Thursday, August 22, 2013
Love Lounge: How do you feel about 'getting older'?
Age first tapped me on the shoulder courtesy of a bookstore cashier. As I neatly lined up all my items on the counter, we exchanged the usual pleasantries. After a few keystrokes of the cash register, it happened.
"OK, your total is $5.50, ma'am.”
I nearly felt myself gasp. It was almost enough to make me turn around and see if my mother was behind me. But she wasn't there. The guy was definitely talking to me. When I think of a 'ma'am,' I've always thought of Sophia Petrillo from The Golden Girls -- a little old lady wearing a bright paisley dress and large-rimmed glasses and clutching an over-sized purse.
Age really is a funny thing. I've never given much thought to it until now, but it's like the barometer of life. For example, there are so many things we assign to age. You can drive at 16. You can vote at 18. You can legally drink at 21. And you're ushered into middle age when you turn 50 and join AARP. Maybe birthdays aren't meant to depress us and leave us staring grimly into the mirror wondering what became of our youth. Birthdays give us a chance to celebrate, to tell our life story. There is a certain charm and distinction that you gain when you get older. With age comes wisdom. You learn about life in the midst of living it. Maybe that's the gift right there. That, and the senior discount at IHOP.
P.S. My 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st and 32nd birthday. And more age talk.
[Photos via We Heart It]