Eter­nal youth, plus a cane

The Guardian Weekly - - Diversions -

What most use­ful skill could be ac­quired and serve well when car­ried into old age?

Touch typ­ing. I learned that skill in high school, and now, well into old age, I find it as use­ful as ever, in­ter alia, for writ­ing to the Guardian. Bruce Inkset­ter, Gatineau, Que­bec, Canada

• Learn­ing one or two for­eign lan­guages will keep brain cells tick­ing, and is also help­ful for travel. E Slack, L’Isle Jour­dain, France

• Divin­ing the se­cret of eter­nal youth. David Isaacs, Syd­ney, Aus­tralia

• Know­ing when to shut up. Lil­lian Hen­ning, Nan­tucket, Mas­sachusetts, US

• Learn­ing to be com­fort­able us­ing a cane. Mike Kelly, Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­va­nia, US • Play­ing a mu­si­cal in­stru­ment. Ur­sula Nixon, Bo­dalla, NSW, Aus­tralia

• Sch­mooz­ing. RM Frans­son, Wheat Ridge, Colorado, US

• The flex­i­bil­ity to get down to eye-to-eye level with a small child. David Bishop, Stir­ling, South Aus­tralia

• The three-card trick. Mar­i­lyn Hamil­ton, Perth, West­ern Aus­tralia

• De­nial. Mar­garet Wyeth, Vic­to­ria, Bri­tish Columbia, Canada

• Putting the car keys back in their proper place every time. Joan Daw­son, Hal­i­fax, Nova Sco­tia, Canada

• The abil­ity to think young. David Price, Mac­mas­ters Beach, NSW, Aus­tralia

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