Thank You Thursdays: Elder Bloggers Margaret and Helen

I thought I’d died and gone to heaven when I read Margaret and Helen’s best-friends-for-sixty-years blog, not because they’re really old, but because I love old ladies and don’t get to interact with them very often. My own grandmothers have passed away, and I don’t run into too many blue hairs here in Brooklyn.
If, like me, you’re hankering for some old lady interaction, do not stop go, do not collect one hundred dollars, but instead go directly to Margaret and Helen’s awesome blog.
When 82-year-old Helen was recently called out by her readers for using foul language when talking about respected government officials, she writes:

New rules:
I will stop calling George Bush a jackass when he stops calling me a terrorist: Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.
I will stop calling John McCain an ass when he stops calling Barack Obama a socialist at every dog and pony show on the Straight Talk Express tour.
I will stop calling Sarah Palin a bitch when she stops calling Obama a terrorist sympathizer. And I will stop calling Sarah Palin a bitch when she stops calling the parts of the country where I don’t live more Pro-American than the part of the country where I do live. And I will definitely stop calling Sarah Palin a bitch when she stops acting like a bitch.

And don’t miss the FAQs. An excerpt:

Are you for real?
Why is that so hard to believe? Now I know what Santa Claus must feel like.
Have you really been friends for 60 years?
Some friendships last a lifetime. We just seem to be living a hell of a long time.
Is this a fake blog?
We got a few scary emails when I first wrote about Sarah Palin so my grandson told me to change our last names on the web page blog. Philpot was my grandmother’s maiden name and Schmechtman is actually the name of a bird Margaret keeps as a pet. That bird shits on everything, but she loves him.

Thanks to Luckwouldhaveit for the heads up.
Please add other links in the comments to some of your fave elder bloggers!

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  • MzBitca

    I love Margaret and Helen’s blog. I’ve linked to it from mine and have added them to my blog roll. I love her spunkiness. My favorite was her comment on Sarah Palin’s wardrobe about how they won’t give the poor money but will donate designer clothes.

  • Robbert

    “…calling Barack Obama a socialist…”
    The question isn’t whether he’s a socialist, but whether that’s a problem. ;)
    Think of the 1930’s and FDR’s new deal. IMHO the American panic at anything red is ridiculous. It’s a remnant of a cold war that has been gone since 1989. 19 Years, think about it. people are voting next week that have never witnessed the cold war. Sadly both the US and Germany have made a rather strong turn to the right since then. Apparently now that the Soviet union is gone, and Germany has reunited, there is no longer a need to prove that their governments care about what happens to their citizens.
    Of course, that mindset might be false for the US. I guess we will learn on Tuesday.

  • Maria

    Margaret and Helen rock! I want to be like them when I get to that point in life. Seriously.

  • MoonPie

    I read a blog called DayByDay, authored by 80-something-year-old Hildred. It’s not specifically political or feminist or anything, but she’s a very wise, introspective, articulate woman who has cultivated contentment and an appreciation for life that I can only hope for at that age.

  • MoonPie

    I read a blog called DayByDay, authored by 80-something-year-old Hildred. It’s not specifically political or feminist or anything, but she’s a very wise, introspective, articulate woman who has cultivated contentment and an appreciation for life that I can only hope for at that age.

  • Shae

    Not to burst anyone’s fun bubble, but Margaret and Helen appear to be fakes. I loved them as much as anyone, but then some friends and I investigated the time stamps of their posts through Google Reader (all posted on the exact same day and time, faked on the blog itself) and scrutinized some of the content and comments. I’m not going to do an in-depth analysis here, but you can investigate it yourself if you’re inclined.
    Unfortunate, since I’ve known such spunky old ladies in my time and their blogs, if they’d had them, would have been a riot.

  • Luna

    Ninety percent of the people I deal with at work are women over 70 years old. And you’re absolutely right. They’re awesome. :)

  • Rubix

    Why do people (liberal people!) find calling Sarah Palin a bitch (or worse) acceptable? Isn’t the point of opposing that kind of language that it should be applied to all women regardless of their other traits (anti-feminist views included)? Whenever i hear people call her sexist names it just makes me identify with her more. Counterproductive people!

  • Cedar

    Shae:
    What does that mean? I don’t know what a time stamp is, or how it could be faked. Could you explain a little more?

  • Lucy

    awwww…i officially love them now :)

  • Clare

    Hahaha! I’m cracking up reading this blog. Thanks for posting it!

  • http://blogofchampions.livejournal.com Lauren

    How coincidental! I just Stumbled Upon that yesterday. I gave it an enthusiastic thumbs up.

  • http://thingsimakethingsilove.blogspot.com ishi

    i’m hooked! thanks for posting this!

  • Alan

    I still have trouble applying the word “bitch” to Sarah Palin. I can’t get behind it. I can vehemently denounce her candidacy and oppose her stance on women’s issues, but calling her a “bitch” is really really really NOT OK by me.

  • xtinA

    Old ladies? Bluehairs? That’s pretty ageist language dontcha think? Another way to diss women for having the audacity to get old…

  • delilahfantastic

    Is “old ladies” derogatory? It just seems descriptive to me.

  • Loretta Frankenstein

    Thanks for posting this. I think these ladies are my new favorite people. :)

  • Hara

    YAYE!!!!!!!

  • Shae

    Cedar: If you read a blog through a news reader (Google Reader is one), it shows the time that the post was written, because the reader wants to show timely content even on blogs that don’t publish dates and times.
    To fake a time stamp on your blog all you have to do is change the time/date stamp from the dashboard where you write the post and will display whatever you chose.
    Sometimes people do this for legit reasons, like they’re moving an old blog’s posts to a new blog or whatever, but it isn’t likely an old lady whose “nephew is helping” her knows how to do this, or why you would.
    In a news reader you also see a number of fake-looking posts that they deleted but are still cached by the reader, and it’s telling that people commented on posts almost a year after they were supposedly posted. The commenters are suspicious, too, and the writing style of the posts is pretty sophisticated and stylish in blog terms.

  • literatebrit

    That is not true, Shae. I did the same thing you claimed to have done and all the posts had different dates. And why can’t older ladies be ‘sophisticated and stylish’? I smell a troll here.

  • Shae

    Literate, I’ve been reading here and commenting here a long time. Sorry you don’t share my opinion about Margaret and Helen, but it’s no reason to get nasty. Everyone is free to investigate it and form their own opinion.

  • Jac

    Thanks for posting this. I work for a nonprofit that serves older adults, and part of my job is to write for our organization’s blog. I used Helen and Margaret as the inspiration for my latest. :)
    http://empoweringindependence.blogspot.com/2008/10/some-friendships-last-lifetime.html