A short while ago the following conversation took place between me and MOH:
MOH "Meant to tell you that James Arness (of Gunsmoke fame) has died"
ME "Oh right, how old was he?"
MOH "He was 88"
ME "Oh, not that old then!!"
What??? The man WAS 88. Strange thing though when you yourself are approaching the 80 mark and MOH is already 81 that 88 doesn't seem all that old at all. I guess when I was about 50 I'd have said "Oh well, he's had a good innings" and left it at that.
Perhaps we all consider ourselves immortal but underneath know we are not and thus my reaction.
I am not sure if others will see the humour in the above but it did strike me as really very funny. I am just so glad MOH and I could both laugh about it. You have to laugh or otherwise at times you might shed a few tears instead and that would never do.