It would appear that when one reaches a certain age, one is bombarded with junk-mail.
Most of it is from companies eagerly trying to persuade senior citizens to take out more life insurance, join an advance payment funeral plan, install bath and stair-lifts or buy an orthopaedic bed.
They also advertise other age-related products, from reclining chairs to the latest technology in hearing aids.
An amusing one landed through my letter-box for an anti-wrinkle cream which was advertised as “the most powerful secret in history” and no doubt if one rang the order-line it was available at an exorbitant price.
That set my imagination racing. I thought that in this age where everyone seems obsessed with superficial beauty and searching for the secret of eternal youth, it cannot be long before someone invents a pill which will rejuvenate every part of the body.
Could this be a good thing or not? After some deliberation I came to the conclusion that certain modern procedures are wonderful, such as new hip and knee joints for those suffering from severe arthritis, but having reached my three score years and 10 I think I can comfortably live with the lines and wrinkles I have gathered over the years.
As we pass through different phases of our lives it seems to me that, whilst wrinkles are a sad reminder that our youthful days have long gone, they also form part of our character in old age by showing we have stood up to, and survived, the challenges life has thrown at us.
I think I will save my money and bin the advertisement for anti-wrinkle cream as there is nothing more pathetic than those women desperately trying to erase the ravages of time and who refuse to grow old gracefully.
Life does not end with the fading of physical attraction.
Susan Richardson, Westminster Crescent, Lodge Moor, Sheffield S10