The past few weeks, I've encountered something that slightly disturbs me. I've been called young lady at least 5 times by people I don't know (retail, nail salon, etc). All of the people that called me young lady are not very old themselves (mostly 30-somethings) and it makes me wonder, have I gotten old enough that people think calling me young lady will make me feel young again? I know that sounds crazy BUT, I have worked with the public long enough to know that if you call a woman that is obviously not a young lady, young lady, you are trying to make her feel young again. The alternative is that I'm being paranoid, which is completely possible. I just get this feeling that I don't look younger than I am anymore. No one cards me for drinks anymore either.
The funniest part is that I really am not concerned about my age. I doubt very much that at 30 or 40 or even 50 I'll care to disclose my true number. I really just wonder if I've reached this point.