I have no problem with my age and in fact I’m happy that I’m
getting old enough to be eccentric. I’m also looking forward to becoming the
age where I no longer have to censor things I might want to say because people
will just shake their heads and call me a crazy old bat.
So age and I have no problems.
But strangers really need to stop commenting on it.
I stopped in a convenience store and got beer to take to the
The store is run by two brothers from India and today
when I came in there was an older man behind the counter as well. The older
brother, who just for the record, is about my age, told me that the man is his
He’s just arrived here and is learning to work in the store.
So the son is showing him how to ring up the transaction and
the father asks him a question in his native language.
The son says “No, she’s obviously over 30.”
“Whoa!” I say.
The father stops what he’s doing and begins chastising the
son. I couldn’t understand what he was saying but I know what it looks like
when a parent scolds a child, no matter how old they are.
The son has a sheepish look on his face, looks at me and
says “I am so sorry. You don’t look much past your teenage years. And my father
said to tell you that I am an idiot.”
I wasn’t really offended when he said I was obviously over
30 and was only messing with him but his father’s reaction was priceless.
Then his father handed me the change and said something to
The son translated and said “My father has given you .50
extra change as an apology for me being an idiot and he hopes you will return.
I smiled and told the father that I would most certainly be
I’m thinking the son is now one less person who comments on