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If you’ve never gone through a pregnancy, the title of this blog post may not sound familiar. But for those of us who have had children, I’m sure most of us at least heard of, if we didn’t actually read, The Girlfriends’ Guide to Pregnancy. There are a few other Girlfriend Guides now. An expected addition: The Girlfriends’ Guide to Surviving the First Year of Motherhood. The books were supposed to deliver the “dirty truth” about pregnancy or as the subtitle says, “Things your doctor won’t tell you.” When I saw this Washington Post story about a new book coming out, I immediately thought the description sounded like the subtitle could be “Girlfriend’s Guide to Old Age”. And what a welcome read it is for me as I approach 50: Aging: An Apprenticeship.
The book’s premise is genius and so very needed. And the contributors are amazing. Judy Blume taught me how to grow up and now she can give me some advice on aging! I personally can’t wait to read it. And right now, it is free if you Join Amazon Kindle Unlimited 30-Day Free Trial!
Aging seems to mainly be dealt with in commercials. We have the menopause commercials, well covered by this NY Times article. We have the phone commercials, where people over 55 or 60 can’t figure out how to work iPhones so they need special, simple phones. We have media portrayals of frail and confused older people. Or we have media portrayals of older women playing younger women because who wants to REALLY be 50 or 60 years old? Or, we just don’t see older women much at all. That’s one reason I love Hallmark Movies and Mysteries channel. They have numerous older men and women on their channel. None of them are frail or confused.
So, I look forward to reading this book and seeing what lessons I can learn as I enter my apprenticeship next year. Anyone want to join me and have a conversation later?