A woman I met today, a woman dressed in a mini skirt and flashy orange sweater, a woman too skinny to be comforting to anybody’s baby-child, a woman whose face and body looked, to me, like 20 miles of bad road, a woman trained to sell high-end houses and to prey upon the vanities of those who find themselves to be just terribly important, a woman appropriated to be the take-over trustee of an abandoned church building, told me today that I’m not old.

She is possibly 5 or 10 years younger than me. And yes, I admit, I probably do look younger than the image in her mirror.

But I am old. Trust me on this.

I dyed my hair last Saturday. (To get rid of the pole-cat look that a stripe of white down the side of my otherwise-brown head had bequeathed upon me these past few years, since Scooter died.)

I artfully applied some L’Oriel old-lady make-up before I left for work this morning. If you don’t move in too close, my skin looks radiant and flawless.

I am trying to “pass” for a woman in her 40’s. Only because I need to find myself a new job. And nobody wants to hire wonderfully skillful me, if they can see that I am 60 years old.

So it’s all smoke and mirrors, kids!

I can do wonderful things as a prayerful employee. I’ve got skills that God was developing in me when the 20-somethings, 30-somethings, 40-something’s, and even 50-somethings were still babes-in-arms.

I guess it’s good that I’ve always looked way younger than my years. With some extra help from the science of L’Oriel, I guess maybe I can even almost fool the youthful hiring managers out there. That’s my plan, anyway. But the plan sucks!

Sigh. We do what we gotta do to survive, don’t we?

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5 Responses to Perspective

  1. I know what you mean…they only want young people, fresh out of college so they can train them to be monkeys. I’ve been trying to find a ‘decent’ job for years, and no one wants an old lady, for sure, and I’m only … well, I’m celebrating the twentieth anniversary of my 30th birthday this year! lol

    • Rani Kaye says:

      Holy cow, girlfriend! You really ARE experienced! And I do believe that prolly NObody is bright enuff to want to profit from your experience. Their loss.

      I expect that prolly I won’t find a new job, either, and that my hubby & me will need to make some adjustments to further down-size our already-simple lifestyle.

    • Rani Kaye says:

      I am glad that the young ones are getting hired, don’t get me wrong – it’s just that I do good stuff – and I need employment to survive, too!

      Sent from my iPhone

  2. J9 says:

    Good luck, sweetie! I hope the road to gainful employment is short.

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