A half-hour before bedtime, I remind myself that I now deserve to prepare myself for a good night’s sleep. You can’t focus on your work if you’re sleep-deprived even if you have a fascinating job.
- Like traditional upper class families, there are nannies and servants, and the children, you know, come in to say good-night before they go to bed. There’s very little private time with the children in the early years. Actually, there’s much more private time with the children in the 20s.
- To a large extent, the aged in our society are ghettoized. Old people are seen as useless, bypassed by history, old-fashioned, in the way. So, not surprisingly, when we reach the official mark of old age, we’re supposed to go gently into that good night, to get off center stage and hand over the spotlight. Old age is also surrounded by shame – the myth of impotence and inability.