I am encountering people perceiving me as less than competent when my grey hair is exposed.
That I am no spring chicken.
That I am nearing my expiration date in terms of my opinions and social relevance.
That I am out of shape and it is too late to do anything about it.
That I have instantly become daft.
I was in the supermarket. I bought rutabagas. Not turnips.
At checkout, the young man is looking up the vegetable he can enter the right code. I tell him it is a rutabaga.
"No, it is a turnip."
"It is a rutabega," I repeat.
"No, it's a turnip."
Now I could have stood in a busy supermarket arguing the point but I have learned that there are certain things your should not fight to the end of the line.
I could have yanked his behind over to the vegetable section where someone had put a sign that said rutabegas. I could have pulled out my smartphone and spent five minutes searching for a mobile photo of a rutabega.
No, I let the boy child ring it up as he pleased.
Let the record show that I know my vegetables and I did indeed buy a yellow rutabega.
Yes, I know that in some parts of the country both items are called the same things.
Not the point.
He judged the vegetable by the purple banding.
They are not quite the same, rutabages have a very strong taste.
We judge people by the externals.
This is not right.