granny crawl: a loathsome charade
by louanne moldovan

I read with weary disdain the ad for the upcoming event, “The Granny Crawl comes to Portland!” From where, I wondered? Whose tired, unimaginative, cliched idea was it to have younger-aged individuals don their “best grandma attire…”? What exactly would that attire consist of? Shawls, for certain. Glasses, of course, frizzy grey wigs… I am busting a gut laughing at the mere thought. And there is a handy color photo, should those already lacking imagination wish for some inspiration. 

 

I recently earned a degree in Gerontology, and was inspired to pursue this subject as I have always been troubled by the manner in which our senior population in the US is treated – disrespected, dismissed, discarded. Ageism. The last bastion of discrimination. And it isn’t going anywhere, except onward and upward when people think a bar hopping brood of Golden Girls-lookalikes is a swell idea of a night out. 

 

The people they mock are their mothers, their teachers, their sisters, themselves, if they are lucky enough to be around a few decades from now.

 

I am disappointed the SE Examiner would promote such an affronting event, thereby aligning itself with an indolent mindset - at once supporting disdain for our elders while fostering an unquestioning ignorance of the richness, depth and boundless discoveries they have to offer us. Easier to make fun of those whose life stories are countless, absorbing, complex, entertaining, moving… If only we bothered to listen.



Louanne Moldovan is the Artistic Director of the acclaimed literary cabaret theatre company, Cygnet Productions and longtime Writer/Director/Actor/Podcast Host (The Actor's Nightmare; Cygnet Radio Hour- named top 3 entertainment of 2021 by Oregon ArtsWatch) who, after having to battle for her precious daughter's health care for years, realized she rather enjoyed exercising that advocacy muscle and hope to apply it within the world of our glorious elders.  

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