Wednesday, April 13, 2011

get outta my way, Granma

It seems yesterday was Old Chooks Day in town. There were grannies (and a few granpas) everywhere, in Jeans West and the supermarket and shuffling their way down the street.



And you know what made me mad?

Little-Miss-I'm-So-Busy-and-Important-Talking-On-My-Phone-That-I'm-Going-To-Push-Past-You-Silly-Slow-Old-Lady-And-Too-Bad-If-You-Lose-Your-Balance-Because-I'M-WALKING-HERE.

You know what, sweetheart?
You might be 20 now but you won't stay that way forever.
God willing, one day YOU will be the Old Chook with a cane or a Zimmer frame, shuffling round the shops in the cold and every one of your joints will be aching and your bones will be a lot more fragile than they used to be.
Your balance won't be crash hot and your hearing might be gone, and when some Important Young Thing goes swishing by you I hope she's a little more careful than you were today.

8 comments:

  1. I will double that !! HEAR HEAR!!!

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  2. You tell her Toni!! Woot woot

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  3. Makes my blood boil! Go, Toni!! :)

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  4. I've always been careful with the oldies because I know that I will be where they are one day. It's happening already with the achy joints etc, but I don't have a zimmer frame just yet.
    A lot of my customers are old and they always look for me and come to whichever checkout I'm on because they like how I pack their bags and then lift them into their trolleys for them. Also I don't rush them when they're fumbling for their money to pay me.

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  5. Some people just need a good smack.

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  6. This reminds me of one of my favorite movie scenes - from Fried Green Tomatoes. When Kathy Bates' character rams into the VW of the Important Young Things who took her parking space and says, "Face it girls, I'm older and I have more insurance."

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