Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Why Do Short Crabby People Live So Long

by Deb Baker/Hannah Reed

Grandma Johnson, one of the characters in my Gertie Johnson series, is ninety-two and going strong. She might even outlive her daughter at this pace. BTW, Grandma is short and crabby.

Which got me thinking about longevity. Seems to me those short, mean ones live forever.

Is it the venom in their veins that keeps them going? Or the sheer will to hang around and make us suffer until death (our death) parts us?

Is it that they go to doctors more than the rest of us? Are they more likely to be hypochondriacs? They certainly are pessimists, those short, crabby ones. Are optimists oblivious to their own health issues, tending to let things go until its too late?

Although tall, crabby people don't live so long. Do they? And then another question - have I ever known a tall, crabby person? I can't think of a single one.

Do you have any thoughts on this subject?


9 comments:

Mardel said...

LOL - maybe they live longer because they are short, and by living longer they're just tired and cranky. So they're crabby because they're so old... (??) maybe?

:)

Deb said...

that's a positive take on it. You're doomed. lol.

Janet C said...

Why shouldn't we? Got a problem with us?

Just kidding. Mostly.

Barbara T. said...

As a short, crabby person I can only hope for a long life. I am afraid that keeping my crabby thoughts to myself is destroying me internally, hence shortening my life.

Aurian said...

Lol, you forget that people did not grow so tall as nowadays, so the old ones now are not so tall as we are.
But Laura Childs has a great octogenarian in her Tea Shop series as well, head of the Heritage Society.

And of course, short people don't have to bend so far as long people, so their back and knees suffer less, which means they stay healthier ...

Rachelle21 said...

It seems to me, that being an author helps you live longer: Margaret Sutton and Mildred Wirt lived into their 9o's.

If you are cranky, you don't hold in worry and would hopefully have lower blood pressure.

Debra said...

I lied about my height for years but now admit I am not as tall as most others. Am definitely crabby so I'm hoping your theory is true.


Barbara said...

Oh Lord, that means the short, crabby woman who sits next to me at our basketball games will live forever - and I do mean forever. Fortunately she's just about the only crabby person I'm subjected to on a regular basis. I collect happy people.

Deb said...

Great comments! Thank you for sharing:)