Going out with a … whimper

Ever dreamt of being a hero? Peter Leith has.

Going out with a … whimper

Peter Leith is 89 and describes himself as “half-deaf and half-blind”. But he has never been one to waste a minute and is writing a series of true short stories called Aspects of Ageing.

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As a boy, I dreamt of dying while performing some heroic deed of self-sacrifice. Not in warfare. Never in warfare, but, for example, saving a child from drowning or an old lady from being run over by an oncoming tram.

Now, at the age 89 (and a half), I am still waiting for my big opportunity to die a heroic death.

The trouble is that arthritis, reduced vision and hearing loss mean that I am much more likely to push the old lady under an oncoming train by mistake.

Sadly, it seems probable that I will not die a heroic death, but will exit with a whimper.

Do you have a story or an observation for Peter? Send it to sunday@yourlifechoices.com.au and put ‘Sunday’ in the subject line.

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    Franky
    24th Mar 2019
    10:03am
    I intend to die in my sleep
    TREBOR
    24th Mar 2019
    11:37am
    Not to worry - most go without a heroic death... the heroism is in getting to 890 relatively intact.. I expect it to be a surprise.... still got too much to do...
    PeReDa
    24th Mar 2019
    12:00pm
    I don't think even Methuselah got to 890 Trebor - relatively intact or not.
    I haven't read bible (or Enid Blyton) for well over 60 years though.
    TREBOR
    24th Mar 2019
    2:52pm
    Damned computer has a mind of its own...
    TREBOR
    24th Mar 2019
    11:38am
    Once went out with a girl - she ended up dumping me to go out not with a banger, but a wimp.. oh, well... most women can't see beyond the trench-lines of life... The Horizon ...
    gerry
    24th Mar 2019
    12:20pm
    How about shooting Trump ,that would be a heroic death,at this moment Putin is expelling thousands of ethnic people from Crimea,,he,s encroaching on the Baltic states and Poland and damaging elections world wide ,Trump is ignoring CIA and army advisors 'what a hero you would be
    gerry
    24th Mar 2019
    12:20pm
    How about shooting Trump ,that would be a heroic death,at this moment Putin is expelling thousands of ethnic people from Crimea,,he,s encroaching on the Baltic states and Poland and damaging elections world wide ,Trump is ignoring CIA and army advisors 'what a hero you would be
    old frt
    24th Mar 2019
    1:48pm
    If Putin is the problem why would you shoot Trump? Not game to protest about Putin are you, because he will hunt you down. Not so bad on our side of the fence is it .
    gerry
    24th Mar 2019
    5:03pm
    if you shoot trump ,Putin would have no one to protect him
    gerry
    24th Mar 2019
    5:03pm
    if you shoot trump ,Putin would have no one to protect him
    casey
    24th Mar 2019
    2:54pm
    As my father got older he used to say that his only ambition left in life was to die the day after Mum. Think about it.
    gerry
    24th Mar 2019
    5:05pm
    I,ve got a couple of Glocks in the cupboard so that self righteous sod Pell wont stop me from suicide ha ha
    gerry
    24th Mar 2019
    5:05pm
    I,ve got a couple of Glocks in the cupboard so that self righteous sod Pell wont stop me from suicide ha ha
    Mary
    25th Mar 2019
    11:09am
    You like repeating yourself don't you, Gerry. Boring!!
    gerry
    25th Mar 2019
    11:45am
    that's because I stutter damn you dddddamn you

    Instead of criticising me tell me ,why is it that when I post reply it doubles
    gerry
    25th Mar 2019
    11:45am
    that's because I stutter damn you dddddamn you

    Instead of criticising me tell me ,why is it that when I post reply it doubles


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