Coming of age

I guess I always knew this moment would happen.  And I was grateful that my wonderful daughter, Adrienne, was there to support me in what could have been an emotionally devastating time.

The moment unfolded as Adrienne and I entered the Marcus Cinema to see the final movie in the Harry Potter series.  (I’m not disappointed it is the LAST movie.)

The ticket line was long, but there are a couple kiosks that take a credit card and one was available. I approached the kiosk innocently, inserted my credit card and the screen showed three options:

  • Adult: $8
  • Student: $4
  • Senior: $4

I was about to order two adult tickets (Adrienne is 20) when I noticed the line under the senior citizen option that read “Those age 60 and over.”

It hit me hard.  I recently had a birthday, my 60th birthday.  At least in the eyes of Marcus Cinema, I was a senior citizen.

For just a moment, I hesitated, my finger trembling a bit.  I don’t feel “senior,” so maybe I should just get the regular adult ticket.

But for $4 I pushed senior citizen.  Being old felt, well, economical.

About Jim Fair

Jim Fair is a writer and consultant. He lives in the Chicago area and has a wonderful wife, son and daughter. He enjoys fishing and occasionally catches something. He tries to play the piano and sings a little. In addition to writing for Regnum Christi Live, he blogs at Laughing Catholic. And you can follow him on Twitter: Jim Fair (@fishfair).
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4 Responses to Coming of age

  1. Francois M-D says:

    I am a member of the local university gym. They offer special rates for 55+. I must confess it took me a while to swallow my pride and ask for that special rate.

    I had noticed you had changed your picture for one on which you look younger…now I know why. I offer you belated wishes for your birthday.

  2. Jim Fair says:

    An important clarification — I did recently change my photo — to one that is 8 years more current than the one it replaced.

  3. Francois M-D says:

    That means you age gracefully

  4. Jim Fair says:

    Francois….I hope you are right, but I sure don’t feel graceful!

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