In the USA you are “officially” a Senior Citizen when you reach age 65. However, what can only be viewed as marketing savvy strategy, the powers that be have courted the wallets of younger baby boomers, declaring age 55 as the season in life where you can obtain the holy grail of consumerism…
“The Senior Citizen Discount.”
It’s official. As of yesterday, I can now enjoy reduced rates and special offers at movie theaters, restaurants, retail stores, and a host of locations–if I’m willing to disclose my age and whip out my license.
Taking advantage of these cost-cutters would make my friend Ellie Kay proud of me. As America’s Family Financial Expert, Ellie is a staunch advocate of coupons. Ellie talks about the value of coupons and shares other fabulous cost-saving tips on her Half Price Living blog.
Happy 55th Birthday to me.
In honor of this most auspicious occasion, on my right-of-passage into senior citizen consumerism, I had the opportunity to go out for dinner and drinks with one of my favorite boomer babe gal pals.
I chose instead to remain home.
I chose instead to partake in the ultimate gourmet delight…a charcoal broiled black Angus burger with a side of wavy potato chips and French onion dip, prepared by my adult son.
BAD GUY GOES GOOD
Chris is a self-proclaimed Bad Guy Gone Good, and our dinner was a celebration not only of time, but of heart as well. Last year on my birthday, Chris called me from prison, as he had done the three years previous to that. Before his incarceration, I can recall many birthdays where I had no idea where my son was…or if he was even alive.
And so I begin the first day of my 55th year of life thanking God for the miracle of restoration and redemption. For the chance to get to know my adult child in a new way, and to try my hand and heart at parenting in a new way as well. I thank God for the doors He continues to open for us to share the life-changing message of setting boundaries and finding SANITY.
And I thank God for the ever-increasing knowledge that if we obey God’s calling, He will provide the needed strength.