A Funny Thing Happened at Bookstore Checkout

“You don’t stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing.” George Bernard Shaw

I sometimes joke about getting older. I tell people frequently that getting older is NOT for the timid. I have to say, though, with utmost humility, that I don’t look my age. At least I don’t think I do! Miss Clairol or her salon equivalent has a good bit to do with that, as I am starting to develop what my sister and I not-so-affectionately call Bride of Frankenstein hair, but on most days I neither look nor feel my age. Apparently I’m a bit delusional about this, as was made abundantly clear to me recently at my local bookseller…

As part of my ongoing quest to begin making a living at this blogging thing, the Hubs and I made a MAJOR purchase this week. I’ve crossed over to the dark side, given up the world of PCs, and bought a MacBook Pro. The Hubs found a REALLY great deal on eBay, so we went ahead and got it as our anniversary gift to each other. He fully acknowledges that he probably won’t be using it much, but I also keep track of our household expenses on a spreadsheet so he’ll at least reap the benefit of that. My story… Anyhow, if you’ve bought a computer or anything electronic in the last 5 years or so, you know that user manuals are, for all intents and purposes, extinct. Call me old-fashioned, but nothing beats a good old paper user manual. So after dinner Hubs, Sonny & I piled into the Jeep and made our way to the bookstore to find a user manual. I really love the “[Fill in the blank] for Dummies” series of books since they’re written in plain English without a lot of jargon to bog me down. I found one for the MacBook so I picked it up and took it to the checkout. The clerk was probably in her late teens or early twenties, pleasant enough, until she made a comment that, once I got over the shock of it, made me feel like I was 100 years old. “MacBook for Dummies”, huh? Yeah, people your age probably need books like this. Um…excuse me?? I’m not exactly sure where the heck that came from but you can be sure I didn’t see it coming! I’m not old!! Admittedly she was probably closer in age to my youngest niece (17) than she is even to my Sonny, but that still doesn’t make me old! After my wounded pride got over it a bit the Hubs and I had a very good laugh over the whole thing. It reminds me now of one of the absolute BEST movie lines of all time-Kathy Bates in Fried Green Tomatoes…”I’m older and I have more insurance.” HA! Don’t mess with Kathy Bates in the Winn Dixie parking lot! And don’t mess with the Older Wiser Money Miser at the bookstore check out counter! 🙂

So have any of my, shall we say, readers of a certain age ever experienced this? Please leave a comment and share!!

Be well and God Bless-until we meet again…

Author: olderwisermoneymiser

I’m a 50-something wife, mom, and full time accounting administrator sharing my journey from work to retirement.

30 thoughts on “A Funny Thing Happened at Bookstore Checkout”

  1. Sweetie, you are closer to my kids’ age than mine. Two of my friends from grammar school (do they even call it that any more? We were the first generation to even have a junior high school category, but I’m digressing) and I were getting together after well more than 50 years at our old elementary school which had been turned into an art gallery and MUSEUM. We were eating in an extension which hadn’t even been thought of back in our day. A young man commented and we told him that we had attended school there. Then he asked if we had thrown pencils up to stick in the acoustical ceiling. He was dumbfounded to learn that that part of the campus wasn’t there when we attended. I think he was wondering who let us out of “the home.”

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    1. This was probably the first time I’ve ever had anyone be so obvious to me about being “older”. Hubs and I really had a good laugh about it on the way out of the store. I’ll admit-getting older and being here to talk about it beats the alternative any day! Thanks!! 🙂

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  2. I once had a substitute teacher where I worked ask if the baby on my hip was my grand-daughter. She was my daughter. I was 39. That same time period I was asked at the movie theater if I wanted the senior discount. That was about 15 years ago!

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  3. My adult kids make comments on a semi-regular basis – they laugh at how we text using our index finger and not our thumbs, my son laughed when my husband saw something on a FB ad that seemed too good to be true – and was! We didn’t buy it but our son was quick to point out how my husband nearly got sucked in and should he put a password lock on his online shopping! Oh how they love to mock us! They also comment on any phones that have the keypad sound turned on – now when I hear someone texting I automatically think they’re “old”!
    #MLSTL 🙂

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  4. Yes little checkout girl, the first computer class I took involved keypunch cards. But guess what? That also means I was there at the beginning of the personal computer explosion. But seriously, she wasn’t saying that only old people need help learning how to use a computer. The younger generation doesn’t read instructions. They watch YouTube videos instead. Anything you ever wanted to learn is now condensed into a video including MacBook beginner guides. And even better? They’re free!

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    1. YouTube is great until your internet connection gets hinky or the site goes down. Nothing beats a book! Hubs asked for GPS for Christmas one year. His version-a map and a compass! Yeah, we’re old-fashioned but sometimes low-or no-tech beats high-tech! Thanks, Jennifer.

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  5. I have been taking a few graduate level classes and my age has become a badge to me. Some said something about people being cranky and I said “I know that I am old cranky” and someone said “You’re not that old.”, I asked that person how they were and I said “I have swim shorts that are older than you.” Everyone thought it was funny. #MLSTL

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  6. I recently had my preventive exams and heard more than I’d like to admit, “When you reach a certain age…” usually followed by something unpleasant. My grandma used to say, “Getting old is hell, but it beats the alternative!” My youngest granddaughter did recently tell me I was in really good shape for my age. I’m not sure which part of that sentence to focus on.

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  7. I remember a time when we were on vacation and stopped by the local grocery store for snacks before checking into the hotel. My children were with me at the time (approximate ages 14, 12, and 7). The checkout clerk asked me if I wanted the senior citizen discount (?!) While offended at the time, I now enjoy that 10% savings 🙂

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  8. Hi Kim! Like you I don’t feel I look my age – well people tell me this although maybe they are just being kind. I’m 61 in two weeks but in my mind and my body I still feel much younger. A few weeks ago, we had my granddaughter’s 11th birthday. My 8 year old grandson, very seriously, said ‘Nanna Sue, they are letting old people try out for Ninja Warrior so maybe you should try out next year. I’m sure you would make it through at least the first obstacle’. Ninja Warrior is a TV show where contestants are pushed to the limit in an obstacle course. I wasn’t sure if I should be happy that he thinks I’m fit enough to give it a try, or unhappy that he put me in the ‘old people’ category. LOL:) Good luck with your Blogging endeavours and learning about your new Mac. I’m sure you will give the millenials a run for their money. Thanks for being part of our #MLSTL community and sharing your posts with us. Have a great week!

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  9. This post made me chuckle and the comments are great. I don’t have a story to share, but I have noticed the grocery clerks are now calling me “honey” and “sweetheart”, and when I have any problem at all with the debit machine, they rush around to help me as if I’m too feeble to figure it out.

    I , too, delusionaly don’t think I look my age, which is evidenced by younger people who ask how old I am. I often get the response “Oh my GOD! You don’t look THAT OLD!” Ummm…thank you??? #MLSTL

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  10. Hi Kim,
    I’m seriously thinking of buying a MacBook laptop. I’ve always used Windows-based laptops, and was wondering how I would do with learning how to use a Mac. Truth be told, I’ll probably just let me son figure it out and teach me! And I remember that line from Kathy Bates (one of many great lines in that movie)! Good luck with your new computer. I’m sure you’ll have it figured out in no time. #MLSTL.

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  11. haha… I think I was about 60 when I found myself behind a woman in her 80s at a grocery check-out. When asked if she wanted the link to go online and apply for a points card, she chuckled and said she had no interest in computers. My own mother was the exact opposite but I empathized. I paid for my groceries and as I wandered across the parking lot to my car, I was chased down by the woman who had been behind me – she was about 40. She then asked if all us older woman were afraid of computers – that the thought of being afraid of computers as she got older was a dreadful thought! I quickly realized there was no point in pointing out the obvious, I responded that no, some of we older women enjoy the digital life. I saved my eye roll for her departure.
    If anyone throws the “you don’t look that old” comment at me I’ve finally trained myself to say “But, actually I do – this is what the mid-60s look like now!”

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  12. I had to laugh…after working with PCs since the pre-Windows days (I was an IT professional for 30 years), I moved to a Mac four years ago and I’ve never looked back. I’ve found work arounds, shortcuts or apps to handle the differences, tons of inexpensive software (thank you LibreOffice, no more Microsoft) and am on my original MacBook Pro from the original purchase. I’d be on at least my second and possibly already dreaming of a third, back in the PC days. No slowdowns, upgrades have been easy and never a BSOD! LOL!

    BTW, hubby now has a MacBook Air and a Mac Mini (that will eventually go into his “hobby” garage and I have both a MacBook Air (for travel – I write mystery novels) and a MacBook Pro (my everyday computer). We both have iPads and iPhones and love AirPrint and AirDrop!!

    #MLSTL visitor (shared on SM)

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      1. It took me less than a week to get comfortable but I had found a lot of shortcut hints. I was thankful the COMMAND key was just like the windows CTRL key so all my usual shortcuts worked (copy, paste, etc). The one I had to research was forward delete – in case you haven’t found it, it’s FN+DELETE. Also, the OPTION key brings up SAVE AS in menus where it’s not showing.

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