There’s an older lady in my tap class, the totally awesome and amazing Frances.

Last night we got to chatting and it turns out that Frances is 72!

And, she only started tapping five years ago! Picking up a new skill, a physical one, at age 67!

Plus, I see her at the pool every Friday morning when I take Little Miss Sunshine for her swim lesson, because she also swims every morning with her husband.

I think it’s safe to say that Frances is more than up for a trip to Disneyworld with any one of her SEVEN grandchildren.

I’m thinking of starting some sort of public awareness campaign. What do you think of this:

“Old people. Not as decrepit as you may think!”

On second thought, I better not. If Frances finds out about it, she’ll kick my ass!

15 thoughts on “Frances

  1. J.

    Frances would be an excited Walt Disney partner. She’d be able to keep up with those little rug rats the whole time

  2. fame_throwa

    Mr. Chatty’s parents are in their 70s, and it’s crazy what they do: long bike rides, hiking mountains in Quebec, swimming, dance classes, aerobics… they’re more active than I am!

  3. Maybe we could just start a group called “Lets stay active so we can live to play with our grandkids” or something like that. Actually lets name it “Frances, I wanna be like you” and follow her around.

  4. My dad turns 71 this year and as soon as the snow melts in southern Ontario he’ll be back to his regular routine of going out for 3 or 4 several-hour bike rides a week. He keeps a record of all his cycling outings and it’s amazing the number of kilometers he clocks by the time the winter weather returns in the Fall. His athleticism totally puts me to shame.

  5. MrsCarlSagan

    MrCarlSagan’s mom is 74 and you would think she’s 20 years younger. She’s really active both socially and physically – golfing, hiking, dancing…she’s got a ton of energy. Puts me to shame.

  6. Am I a total dunce (ha, I almost wrote “dooce”, but Heather B. Armstrong I am not!), or is there not an option to subscribe to your blog through google reader?? Help me out!

  7. Hi Amy, nice to meet you! On the front page (actually I think on pages that show one post, too), on the right you’ll see a title that says “Feeds.” Under that you can click on “Entries” and it takes you to some sort of weird form that should allow you to subscribe.

    Or you can just load your google reader and say “add a subscription” and type in my url:

    I just tried it, and it worked for me!

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    Just to show it who is boss.

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  8. Dude, where do you take tap lessons?

    Also I want to meet her. Like Ed who put the kick in kickboxing at 74. (Post Heart attack.

  9. Like Nat, I was floored at you taking tap… I’m glad you’re getting so many great senior role models so you don’t worry about getting old and decrepit so much.

  10. I love tap dancing! I’ve been tapping on and off since I was five years old. I also used to do highland dancing before the knees gave up the ghost.

    Now I take lessons from the best teacher I’ve ever had, Sheila Defalco:

    She mostly offers classes for adults, which are hard to find in this city, and she is a kick-ass choreographer, always giving me something new and challenging. She has three levels of adult tap — beginner, my class (which is for “mature” ladies with some experience), and an advanced class for really athletic younger women.

    We’re always looking to recruit more members for our class because it’s always in danger of cancellation, because it’s so small. So if you want to tap, come on out!

  11. ozma

    I don’t think it’s all in the head–that aging is all in the head. But it is interesting that 70 just isn’t old anymore…really. Like today’s 60 year olds have a different way of thinking of themselves and since baby boomers rule the world they are going to make damn sure everyone thinks about them that way as well.

    Mick Jagger is over 60.

    So it is a little bit in the head. I do think some shit just happens to your body but I approve of this social change–not limiting people by their age.

  12. xyx2

    I’m seriously considering signing up for tap lessons. Used to love tap classes when I was younger, and I’ve been wanting to try it again.

    And it would be one small step towards being a Frances when I’m older!

  13. isn’t it interesting how all these wonderful people in the octogenarian years have such vive and vigor? It’s because they have no kids at home!! So there is hope for us yet, in 20 years from now when the kids are gone, that’s when we will get the time and energy to take the 4 ours biek rides, do highland dancing and try our hand in a painting class. To our retirement years!

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