Just Because I Look Old, Please Don’t Treat Me Like I Am
The other night I finally got around to watching Book Club with Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen. While not a great movie, I enjoyed it. It might have been because I love just about anything with Diane Keaton in it.
Without giving anything away in case you have it in your queue on Amazon to watch later, there was a storyline where the daughters of one of the characters wanted her to come and live with them. They nagged her over her salt intake, the possibility of falling and not being able to get up, and freaked out over her new boyfriend. As they said, it would be easier for THEM if they didn’t have to go to where she was if something went wrong.
While watching that part, I wanted to scream at Diane Keaton (ok...I gave away some of it) Fool...you’re still young and you have Andy Garcia after you!!!
And it hit me that I have been guilty of what those daughters were doing...making assumptions just because someone is of a certain age.
Many years ago, there was a client who was older, probably late 70’s and at her consultation, I just assumed that she was planning on a move to a smaller home. I was talking about editing everything and smaller pieces of furniture.
She said to me...
“Honey, I have a lot of entertaining still to do. I’ll let you know when I’m ready for a smaller home.”
Speaking on behalf of many who are of a certain age, trust me, we’re not as old as we may look. We’ll let you know when we’re ready to stop having fun.