Apparently this is an open discussion to discuss anything! So I am going to get super vulnerable and share something horrible that happened to me recently. It all began innocently enough when I was cleaning the kitchen after dinner and realized that I did not have quite enough detergent for running a load in the dishwasher. Not a big deal at all as I live near a Walgreens so it it like a 1/2 block walk. Maybe not the greatest logistics for resale value of our home, but truly super convenient on an almost daily basis for ‘forgotten’ items. So I popped over to pick up the detergent. Admittedly I was NOT looking my best–hair and make up were decidedly not done, but after the events that transpired I think I need to begin listening to my mother and not run even the briefest of errands without a full face of make up.
Why? Um, because the clerk ( a young ditzy girl) cheerfully asked me if I was 55 or older as it was ‘senior citizen’ day so there were discounts. Now at 43, I was not super thrilled to be asked if I were 55, but at that point I was still giving her grace as judging ages can be tough and her job probably encourages her to promote the deal, etc. However, when I shook my head and gently told her that I was not in fact 55 she responded by gasping and saying, “REALLY?”!!!! Um, not okay.
You don’t expect a simple errand to become a soul crushing experience but that one certainly was–I returned home in tears.
The core issue is: words matter. We all, (including myself!!!) need to think before we speak.
The good news is that I have become much more diligent about my skin care regimen!!!