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Monday, it’s a matter of perspective…

Old lady from Zacatecas, Mexico

Today I realized something.  I think police and doctors probably are pretty good at determining the true age of people but the average person—not so much.  How old you look to the average person seems to depend on how old they are.

This realization came to me when I was at a local health food store getting my favorite Chai tea, that I can find only at this particular store, and my cat’s favorite kitty litter.  Yes, the cat is not only picky about the food she eats but has a brand of litter she prefers.  Back to the age thing…

I was checking out and chatting with the cashier (who was a “mature woman” but not “old”) about the litter, her cats like it too and it’s earth friendly, I wasn’t paying attention to the total of my bill.  When she told me the amount I asked if that included my senior discount.  With some surprise she said, “you are a senior”?  And I said, with some amusement, “yes, for a while now”.  She told me how great I look and what was my secret and all that, which was very nice and made me happy.

It also made me think about all the other times I have been to this store and young people have cashiered and they just give me the discount without hesitation.  They know I am a senior because I am probably older than their mother.  To them I am old because they are young.  To the older cahier I am, if not young, not yet old because she is near my age.

Perspective is an interesting thing.

So far I have no problem with my age.  I am looking forward to being  really old.  Old people are like little kids—they can be cranky and act up a bit and say outrageous things and get away with it—you know it’s true.

I will have a problem with my age when people start telling me to go to my room or that it’s bedtime or to eat my vegetables.  The people who start that with me will also have problems—I intend to be a really crotchety old lady someday.



6 thoughts on “Monday, it’s a matter of perspective…

  1. Loved your story! I particularly enjoy how you are determined to be a crotchedy old lady, and your caretakers are going to reap the benefits. 🙂 Also, there is just something fun about the word crotchedy and people should reserve the right to experience it themselves first hand. Why as a society do we not allow ourselves to be like this when we are younger? You hardly ever hear of a crotchedy young person, or middle aged person, you know?

    You’re right though, age is a weird thing. When I was about 10 years old (eons ago), I had a poster of Debbie Gibson which we got in a kids magazine at school. I read the article on her, and found out she was 19! At 10 years of age I thought, “Man, she’s really old, she’s barely a teenager anymore!” I couldn’t figure out why they had put her in a kids magazine if she was about to no longer be considered a kid. Then when I became 19, I didn’t consider myself that old. Funny how that works!

  2. I like the photo of the aged woman. She looks like a woman whose face has been weathered by lots of sun and wind abuse. I wonder how old she really is. Sun and wind cause rough and wrinkled skin. She looks strong, but, still, rather elderly.

    I am fortunate to have a non-crotchety hubby most of the time. He is 26 years my senior, which is approximately a generation of difference. He is older than my father. I’d never think of telling him to go to his room. He has Alzheimer’s, and is still polite and easy to live with. I am truly blessed to be his wife. I know that this disease has the potential to cripple his mind, but so far, he is doing well.

    I agree with you that perspective does affect our perception of another’s age. Young people think 30 is old, so we look really old to them if we look 40. When they are 40, 60 or 70 will be the new old. Ha! Blessings to you, Patricia…

    1. I like the picture, too. She is very old but to me she is beautiful in her wrinkles. How interesting, the age difference between you and hubby. Someday I would love to hear your story.

      I remember when my granma’s were my age and they seemed really old. When I look at pictures they looked older when in their 50’s than I do now. The magic of preservatives in cosmetics!

      1. I think people are healthier these days. The generations seem to stay younger-looking longer. We eat better now, and we know what we must do to be healthy, and some of us do it, many more than years before, when few knew what to do. How’s that for a run-on sentence?

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