“No one is different when they get older,” she said with irritation. “If you’re old and crotchety, you were young and crotchety. If you’re a pleasant old person, you were probably pleasant as a young person also.”
She adjusted in her seat.
“We’re the same inside even though our bodies are,” she looked for a word, “rotting.”
“Why do we say that? Why do we always assume that older people have to be crabby or sweet?”
“Stupid idea! Came from giving allowances to nasty people to be vile, as if their age gave them absolution and dispensation.”
Excerpt from Caring for Eleanor