In one way we have done much better in 2011. We haven't had all the breakdowns at the Highrise we had in 2010. But personally I feel it is not my year. I must have mega aged.
A couple of months ago, R sat next to a woman on a tram. We were clearly together. 'Would you like my seat?', the woman asked me. I looked over my left shoulder and right shoulder. Nope, it was clear she was speaking to me. 'I'm fine thanks', I replied. 'You sure? I have been sitting in lectures all day and I am getting off in a couple of stops.'
Err, was that someone offering an older person a seat on public transport? I consoled myself with she was a person in her thirties and still going to uni lectures and just wanted a bit of social interaction with sensible down to earth people. And interact we did before she left the tram.
A couple of weeks later a co-worker who I don't speak to for reasons in the past, but he keeps trying to engage me, said 'How old are you? 63? When are you going to retire?' FYI, I am nearly 54. Ouch, that hurts to see it written in ink. He was deliberately being nasty.
Last week we got on a tram and there was one vacant seat. R is suffering from a cold. Instead of grabbing the seat for myself, I suggested he sit, which he did. 'Would you like a seat?', said a voice. Who? Me? Yes, it was me she was speaking too. 'I'm Fine thanks', and I smiled at her with a kindly elderly person look, while I felt like smacking her in the face. 'Can't you see I am only 25 you stupid child.' The man sitting next to R left the tram and I sat and then an old woman got on the tram and I felt compelled to give her my seat.
And then there was the incident at the Otway Fly before we went to Adelaide. R requested a Senior's price admittance, to which he is entitled, and it was automatically assumed I was a Senior too, and also entitled. I should have kept my gob shut, paid the lower price and shuffled away.
There is a certain smugness you feel when you get older as you start to relax into your older years. While clearly I don't feel entirely comfortable with it, I am going to take full advantage of it.
Off to practice my glare at school kids look to shame them into giving me a seat.