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Joy to the World . . . I got carded

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old lady1Sadly, most Boomers are past the age we need to show I.D. when buying liquor. But at the other end of the scale, we now qualify for seniors’ benefits in many establishments such as movie theatres and retail stores. The age requirement can vary anywhere from fifty to sixty-five depending on where you live and where the purchase is being made. When I first started dating my husband he would request seniors’ tickets at the movies. Too vain and nervous to be questioned about my age at the time (I was in my fifties), I would discreetly stand back while my white-haired partner did the dirty work.

Then one day when I attended a movie alone, I found myself having an internal debate about whether to chance buying a seniors’ ticket when I was only sixty-three, but being the honest person I am and fearing being asked to produce I.D., I deferred and paid full adult price. Then, when I handed my ticket to the attendant inside, I noticed to my horror that the stupid child in the ticket booth had pegged me as a hag and without asking had sold me a seniors’ ticket. I was awhile recovering from that humiliation.

Age is a beautiful thing.

Age is a beautiful thing.

Then, today as I was paying for some Christmas cards at a store I asked if this was seniors’ day. The clerk looked at me questioningly and hesitated. Jokingly I asked if she wanted to see my drivers’ license, and she did!  I was thrilled and noticed my fellow crones behind me in line smiling at my obvious joy as I produced the document. Is being recognized as a senior a good thing or a bad thing? We tend to want it both ways, don’t we. We don’t want to be perceived as old crones but we enjoy the benefits of seniors’ pricing. Getting carded reminded me that I’m not only vain, I’m cheap and old too. And if you don’t believe me I’d be happy to show you my I.D.

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Author: Lynda Davis

As an early Baby Boomer, born in 1947, it seems to me that as we approach our retirement years, Boomers have gone from being the energy driving our nation to slowly becoming invisible. We risk losing our identity as society remains stubbornly youth-centric. And the irony is that Gen Xers and Ys are not the majority; we are. BOOMERBROADcast is my platform for being the voice of Baby Boomers, women in particular. We've generated a lot of changes over the decades but there's still a long way to go. After a 40-year career in the corporate world, I've taken up expressing the observations and concerns of our generation. Instead of pounding the pavement in my bellbottoms with a cardboard sign, I'm pounding my laptop (I learned to type on a manual typewriter and old habits die hard). If you have issues or concerns you would like voiced or have comments on what I've voiced, I'd love to hear from you. We started breaking the rules in the sixties and now that we're in our sixties it's no time to become complacent. Hope you'll stay tuned and if you like BOOMERBROADcast, share it with your friends. Let's rock n' roll! If you would like to be notified whenever I publish a new posting, click on the little blue box in the lower right of your screen that says +Follow→ Lynda Davis

2 thoughts on “Joy to the World . . . I got carded

  1. The other day I received the senior’s discount at Shoppers without the cashier even asking me….I noticed it when I got home – even though I am in my fifties, I gladly took the discount! Haha. Great article! Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 12:57:49 +0000 To: lwong5050@hotmail.com

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