Coming of age

6 Feb

This middle age nonsense is such a mixed blessing  – just when you begin to feel comfortable in your skin and embrace the real woman within; society then throws you a curve ball to spoil your fun and ruin everything.

No longer are you asked for ID to prove your age to get into a club and go partying… Instead you start getting asked to show your Seniors Card, and being offered discounts on coffee and cake!!

What the ???

I have this gorgeous friend, a ‘58 vintage babe just the same as me. Fairly recently she struggled with the huge decision to cut her long locks to a ‘length more becoming of her age’ … (whatever that means).  Having taken that first plunge, she then decided to complete the transition by embracing the gradual grey take over … It’s a great look and suits her perfectly, but somehow this move back to mother nature has triggered a flood of offers for discount coffee.  How cruel people can be in their kindness.

mmm…I just wonder how many ’50 something’ men with smatterings of salt in their otherwise pepper hair, are targeted for a cheap cuppa?

So let’s not rush this “Seniors” thing …we may be ’50 something’ …but we’re not dead yet!!

coffee 2


9 Responses to “Coming of age”

  1. Cath February 6, 2013 at 1:14 pm #

    At least you are noticed as a potential customer. I find it increasingly annoying that you begin to become invisible in some retail stores that have young staff. If you have to say excuse me at the counter quite often you are answered as an inconvenience. I guess at least i should be grateful that you can find someone to serve you, which is another bone of contention.
    Sounding very grumpy old lady now arent I !

    • loubale February 6, 2013 at 1:19 pm #

      haha …not a grumpy old lady, just wait til you can wave that seniors card !!!

  2. February 6, 2013 at 8:48 pm #

    Hey there Lou, glad to see you on WordPress… looking forward to reading your ponderings! xx

    • loubale February 7, 2013 at 8:31 pm #

      back at you Blairs 😉 loving the travelogue x

  3. Linda February 6, 2013 at 9:47 pm #

    Lou, lately I have been noticing a shift in attitude. “Do you need a hand carrying the box of veg out to the car?” But truth be told I am probably stronger and in better shape than I was 10 years ago!
    But I haven’t been offered any specials on coffee and cake yet! 😦 I’d like that 😉
    I am also considering cutting off the tail, it has become very uncomfortable during the summer while contending with hot flushes (not because a woman of 50 something shouldn’t have long locks!)
    I try really hard not to be a grumpy, but sometimes it’s so very difficult!

    • loubale February 7, 2013 at 11:36 am #

      Linda without long locks ???? wow that’s something to think about 😉 ….and you grumpy ??? never !

  4. Frankie PW February 6, 2013 at 9:53 pm #

    It’s an unusual time alright…. Particularly for people of our generation. In our parents’ time, you reached a certain age and just admitted defeat, dyed your hair purple and filled your wardrobe with ‘twin sets’ lol. But for us, there’s a much greater expectation to look as young as we can for as long as we can. We’re shown role ‘models’ like Elle McPherson. We’re bombarded with advertising of products (and procedures) that can make us look AT LEAST 10 YEARS YOUNGER!!! Basically the message is that if you look 56 when you are 56 you’re a failure. I think there are so many older dyed heads out there (mine included) that the younger generation doesn’t really know when grey hair starts and just assumes if you have it you must be old!…but we know better 😉

    • loubale February 7, 2013 at 8:38 pm #

      That is so true Frankie…my goodness who would want to actually LOOK their age these days? LOL and what exactly DOES an age look like? – I know, if I meet someone new, anywhere between the age of 35 and 60, I have no idea and end up resorting to their life story for some clues before ‘putting my foot in it” 😉

  5. Bronwyn February 12, 2013 at 11:49 am #

    Gorgeous darling Lou, I love these reflections & comments. All from a girl of great color, who is filled with gusto & the joy of life. You always make me smile :)) even tonight when I am feeling sad about a friend who has died much too soon. xxx

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