I hit a rather exciting milestone this weekend while hiking down my long road to recovery from chronic Lyme Disease. On Saturday morning I headed to Wal-Mart for the gathering of the groceries. What set this week apart from any other, was that I did not wear my leg brace. And purposely left my handicapped parking decal at home.
I’m most certain that I had a spring in my step. Which is decidedly limp-free much of the time. Before I began, I thought I would swing by McDonald’s to rustle up a coffee before beginning.
I stepped up to the counter, and a young, hip, early 20-something year old girl waited on me.
Me: “I’ll have a small coffee, please.”
Her: “That’ll be 64 cents.”
Me: “Really?” (trying to hide my excitement) “Is it a sale?”
Her: “No, a senior coffee.”
(Insert sound of phonograph needle ripping across an LP.)
Me: “Excuse me?”
Her: (raising her voice) “IT’S A SENIOR COFFEE.”
The frugal side of me fought with the prideful side of me that just wanted to yell at her, JUST CHARGE ME THE REGULAR PRICE! AND BTW, I HAVE UNDERWEAR THAT ARE OLDER THAN YOU ARE.
Me: “Okay, I’m just curious, at what age does one earn the title of ‘senior’ at McDonald’s?”
And with that she handed me change for a dollar.
I was ALMOST as incensed as the two years following Jensen’s birth when I was continually asked when the baby was due.
At least then the person (usually a woman) recognized that I was CHILD BEARING AGE.
I gathered up what remained of my dignity, filed my change in my coin purse, and clutched my senior coffee as I continued on my feeble way.
I am determined to use this to my frugal advantage. I understand that Kohl’s offers a senior discount at age 50. What are some other senior offers that I can look forward to in my waning years?