Friday, December 18, 2009

Is That Grandma?

So this morning I joined the legions of folks at Kroger, but I was just there to get a prescription from the pharmacy, not bread and milk. We can get by with what we have in the freezer but I do need my blood pressure meds.

The reason for the impromptu trip was weather. We are expecting a major snow event. The last big 'un, which was in 1993, left us without electricity and stuck in the house for about a week.

The next 24 hours are supposed to bring us a foot or more of snow.

Anyway, I hit the tail-end of a rather long line and was quickly joined by a mother with a small girl. The child was aged 3, or so she promptly informed everyone within hearing distance.

I smiled at her and made a little small talk with the mom, then turned around to face the front of the line. "Mama, is that Grandma?" the little girl said, giving a hesitant tug on my coat as she asked.

Yikes.

I turned around, hoping I wasn't glaring but I might have been. I had never been mistaken for a GRANDMA before. "No, that's not Grandma, but she does wear her hair a lot like that so I can see how you might have made that mistake," the mother, who was maybe 30, said.

Okay, so maybe the soft white in my hair does glisten a lot like tinsel these days, and yes, maybe I am really old enough to actually be somebody's grandmother, had we had children. Maybe I dress rather conservative and neatly. But I have pretty good skin for my age, with only a wrinkle here and there. I get out and do things.

I am not a grandma.

You can't be hip and be a grandma. I am hip, aren't I?

Aren't I?

Anyone?

5 comments:

  1. Don't ask me...I'm busy bemoaning the presence of sagging jowls :-) I'd like to be up there for that storm...I'll bet it's going to be beautiful...as long as you don't have to go out in it!

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  2. Hip Hip Hoorah! You Are HIP!! Cuz I say so.

    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

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  3. I'm always trying to convince our kids that I was "cool" once...they just roll their eyes. I say, you're as hip as you feel! : )
    I was at Kroger this morning! This was my routine shopping day, but oh boy, was I ever sorry I was there.

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  4. Of COURSE you're hip, Anita!

    Grandmas are getting younger and younger looking all the time, so you needn't worry.

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  5. Considering that my one friend is 4months younger than me and is a grandmother already to a 3yr. old, I guess it's possible. Of course, I have a 6 year old myself, so it could go either way!

    I think all kids that young think people over 35 are old. My kids tell me that all the time :)

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