Too Old To Win One Million Dollars
When my phone rang last week, the caller asked my name. After identifying myself, the caller said “Congratulations, you are a finalist for our one million dollar prize.” I was stunned for a moment and could not even think to ask who this caller represented. She continued. “You are between the age of 18 and 67, aren’t you?” “No”, I replied, “I am 81.” “That is too bad, I’m sorry. You don’t qualify”. Two days later I got the same call, this time from a man. The conversation ended the same way. Because of my age, I didn’t qualify.
Yesterday I received a notice from an automobile club which I have been a member of for several years. It said that because of my loyalty, they were upgrading my membership. I would be covered in any accident, be it motor vehicle, air travel , or any other means of transportation for death benefits of $357,000, payable to my spouse or other beneficiary. Then came the kicker. The upgrade only covered a person between the age of 18 and 69.
A local market is running a one million dollar sweepstakes. One can enter by mail by printing one’s name, phone number, address, and age, on a 3×5 index card. I cannot help but wonder if my entries will be thrown out because of my age.
What has one’s age got to do with anything? Am I too old and less deserving to enjoy spending a million dollars? Is my life of less value because I have managed to live a little longer? Am I of less value to society? My answer would be a definitive NO. I have lived long enough to see the world as I knew it change drastically. Yes, there are times when I feel as though I am living in an alien world. In spite of that I manage to cope and to contribute to the greater good in ways that I can. How old is too old?