Pickles in Real Life

Certain books, cartoons, and jokes, though understood on some level by people of all ages, are understood at a deeper level by people who can relate to them.  Take the cartoon Pickles, for instance.  It is about the day-to-day lives of an older couple, and it is replete with old-people jokes which are hilarious to people “of an age” who can relate to them big-time.  A few weeks ago, for example, my husband and I drove up to Richmond and met my brother and sister-in-law at an upscale outdoor mall. We were in Crate and Barrel, a store all four of us enjoy,  and had been walking around the furniture section for awhile when K said, “Where’s my shopping bag (from a store we had visited previously)?”  She looked at my brother and said, “Do you have my bag?”  My brother didn’t know what she was talking about and threw up his empty hands.  My sister-in-law started to panic.  I recognized the frantic look on her face because it has been on mine many times before.  She was just about to start retracing our steps when I noticed a shopping bag hanging from her shoulder.  “You mean this bag, K?”  Case solved.  Could be the next Pickles comic.

To end our outing, as we were leaving the Body Shop with some samples of lotion, my sister-in-law started reading the package aloud:  “Use at first signs of aging.”  We looked at each other and screamed, “Too late!”

Note to writers of old-people jokes and cartoons:  Feel free to use these real-life scenarios.

About Coming East

I am a writer, wife, mother, and grandmother who thinks you're never too old until you're dead. My inspiration is Grandma Moses who became a successful artist in her late 70's. If I don't do something pretty soon, though, I'll have to find someone older for inspiration.
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5 Responses to Pickles in Real Life

  1. oldereyes says:

    When I was in my fifties, I was swimming regularly at the YMCA at lunch. I’d get up in the am, grab my Navy blue Speedo from the laundry basket and wrap it in my towel. One day we were all changing in the dressing room and I shook out my towel to get my bathing suit. Out fell a pair of my wife’s black lace panties. The guys dared me to swim in them but I took the day off. So, you see, I started my Pickles behavior early.

  2. I already search high and low for my shades and my son will point out that they’re on top of my head!

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