This post is my response to Jenny Matlock’s Alphabe-Thursday challenge for the letter “A”. Yes, we’re starting a brand new semester, so come on over to see what everyone is up to around the letter “A” and, by all means, add your thoughts on the subject!
We’ve all heard it…beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Based on a recent experience, I would have to add that age is apparently in the same category. Let me tell you about it.
As I was leaving a fast food restaurant recently, I heard a male voice call out “Fran,” and then, almost immediately, an echo from a female voice, “Fran? Fran!”
I was quite surprised just a moment later when one of the store employees came running after me, saying “Fran, that man over there is calling you!” After replying to her that I wasn’t Fran, she said “Oh, now I see! There’s another older wo…” Then, realizing what she almost said, she stopped in mid-sentence, gulped, and looked a tiny bit embarrassed at considering me “older” before quickly turning back into the restaurant.
The incident did give me a bit of a chuckle, but I’ve also had to reassess how I appear to other people. I like to think of myself as 59 years young and am happy to report that I am in excellent health, so that in many ways I feel better now than when I was 40! However, it appears attitude doesn’t always carry the day, at least in the way others perceive us. Fortunately (or not), I’m well past the age where I feel compelled to live up to other people’s expectations of me (family, most friends, employer excepted). Still, I will make a conscious effort to straighten my posture, at least in public, and, if it didn’t mean an every-six-weeks visit to the hairdresser, I might even go back to coloring my hair. Other than that, I’ll be content to age gracefully…