Thursday, 6 February 2014

You Know you are Looking Old When....

 
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We all know the one about 'your mother's arm comes out of your sleeve' and the one when people say 'you look just like your mother'. The next thing was I noticed my mother's legs emerging from my swimsuit.  Today I was at the supermarket and a new cashier smiled at me and said, "Pensioners' Day today!" without even the shadow of a question in her voice. My expression felt like a cross beween joy (at receiving a discount), disappointment (at being recognised as an oldie), and finally indifference, (who really gets excited about 1.5%).  The thing is just to keep a firm hold on one's sense of humor and be grateful for small mercies. After all, I might spend  more next time.
 

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  1. So true about our mother's body inhabiting ours. And nobody requests ID when asking for the senior discount.

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  2. I'm 66 but I've been seeing my mother in myself for many years now. I like it.
    I am happy with my age. It's the rest of the world who is not.

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  3. And then here is the time your mother's face stares back at you from the mirror.

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    1. I was always said to look like my dad, who I thought looked like Clint Eastwood (as an old man). My mother had the square-faced look of Ingrid Bergman: I didn't think I would ever look like her - people say it's more the expressions, gait and mannerisms. I still have my dad's turned-up nose.

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  4. I don't know what qualifies you for Pensioners' Day, but it sounds like our "Senior Citizens" discounts, which varies on age requirements. Many restaurants and movie theaters give a discount to people over 60, but it may be even older in some places. A long time ago, you only had to be 50. I'm now 56 and it seems that the closer I get to being a "senior" in order to get a little discount, the higher establishments raise the age! :)

    Coincidentally, my latest post is on aging.

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    1. Especially now in the UK, where they want you to go on working until 70! I used to discount on the buses there from 55.

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  5. Thing is I would take my mothers body.. sure it's a bit saggy, so is mine, but there's less of than mine.
    Something to strive for I guess.

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  6. I have walked past people in department stores and thought to myself...look at that old, cranky, ugly bastard...then realize that I was walking past a mirror.

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    1. So what did your wife see in you? Come on, spill the beans........!

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    2. A unique set of skills, not generally discussed in polite company. Ha!

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  7. Oh, my, yes! Isn't it a shock when you see the resemblances to your mother? And those unasked for discounts!! I started getting them when I was in my mid-forties. I've always looked about ten years older than my true age. I've been thinking of adding on to that -- maybe claiming to be 85 or so -- so people will say I look great -- and not a day over 75 -- though I'm 68!

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    1. It seems the me the Sixties are proving to be a most interesting decade, one way or another. Luckily, we mostly only look at ourselves twice a day when we clean our teeth. Fortunately, we live inside our ageless heads the rest of the time. I alway think women that wear make-up have it worse - we have to get used to our 'morning' faces before we apply the camouflage.

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