No one told me about this. There are just so many surprises as we age, aren’t there?
It seems that the day your Medicare card arrives in the mail, something else comes with it. I’ve never actually seen this list of “ ready-to-use after age 65” statements myself, but I’ve been exposed to enough people in this category to surmise that it does indeed exit. It has to….why else would so many older folks use them on a daily basis?
You know the ones I mean, right?
“Look how fast he’s going!! What’s the big hurry anyway??”
“Only girls wear earrings. And he needs a haircut, too.”
“Look at all those tattoos! You know what they’ll look like when they’re our age, don’t you?”
“How do you carry that purse around? I’m surprised you don’t have back problems.”
“Why can’t they have paper towels in bathrooms anymore? I hate these blower things.”
And my personal favorite:
“Why are all these people out on the roads? Isn’t it a work day? I thought there was a recession.”
And each such statement is followed with a sound that I used to think writers made up, but it actually does exist. I’ve heard it myself:
But to make it all the more fun, EVERY time we drive an interstate or go shopping, or need to use a public bathroom or venture forth anywhere, the applicable statement is pulled out from their wallets (behind their Medicare cards where they hide it, I guess) and used as if WE are deaf and didn’t hear it the first thousand times or so they said it.
I know, I know. I’ll be there myself soon and should have more empathy. In all fairness, it does seem to take a few years past 65 before these statements are used regularly, but they seem to catch up with everyone eventually.
You’re probably right, I should be more understanding, but in the two years until that happens, I’m taking my huge purse and going shopping. I may even speed a little along the way.
And I’m sure I’ll hit a few bathrooms while I’m out (a topic in this category for another day), and I assure you that I won’t mind those hand blowers a bit.
The older you get, the more you tell it like it used to be.
-- Author Unknown