Janice and I are only weeks away from the 35 year milestone. But strangely we don’t look that old.
And while I am yet to be bothered by wrinkles, I do have the occasional annoyance of people thinking I’m too young to deserve respect. (Yes, I do realize wrinkles will be appearing very soon. In fact, last week Janice just discovered her first wrinkle!)
But looking young isn’t always fun. For instance, while in the changing room trying on clothes to wear at BlogHer, I overheard one of the sales ladies say to another, “There’s a little girl in that room.”
I was horrified… “A little girl!”
I drew back the curtain and confronted the rude woman. “Excuse me, but did you just call me a little girl?”
Quite surprised that I had heard her and stood up to her, she replied, “Oh, sorry. What should I call you? — Young lady?”
Very surprised, she tried to back-pedal, “Well, that’s still young to me.”
I replied. “Perhaps. But that was rather disrespectful.”
As you’d assume, I didn’t purchase much at that shop. Instead the next day I went to a nicer store where a proper saleslady dressed me brilliantly.
Even though I’m not actually trying to look ‘younger’, I do think I’d like to read the book “How Not to Look Old” that Jo-Lynne just reviewed over on our sister site, 5 Minutes for Books. It sounds like it is full of practical suggestions and product recommendations.
What about you? Have you ever had a situation where someone made incorrect assumptions about your age — either prematurely aging you or reducing you to a little girl not worthy of their attention?