Can I borrow your elderly person?

Can I borrow your elderly person?

Anonymous, 27

Studies in Britain ---in places all over the world, really--- conclude that elderly people are lonely. Well, I’m lonely without my elderly people. 

I see other people’s elderly people, or more specifically, people I assume are other people’s elderly people, all over the place. I see other people’s grans and nans, their grandads and Pa’s. I borrow them, sometimes, in my mind. I think about if they were my elderly people, if mine hadn’t left yet. We walk in step for a while, me and other people’s elderly people. On my way to work, or down the aisles of shops selling food or books. This isn’t a picture of my grandad. Maybe he’s yours? Or yours? 

At 27, I’m one of millions comprising the massive sociological phenomenon of adults not getting to be adults ---yet. The big life things are being pushed down the road ---graduation, home ownership, marriage, children--- and more and more we do those things without our elderly people. Because they can’t wait for us, and we can’t speed up for them. 

So, sometimes, I borrow your elderly people. I hope that’s okay. I pretend they are my elderly people, and I hope that they are proud.