Women don’t climb ladders

Women live longer than men.

Science has all the reasons why down to, well, down to a science, but I think the simple answer is because women have mastered the art of aging gracefully while men will not go quietly into the night. With men, it isn’t a matter of “I’ve still got it” it’s “I never lost it. Where’s my ladder? Those gutters need cleaning.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have it on record that unintentional injuries – i.e.: falling off ladders or, if they make it to the roof, falling off the roof – are the third leading cause of death in men. Dr. Marianne Legato, founder and director of the Foundation for Gender-Specific Medicine says you can blame that on the John Wayne Syndrome.

I’m big, I’m tough, I’m strong, I’m never going to die.

Most men will admit they’re going to die – maybe – someday – but they’ll never admit to getting old, never admit to feeling old, never shop on Senior Discount Day, never see themselves as less than the man they’ve always been … young, hunky, virile, strong as horseradish.

Did you see the movie, Moonstruck? Rose delivers the ultimate man killer to her husband, Cosmo …

I just want you to know no matter what you do, you’re gonna die, just like everybody else.

How many times have you heard a man say, “I’m not sick”? They say it because they don’t want to be sick and, if they are sick, they don’t want to know about it. My friend, Art, an old handball player and gym rat, told me just last Friday about a buddy of his who ’d been feeling “a little off” for about a year.

“And he finally asked his doctor about it.”
“And by then it was too late.”

John Wayne.

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, men are 24% less likely than women to have visited a doctor within the past year.

Here’s a story I heard about Kentucky men never getting old:

After living in the remote wilderness of Kentucky all his life, an old Hillbilly decided it was time to visit the big city. In one of the stores, he picks up a mirror and looks in it. Not ever having seen one before, he remarked at the image staring back at him, “How about that! Here’s a picture of My Daddy.”

Are you a man who’s been around for a while? Are you still with the woman you love? Do you want to be around to love her awhile longer? Get in touch with your feminine side. Get a checkup. Learn to age gracefully.

And stay off ladders.

By: William McDonald/Author/Old Friends (Endless Love)
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