2004 )

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