Coming out of the doldrums and doing OK
Lovin' Those Kids
My granddaughter Emma, age 10, was complaining about a substitute teacher to me.
"She was grouchy, Mamama (yours truly), and really old. The teacher just kept saying, move away from there, get over here, and things like that."
As she was telling me this story, Emma changed the sound of her voice to this shrill, squeaky tone to mimic this poor lady. I shook my head and sat down with my always sweet grandchild and explained to her that just because the woman was older, did not mean she wasn't a good teacher, and probably with all the experience she had, she was better than most. I pointed to myself and said,
"I'm old and do you think that I can't do things well anymore."
"Oh no, Mamama, you are not old and she was a lot older than you."
I knew she was wrong about that, but I did not interrupt that statement. I should not have paused though, because Emma continued.
" You know, if you got some wrinkle cream like they show on TV, and did something different with your hair, you would look way younger."
Age discrimination starts young.