My former employee asked me when I had worked at a particular park. When I said, "1991," his response was "Oh wow, I was one year old."
I was immediately annoyed. "Wow?" Was this necessary? Pointing out how young you are (or how old someone else is) doesn't seem to have a purpose to me. This made me think a little more about one of my pet peeves.
Maybe I'm a little sensitive about this because I'm not a young person anymore, but it seems to me that, in a society where it is not okay to remark on someone's weight, mental ability, ethnicity and a host of other things, it is still acceptable to put someone down or describe them using their age when it has no point in the story.
Recently someone in one of my Facebook groups asked about getting into personal training after a career change. He stated that he had worked in the corporate world for 21 years, and then added, "I know, I'm old." We do this to ourselves! I've been guilty of this myself: why do we do this? Why do we discount ourselves? And why do we use "older" or "elderly" to describe someone if it doesn't further the narrative?
I took a deep breath before I responded to my former employee. Then I typed, "Don't worry, the universe willing, you'll get here too."