More than a dozen years ago, we went out to dinner with our pals Gordon and Christa after a long day of biking somewhere in France. As we took our seats at the table each of us let out a noise that was a cross between a grunt and a sigh.
First, we giggled. Then we realized we had made a sound that older people make. We decided that that could not be possible, and we agreed to make an effort not to make that sound when we sat or stood in the future.
I thought of that the other day in class when the woman next to me made a similar sound as she got up for our ten-minute break, and when she sat down again.
As part of my weight training, I do a sit-down and stand-up exercise holding twelve-pound weights for fifteen repetitions. It’s the only part of my weight routine that I hate.
But I sit and stand silently.