My parish is having their Fall Festival this weekend so instead of going through the clown Mass, I went to the octogenarian Mass at a church not far from me. Mass starts at 4:30 and lets out in time to get to the Old Country Buffet for the senior specials.*
Seriously, the church was packed with seniors and most looked to be in their 80's. Nothing wrong with that, although I kept think of the lovely Catholic people online who can't wait for them and their baby boomer kids to drop dead.
But yeah. The church was filled with old people. I was going to say old people are weird, but all people are weird - with some of us, it just becomes more apparent as we age. I noticed this one woman I thought could have been the late, great Diana Vreeland - very fashionista looking - but somehow kind of scary. She was dressed like someone much younger, and had a much younger hair style, but her face was kind of Vreeland looking.
Please don't be offended if you are sensitive about age. I've been in a strange mood since I had to euthanize my cat a few days ago - so I'm thinking of ageing and death, and death. In fact I can't stop thinking about death. Dying. Don't use euthanasia for yourself or any one else. It's very unsettling. Death is so irreversible. Ageing is too. But I digress.
Interestingly, two Dominican nuns/sisters were across the aisle from me - I only knew they were religious women because one of the bulletin-hander-outers said, "Bulletins for the nuns", as she handed them a bulletin. Then the man behind them perked up and began a conversation with one of them, I tried not to listen, but I got just about everything except their phone number. Amazing the chatter that goes on before Mass in that church. Nope, I'm not complaining - it did not prevent me from praying my rosary - it all becomes white noise if you let it. A woman passing by tried to shush her husband whispering to him "some people are trying to pray!" He answered her, "Let 'em pray - people can still pray while other people are talking - they just don't have to listen." Made sense to me.
Remember, you and I will be older too.... and then dead.
*I don't really know that, I just saw it once on Seinfeld and thought I'd use it. And no - there wasn't a clown Mass I was avoiding, just no parking near the church because of the all the rides and consessions.