Recently, I was in the ladies room at my office and ran across our cleaning lady. She is an obviously elderly woman, has a tiny frame, smiles a lot, usually very pleasant, and a very physically strong woman. She often brags about being a bank executive in her younger days and that cleaning bathrooms was just a retirement job. She pushes her much loaded cart that carries cleaning supplies and equipment (which is quite a bit) with such strength and speed that would make any young person jealous.
On this particular day after her usual greeting of "hi, hello, how's your day going today?", and my usual response that the day was going fine, I commended her on how well she moves around with her cart and proceeded to ask her how old she was. Oh my gosh? She turned purple! "Oh I don't ever say, I don't ever say!" she replied and was obviously annoyed at being asked. Here I was, getting ready to compliment her on how strong she seemed, pushing her rather heavy cart through our office corridors, cleaning each bathroom on all ten floors twice every single day. She obviously found me to be intrusive so I quickly apologized and went back to desk. I shared the story with a few co-workers and found out they had similar experiences with her after getting ready to compliment her on her marvelous strength she displays every day. She's one among many women - young and old - who responds in a similar manner when asked that question. Keep in mind that this question is usually asked in response to something that person said or did and many times, a compliment is what would follow. But, no! It is often misconstrued as the person asking the question being intrusive and getting ready to tell them how old they look. What nonsense! They’re not realizing they just missed a heck of a compliment!
Women, embrace your age! As for me, I most certainly do. I am as young as I feel (and I do feel young) and as a result, I act that way. My thoughts, actions, what I eat...almost anything I do, show that I think and feel that way. Whenever I'm out with my granddaughters and one of them happen yell out "Grandma", I oftentimes have someone ask me "did she just call you grandma?" You should see the grin on my face! I remember as a little girl, thinking that anyone aged 40 or over was considered old. Once I hit my 30s, that thought went out the door.
In this day and age, people are taking better care of themselves and are living longer lives. I have no time to start thinking or feeling old before I really am old. Why is this so? Because, I am as young as I feel.