Early morning math

Funny the things we think about as we begin to stir from our sleep in the mornings . . .

Last night after I watched an episode of the Scottish series Monarch of the Glen, I looked up one of its actors — Susan Hampshire — on the Internet. I think she is absolutely beautiful in that series, and I was curious about her age. It turns out she is 77 now, and has pretty much retired from acting. Monarch of the Glen ran for seven seasons, ending in 2005, so the Susan I saw last night on television was in her mid-60s.

It can be a bit startling to see actors and actresses in films made years ago, and then see photos of them today. Of course they age like everyone else — and Susan appears to have aged quite well — but it is a swift reminder of time’s toll on the body, nevertheless.

So this morning my first thoughts when I awoke were mathematical: three score and 10, or 70 years — the benchmark for the average human lifespan — seems like a pretty long time. But 25,550 days — 70 years x 365 days — don’t seem like a lot. And an extra, say, 3,650 days — or 10 years — doesn’t seem like a huge bonus.

And when you subtract the years or days that have already gone by in your life, well . . . There is a case to be made for not learning how to count.

Moral of the story: Other than the obvious one about making the most of every day, don’t look at present-day photos of actors and actresses from days/years gone by before you go to bed at night.

— Jillian

4 thoughts on “Early morning math

  1. For some reason “three score years and ten” crossed my mind yesterday, and particularly the fact that, at 56, I am now 80% through that! I take some solace from having a maternal grandmother that lived to 92, and a paternal grandfather that lived to 91, so I am not too worried.

    Susan Hampshire is not only lovely, but a brilliant role model for dyslexics, like my younger son. Not that I suppose my son has a clue who Susan Hampshire is, as she is not his generation.


  2. You, sweet thing need, to give your noggin a rest. I think you are over thinking your stay here. get naked, have a glass of vine in front of your wood stove and count your blessings. They are many. Look forward to seeing you real soon!


  3. There was no message in the test. I received only this.
    Not Found!
    What you were looking for doesn’t exist or isn’t here anymore. We are sorry 😦
    Please return to the home page or use the search box above


    1. Cheri, I was only testing the Facebook connection — when I send it to Facebook, it keeps attaching an old picture that I can’t seem to get rid of. I have since deleted the tests, which is why you are not finding them.


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