(In this picture I am the enigmatic Madame Defarge. You know, from A Tale of Two Cities.
Later, I showed my true colors with my denouncement of D'arnabraham as a nobleman and an enemy of the people. But that's another story.)
I think I've always felt older than I am. It will be nice for me as I age, I suppose, to be growing more and more age-appropriate in my ideas and interests (rather than trying vainly to hold onto my receding youth).
(Note: I reserve the right to not be like an old lady in every aspect of life)
Ways in which I am like an old lady
- I don't like roller coasters, or really, excitement of any kind
- I don't like watching others on roller coasters
- I wear my pants too high
- I frequently bemoan the death of "good manners"
- My first, visceral response to seeing Olympic skiers at the peak of their sport, executing jumps and other maneuvers with great physical skill, is, "Stop! Someone is going to get hurt!"
- I would rather sit home under a blanket with my raspberry-leaf tea than go anywhere
- I shake my head sadly at the state of Today's Youth (hopefully I will learn to overcome this one when I am a parent to some of Today's Youth)
- I creak when I get out of bed
- I think most music is Too Loud
- I always complain that the action in movies is "moving too fast" [sometimes I follow this with, "When I was a kid, they had nice slow-moving movies . . . like Sleeping Beauty!"]
- I fall asleep reading
- I find myself unable to utter "slang" words such as "cop" and "bucks" ["Don't say 'awful,' Jo; it's slang!"]
- I darn socks
- I crochet [May not count---becoming trendy]
- I tell my children that "all I want for [insert holiday] is for my children to get along with each other!" [this is the ultimate old-person thing---my Dad always used to say this and I thought it was so lame---I thought for sure he was just saying it to manipulate us and not because he really didn't want anything---but now I find it's true for me too! Sorry, Dad!]
- I forget things
- I have referred to various persons of my acquaintance as "a nice young man"
- I sometimes clutch my seat handle and murmur "Oh!" in a feeble, tremulous tone while Sam is driving