In Wal-Mart the other day while checking out I glanced around at the other checkout lanes and noticed something peculiar. Apparently, the world has become middle aged. I never did like the term middle aged, it sounds akin to The Middle Ages, The Dark Ages, or The Dinosaur Age. I may be somewhere north of the middle age mark, but I am no dinosaur.
Who invents these terms anyway? I have never been consulted, nor asked if I approve of the terms relating to people my age. To my grandchildren I expect to be thought of as “old”, after all when I was their age I thought anyone over thirty was old. But for the rest of the world, I resent being thought of as an old person. I am perhaps well seasoned, experienced, knowledgeable, well practiced, qualified, capable, and competent, but I am not old!
If I happen to forget something, I have selective memory. If I don’t pay attention to what you are saying, I have selective hearing. If I can’t read anything without glasses, it’s because the print is much smaller than it used to be. If my bones creak when I get out of bed, or walk, or move at all, it’s because I played hard in my youth. If my waistline is a tad larger than it used to be, it’s only because I no longer feel it necessary to compete for the attention being svelte used to bring me. If dressing up for dinner means putting on my shoes and going to Denney’s, it’s only because I’m wise enough to know a penny saved is a penny earned. If I am in bed by nine o’clock it’s only because I realize the health benefits of a good night’s sleep.
There is a big difference between growing older and getting old. I for one choose to grow older gracefully, while fighting being old with every breath in my body. And as my younger brother told me once, “You’re still pretty for an old girl. You know you’re an old girl now, right?”
Rie McGaha is the author of several books ranging from erotic romance to paranormal, fantasy, historical, and and suspense. She also produces book trailers, works as a freelance editor, is a review editor, and promotes other authors on her blogs Sizzling Releases, An Author's Tale, and Author Offerings. She is the mother of 12 and her 26th grandchild is due in October. She rescues abused animals, nurses them back to health and tries to find new homes for them. In her spare time she likes to garden and shoot weapons.