Friday, 7 November 2008

Giving up at 80???

What a shock it has been in these last few weeks to find that my blogging has become the subject of publicity, first in the local newspaper, the Henley Standard, and then in the United Methodist Reporter! When the Henley Standard reporter phoned to ask if he come to interview me and I asked 'What for?', he said 'My colleague says that you're 87 and that you do blogging.' I tried to wriggle out of it, but he had me in a corner because he is the best reporter for publishing anything I send out in my job as Media Publicity Director for my church. So I have to keep him sweet! Then he went and repaid me by publishing a large photo under a huge headline that read 'Olive the Blogger - at 87!' Fortunately, its readers are mainly in Henley with a growing number in Caversham and Sonning Common, but it doesn't yet sell too many copies in Reading or the rest of the Circuit, so I can still pretend to be younger in some places!

The managing editor of the UM Reporter asks why it should be assumed that activities such as blogging would not be undertaken by people over 80 and I was so glad to read that comment. Most of my contemporaries give up everything when they reach the age of 80, saying that they have done their stint and it's up to the younger ones to do everything now. Well, they don't give up altogether, but confine themselves to coffee mornings and gentle support of whatever is going on. (Actually, there are many much younger people who are afraid to try the computer, believing that it will be beyond their capabilities - but how do they know if they never try it?)

While it is wrong for elderly people to keep doing work that younger folk are eager to do just because they have gained expertise in that direction, there is plenty of work (and a great variety of work) that can and should be done by older people to help bring in the Kingdom. The healthiest and most vibrant churches are surely the ones where everyone plays their part, with a good mix of all age groups working together and encouraging each other.

Some weeks ago, one of my blogging friends asked if I'd given any thought about what to call my blog when it was no longer appropriate! I hadn't thought of it at all, but I opened it up for suggestions and someone suggested that I should call it 'Olive Branches'. That's a good name and I was drawn to it. In fact, I considered changing it there and then, but now i am of the opinion that it would be best to leave it as it is until 2010 or 2011 (if God grants me that long) so that it might just possibly encourage other octogenarians to become bloggers.


PamBG said...

Well, I hope that we see 'Olive Branches' - or whatever else you decide to call it - at the appropriate time.

Actually, I don't understand either why an 80-something person shouldn't blog. But, then again, not many fifty-something blog either. Most of my friends of my generation use email but not a lot else. I get incredulous looks sometimes when I tell people that *I* blog!

God bless you and keep on blogging.

Olive Morgan said...

At my church here i have stewards in their 60s who snort down their noses, 'No! I don't do blgging!' as if it were something utterly degrading - not to be touched even with a bargepole! it is just that it is as yet unknown territory.

mollygolver said...

I love reading your blogs - think they're brilliant. Olive Branches sounds good. Keep Blogging

Sally said...

keep on blogging Olive, I for one look forward to reading more- btw Allan Bevere has nominated this post best of the Methodist blogosphere this week :-)

seethroughfaith said...

I thnk it's fabulous that you blog and I love the snippets you put in your blog from all kinds of interesting places.

Olive Morgan said...

Thank you all for your interest. I lead a very full life and sometimes find blogging takes up quite a lot of time, but it's well worth it if it keeps me in touch with people all over the world and even more so if others really do find it interesting. I've certainly found 'friends' online that I would not have sone otherwise and it has widened my horizon.