Cashing in, ever so slightly

I am of two minds about the not-all-that-hefty Senior Discount being offered at some places. On one level, I’d just as soon not be reminded of how many years have gone by; on the other, I could probably use the few extra cents for something.

Patti, a couple years younger than I, has less of a dilemma:

I am over 55, after all, although only two measly years. Sandy’s only 56. Is it that obvious? Have all my anti-aging secrets, my skinny jeans, artfully highlighted hair, not managed to shave a couple of years off my appearance? Yes and no.

I reminded myself that the cashier was about 19 years old, and anyone who was older than his parents had to be over 55. He’s also been taught to offer the discount to anyone he thinks may qualify. And I do! I do! I don’t lie about my age. I lie (to myself) about being my age, and looking my age.

In some circles, I have begun admitting to sixty already, though the motivation is simply to blur the actual date of my birth; I decline to celebrate my birthday on general principle, and I’d just as soon those people didn’t mention it.


  1. McGehee »

    15 March 2013 · 10:35 am

    I was in my mid-40s the first time I got a senior discount at a restaurant where the cutoff is, I believe, 55. I consoled myself that the person at the counter was probably still in high school — and then I decided (like a true Scotsman, even if there is no such thing) that saving even a little money more than makes up for it.

    But I draw the line at being signed up for AARP without my permission (even if I don’t have to pay for the first year), as the Moose did to me a couple of months back. That has nothing to do with age, however; I currently belong to two other senior-oriented groups more in keeping with my views on government spending.

  2. Jess »

    15 March 2013 · 11:49 am

    Those young punks shouldn’t even ask. Just give me a discount…..and get off my lawn!

  3. Roger Green »

    16 March 2013 · 6:04 am

    Hmm. I wrote about this very topic – i had a birthday recently – but pushed it back because of more pressing issues

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