It dawned on me today that I’m turning into an old person. I’m adopting behaviors that should be reserved for those much older than I am. I already sew, knit and crochet – how much more ganny-like can I become? I don’t know the answer to that last question, but here’s proof that I think things are getting worse:
- I went to a matinee movie
- I only went to the movies because I had a free movie ticket
- Before setting foot into the theater today, I hadn’t been to a movie theater in over 2 years
- I was stunned to see the ticket prices, even for the matinee – at $9 for an adult
- I scoffed at the ridiculous prices for popcorn and sodas and refused to pay that insane amount of money for something I could get outside of the theater for a much more reasonable sum of money
- I parked all the way in the back of the parking lot – because it was one of the few spots in the shade
- I was surprised to discover that there is a vending machine that makes and sells cotton candy – and then I scoffed at the $3 price tag (of course)
I think there’s a point in everyone’s life when you realize that you are turning into your parents. Those moments are happening to me more frequently these days. I suddenly find myself with knowledge that I thought my mother was a GENIUS for knowing – like where to find just about any product in a grocery store. Well, the peanuts will most likely be near the snack foods like the chips and such. Need sugar? Check the baking aisle! I’ve even learned plenty of useful household tips like: How to get wax out of carpet? Use a paper bag and an iron, of course! All these silly things are things that you don’t really know as a kid, then you grow up, move out and call to ask your mom with some seemingly random question and when she’d rattle off the answer, you would think to yourself “How’d she know that?” My mom used to answer that question with “You know, it’s not like I fell off the turnip truck yesterday, honey. You learn these things when you’ve been around a while”. Well, that’s where I am. I can throw together meals without a recipe. I can navigate most grocery stores and find what I need by guessing what will be down most aisles. Typical mom stuff, except that I’m not a mom, I’m just growing into being an old lady :)
I’m also seeing parts of my father surface – I remember when he got his AARP card in the mail – it was right before we went on a trip to Walt Disney World with my father, step-mother and their two kids. We were buying tickets at Universal Studios and he whipped out that card and asked if there was a discount for AARP members. I can’t recall if he saved any money or not, but I remember thinking “Dude, you’re not THAT old – seriously?” Anyway, I can totally see myself doing that now. He used to seek out shady spots in a parking lot and park WAAAAY out of the way, just to park in the shade…and then he’d remark on his incredible luck of finding a shady spot, even if it was a half mile from our destination….see #6 above. I rest my case.
After perusing the AARP member discounts, I see that I could have saved 49% off of a small popcorn and drink at the movie theater today – darn it! Sadly, though – I still have many more years before I am eligible for membership :(
Yes, it’s scary when you realize that you’re turning into your parents. Thanks for asking.