Something occurred to me around the time of the Super Bowl. At what point are we proud to be old? I got thinking about it when I saw Betty White all over the place. We all know her from The Golden Girls but that was 20ish years ago. She’s been in many things – just check out her IMDB profile… Recently she was in the movie The Proposal with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds. She won a Lifetime Achievement Award at the SAG Awards. (The press release from them was awesome!!) Then she was in the Snicker’s commercial during the Super Bowl. Next I was asked to join (back then it was still join – instead of “like”) the Betty White to Host SNL (Please?)! fan page on Facebook.
After it was confirmed that Betty White will be hosting SNL, Larry King had her on his show Larry King Live for an interview. (March 17, 2010) Larry made a comment that Betty was 88 years young. He said when you get to be that age you’re proud to say it. Betty replied that she didn’t know where the breaking point was. “at first you try to hide it and then you begin to brag about it. Now I’m to the point of hello, I’m Betty White, I’m 88.”
KING: How do you explain your longevity?
WHITE: Sheer, blind luck. I’m the luckiest old broad that ever drew breath.
KING: Just luck?
KING: No talent?WHITE: Well, I mean I think – I think the reason for the longevity is that people have generations – several generations have – have gotten to know me over the years. So I’ve become sort of part of a – you know, you have relatives that you’re not thrilled with – sort of part of the family.
Later in the interview Larry asked her about her age again:
KING: Did you ever think you would be 88? Or you don’t think about it?
White: I think I learned at my mother’s knee, we never thought age. Everybody else is so age conscious. You go for a long time – no, not wanting anybody to know how old you are. And then you pass a breaking point. I can’t tell you where that comes, where then you brag about it. I don’t think – it’s my health and my energy that I’m so blessed with and so grateful for, that I’m busy being grateful for that, rather than worrying about how old I am.
I got a good laugh when Larry asked her about if she got “romantic urges” and then later said “Last night was terrific, right?” and then about a month later he and his wife are separated….
This weekend is what 509,240 (at the time I’m writing this) fans of the Betty White to Host SNL (Please?)! page have been waiting for. This Saturday night May 8th Betty White WILL be hosting Saturday Night Live. I’m planning to set my DVR for it, but I’m also hoping to be able to watch it live from my hotel room while I’m on vacation.
I wish I knew at what point we’re supposed to go from “29 and holding” to being proud of our age. I asked my Mother when she noticed it in my Grandmother and she thought it was sometime in her 80’s. It’s almost as if she was thinking “I’m proud to be 97, I’ve outlived all those other people!”
Have you ever thought about this? Do you see it with some of the older people in your life?
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