I've noticed a radical change in myself after turning 62. I do believe I am now officially a senior citizen.
There's never been much of a filter on my mouth, so that wasn't so different...although I have sensed it's reaching a new level lately.
No, it's the weird habits of some seniors that I used to find funny but now I see the wisdom behind it.
For instance, I always carry zip lock baggies with me when we go out to eat. It started out innocently enough, not wanting to place my left overs in a Styrofoam container. This is partly based on environmental issues and partly because the container is always too honking big and takes up more than its fair share of space in our little fridge.
Now I find myself pilfering the uneaten tortilla chips from the Mexican restaurant and bread from others. This still struck me as being "reasonable" if not frugal, so I wasn't too worried.
It was when I helped myself to three tiny containers of jelly at Perkins to use for toast later that I knew I had crossed a line. My rationale was that we seldom ever put jelly on toast and why take up space with two or more jars of it in the fridge when I could just stock up a handful of these little babies.
We've already planned to take our own snacks next time we go to the movie because lately the popcorn has been so icky tasting and over priced. Again...we could justify this.
I shudder to think of what's next. Will I pick up a fork or two while dining out? Will I begin carrying a larger purse and shoveling in food from buffets when I think the coast is clear?
I've already had my eye on the packets of sugar and cream for coffee, even though neither of us use this. But it would be nice to have in case we have guests who use it...which is highly unlikely.
So, I ask you. Am I becoming a senior citizen nuisance or just a garden variety kleptomaniac? I guess only time will tell.
Long Live the Queen of Free Stuff