A Senior Moment

Well, it’s official…I’ve had my first senior moment.  I was buying a few things at a local store and the lady asked me if I qualified for the “Senior’s Discount”.  I asked what that was, and I could tell she was choosing her words carefully just in case she made an assumption about my age that was incorrect.  “If you’re 55 years and over you get a 20% discount on your purchase today.”

Well, a 20% discount would save me a bit of money so even though it pained me to admit the truth, I said, “I’m a senior.”

I’ve been in denial for a couple of years, even though I happily admit to being a Grandma, I don’t think about that as being synonymous with being a senior.  I always thought a “senior” was someone WAY older than me now.  I’m just WAY too young to be a senior!  But as I looked at the receiptimages8W5B1TRN that read: “SOLD TO: Senior”, I could almost feel a few gray hairs sprout as I left the store.

Ironically the items I purchased today were make-up products and believe it or not, they were all advertised as having “anti-aging” ingredients.  It won’t reverse the signs of aging, just cover it up a bit…or so I thought.  Obviously it didn’t fool the lady at the counter because she had no trouble determining I was a “senior” regardless of any make-up I wore.

When I got home I thought about the encounter and took a good, long look in the mirror and had to smile.  I told someone the other day that I would NEVER want to go back in time and be a teenager or a young adult again.  I made a lot of mistakes during those years; I learned those lessons and I feel no need to repeat them.  If I am totally honest, I’m completely and wonderfully comfortable in this season of my life.

I’ve got a few wrinkles and yes, some gray hairs but I wear them like a badge of honour.  I’ve earned them!  I intend to earn a head full of them before I’m done.

“Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life.”  (Proverbs 16:31)








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5 Responses to A Senior Moment

  1. Bilingual-Moi says:

    wow… I call this ‘being senior’

  2. Martin says:

    At our Modesto church group, Seniors in Action, we refer to ourselves as recycled teenagers. We claim that even though our kids are getting old, we are forever young. Of course this facade gets harder to maintain when your great granddaughter graduates from high school.

  3. dianegates says:

    Well said, Lynn! I’ve earned each gray hair and wrinkle too. And I love those senior discounts. I’ve even found clerks being more cordial which opens the door for conversation. Like you, I wouldn’t want to do it all over again, even though I’ve made my share of whopper mistakes too. Great blog!

  4. martha whitten says:

    Hi Lynn,

    Well it is a done deal now that I read this Journey Thoughts email… I am a soon to be 70 year old and has been coloring my hair for as long as I can remember! I have recently had thoughts about letting it be natural and embracing the GRAY. When I read your message it has given me the incentive to go forward. *”Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life.” (Proverbs 16:31)*

    Thanks for the God whisper.



  5. Norma Donnelly says:

    Good stuff

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