Mary Maxwell was requested to say a prayer at the start of a meal celebrating caregivers, but she also tickled the audience’s funny bone. She indeed asks for God’s benediction, but she segues into an outrageously funny talk about getting old, presenting a charming take on the transformations all of us will ultimately face.
While the prospect of aging can be worrisome to many, Maxwell takes a lighthearted, accepting approach. She brought fun to a subject that’s usually thought to be morbid. “The thing about old age is you don’t get to practice,” she quipped. “this is the first time I’ve ever been old…it just sort of crept up on me.”
This wise elder makes clear that the trick is always to keep a sense of humor throughout life, and that in the end, one should trust that events will unfold just as intended. Her straight-faced persona served as a delightful counterpoint to her raucous lines that had the whole room in stitches.
Many comics avoid the subject of aging, but Maxwell’s boldly humorous blessing may have opened a new front for aging jokesters everywhere.
She’s actually got a following among folks young and old already. Perhaps not surprisingly, Mary is a blogger with a growing fan base. Her thoughts on aging are engaging, funny, and thoughtful. She urges all of us to laugh often. Her dry sense of humor makes it all the more hilarious.
You’ll see why her prayer has over 13 million views and counting. She is one hilarious elder. Brace for a laugh.