Baby boomers don’t like to reveal their age. The very thought of getting old drives them to distraction.
They form "The Forever Young” generation that's currently in denial — and there’s a thriving marketplace hoping to keep them in that state of mind.
A media blitz of facial creams that require a bank loan, pricey salon appointments to whisk away “old,” and surgery to tuck, lift and eliminate “fluffy” promise youth.
Why, there are even jeans and swimsuits that downsize to a miracle.
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Nowadays, it’s pretty easy to hide your age — most of the time. But every so often something occurs — besides looking into a magnifying makeup mirror — that reminds me to follow-up on long-term health care.
“Hi Mom!” my daughter greeted me early morning on her cell phone as she entered the Starbucks drive-through lane. “What’s on your agenda for today?” the noise of nearby traffic almost drowning her words.
I held my iPhone tight against my ear while my wet hair dripped and a “not getting any younger” face greeted me in the mirror.
“Just a minute,” she yelled from the other end of the line, “I’m ready to order.”
I glanced at my watch. Time was fleeting! Maybe I could multitask while I waited, check my cell phone calendar and email.
I glanced at the bathroom vanity. Where was my iPhone?
I rushed to the bedroom dresser. No iPhone!
In the background, the noise of Tiffany’s latte order and subsequent barista chat accompanied me as I raced to the kitchen.
Frantically, I searched the granite countertop, one-handedly tossing aside dishes and tea towels.
My iPhone wasn’t there!
In desperation, I gave up looking and dashed back down the hall. Halfway to the makeup mirror, I saw “old” face to face.
“Mom!” Tiffany yelled into my ear. “Why are you laughing?”
Between hysterical giggles and guffaws, I told her how I’d been looking everywhere for my phone.
There was a long worried silence.
I guess this baby boomer had just revealed her age.