We find old people annoying because they walk slow, talk slow and spend time counting out the exact change for you. Old people know they’re old and don’t need or want to be reminded. I notice that clerks look annoyed when the older person takes more time to get out their credit card or are looking for their glasses.
Age is just a number; it only becomes more when you choose to make it so or someone reminds you of it.
The other day I was in the gas station and heard the clerk tell the owner that the elderly lady from down the street said she thinks you undercharged her for the oil change. He’s my age; does she call him old too?
Why are we reluctant to deal with the process of aging? You can either get old or drop dead, which to you prefer? If it scares you learn more about it.
The Tibetans have a saying, “to get over your fears, bring closer to you that which frightens you the most.”
Here are my top 10 things that really make me hate you. Feel free to add a few of your own.
- Call me “dearie “when the hot chick next to me gets lots of smiles and jokes.
- Ask me if you can help me carry the quart of milk to my car. Do I look that frail?
- Do you need to sit down? I just walked in and now I need a chair. You don’t mind if the girly girl walks around because she has nice legs.
- “Take your time with it.” Can I first open my purse?
- If I say, “Prices seem high,” it’s not necessary for you to say, “Compared to what they were in your day I’m sure they are.”
- “You look tired.” Don’t ever say this to anyone unless you want a swat.
- “Shall I give these to your son to carry?” Could that “son” be my boyfriend? You probably don’t know about the famous artist, Georgia O’Keeffe and her companion who was 48 years her junior.
- Tell the customer after looking at her license, “I just saw your birth date; I can’t believe you’re that old! Or, you really look good for your age.
- Ask me for my license to prove I’m 21 when I want a drink.
- Give me the “Yes and No Mam” treatment.
- Just because I need to get my glasses doesn’t mean you need to read it to me. Everyone I know wears glasses.
If you would like more ideas for insulting old companies, take a look at Stan Goldberg’s blog,http://stangoldbergwriter.com/about/top-10-insults-for-old-people/.
Give us a break, one day you might be old.
Lisbeth has been helping businesses be more profitable for over 20 years. To have a consultation with her or have her speak to your employees, reach her at Lcalandrino@nycap.rr.com. To read her Success Blog on the Albany Times Union, go to,http://blog.timesunion.com/success/author/lisbethcalandrino/.
She lives in Albany, New York, in Historic Hudson Park with her cat, Rainyday. When not in her office she can be found at the gym.