Daily Forum column for 9-8-11.
I've heard tales and even witnessed first-hand what aging can do to a person.
More recently I'm feeling what age can do to a person, and quite frankly it sucks.
The joint aches and pains, sore muscles and stiff back I can learn to live with. But events that occurred last week hurt deeper than any cream can reach.
To paint the picture, high school graduation came with the first symptoms of aging.
Realizing I would soon be out on my own was a thrill, until living on my own meant paying bills, cooking my own meals and doing my own laundry. Ouch.
The symptoms worsened with college graduation.
No more could I stay up all night eating pizza and watching recorded seasons of Grey's Anatomy.
I probably wouldn't be able to go to a real job in sweatpants and flip flops and no more would my Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights be spent at the local watering holes. That one hurt deep into the muscles.
Granted, I still made attempts to cling to what youth I had left, and made an occasional appearance at the local Pub, until last week that is.
Slowly waking with the annual morning aches, a phone call jolted me before I could even begin to sip my morning coffee. It wouldn't even be needed after that.
"I just heard that the Pub collapsed," said the voice on the other end.
In denial and being the inquisitive type that I am I blurted out a, "what do you mean collapsed?"
Indeed, one of the few landmark Maryville taverns of my youth had collapsed.
The one and only bar in town where I didn't feel a bit too old or out of place to have a good time — you know, seeing as I'm aging a bit — was gone.
Gone like my days of cheerleading uniforms, glitter eyeshadow and Pixie Stix with Cherry Coke.
Gone like the mullet in my school photograph and songs on tape.
A heap of rubble and a few remaining walls containing the stories and vague memories of celebrations past are all that's left.
And while, like myself, the walls that remain are a bit aged and weaker than before I can only hope that the Pub is the only part of me that collapses these days. I'm too young for that.