Tuesday, November 30, 2010

On Not Being a Loveable Old Lady

I still carry on as though I'm twenty-five. And then something like this pulls me up short.

A casting breakdown came in our office today, and they were wanting to cast - - wait for it - -

a loveable old lady, 55-65

FIFTY-FIVE TO SIXTY-FIVE? I'm fifty-four. Nooooooooo! One more year and that'll be it. Zimmer frames! Those comfy slippers that zip up the front! Fawn cardigans! Hair permed in curls like a sheep (okay, my hair does that all by itself anyway, but I'll be mighty proud of it in a year or so and just waiting for it to go white).

Perhaps it's because I mostly work with people who are younger than I am, but I really don't think of myself as being "old" in any way.

I travel about to work all over the place. I work long hours and I think I have a young-at-heart, enthusiastic approach to it all. I know it's partly because I enjoy all my work - I think that really helps.

People often think I'm younger than I am - though I'm not arrogant enough to think it's because I look it! Granted, I don't have many wrinkles, but I don't think it's that. I think it's more that the young people I work with think simply can't imagine anyone being over fifty and still having nearly all of a brain and their own teeth.

And I think that's probably the key to this casting breakdown - it was, no doubt, written by someone in their early twenties. I remember being in a student play when I was nineteen, and was playing someone at the impossibly ancient age of forty.

"You're walking too fast," said the director. "Over-forties shuffle."

Do you know what? They jolly well don't. To be fair to my nineteen-year old self, I disagreed with him even then.

The only thing I would say about over-fifties (of which, remember, I am one) and it is that when we sit down we make a little "Ahhhhhh" of pleasure.

But that's it! That's my only concession! I'm just not having this "old" tag. Grrrrr!


Blogger Silverback said...

Sorry old girl, but you're.....well ok....you're middle aged ! Any better ?
Anyway, you'll know when you're 'old age' when that sit down of yours produces a little more of a noise than an 'ahhhhhh' and it's time to buy a dog to blame.


6:36 pm  
Blogger Jenny said...

OLD lady at 55-65??? NOOOOOO!!!!Whoever wrote that should be hung, drawn and quartered!

9:12 pm  
Blogger Ailbhe said...

My mother was turning into a little old lady at about 60, I suppose. Not before.

9:31 pm  
Blogger Yorkshire Pudding said...

Sitting down? That's not the giveaway activity. It's the getting up from low seats that is genuinely taxing for the over 55's. Give me a hand somebody!

12:01 am  
Anonymous Jay at The Depp Effect said...

Oh, we 'old ladies' make noises when we do all kinds of things - and before Silverback opens his mouth again, I'll clarify: getting up, sitting down, bending over, getting into or out of cars, picking stuff up from the floor or even tying our shoelaces! But for all that, I don't really believe I'm a day over 25!

'the over forties shuffle'? BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!! I might make noises, but I don't shuffle, nor (I might add) am I a 'cauliflower'. So there!

Actually, some people are born old, aren't they? We have a neighbour who has been an 'old lady' ever since we lived here and I'm pretty sure she's within five years of me.

12:20 am  

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