I'm having a midlife crisis, but not the kind you normally think of. My midlife crisis is that everyone thinks I'm old! I'm just getting ready to turn 50, and frankly that isn't that old to me. But here are some things I've heard lately:
--When I was getting my walking boot and crutches when I sprained my ankle, a neighbor boy that lives down the street was also in the room getting a foot brace. The health care worker suggested he push my wheelchair for me so that I didn't have to walk all the way to the car on crutches. The man said, "Help out an elderly woman." The boy's mother said, "Elderly woman?! Now you are in big trouble!" I said, "Oh you have done it now! You have committed the ultimate crime!" We all laughed it off, but "elderly woman"? Really?
--Today I stopped at a thrift store to look for a particular item. When I went to the register to pay, the woman said, "Are you eligible for a senior citizen's discount?" ME? Huh?! Do I LOOK 65?!
Wow that's depressing. Maybe I need to cut my hair or something. I'm not going to dye it, so save your typing fingers. But wow....senior citizen.