Far as I know, I don't look to be or appear or act to be hard of hearing nor am I slow of mind. I'm almost sure none of those adjective apply (but then, maybe close friends would tell me if those adjective did apply).
Then, I will also tell you that I don't look as though I am standing by my to-be grave site with one foot on the proverbial banana peel. I am not limping, stammering, stooped, whatever. So why did the salesperson speak very loudly and very slowly to me this morning as if to a pre-kindergartner while ringing up my purchase? This was at Penney's. That-- and to put the cherry on top, she called me "Sweetie" probably at least 15 times in a few minutes. Plus, as an added treat, she said there was a rebate form that came out with the sales slip. I murmured that I thought that was rather strange..as they'd not done that before to my knowledge....whereupon she said " Hey, I just print 'em!"
I wanted to climb over the counter and cuff her one for being so sickeningly condescending but that smart remark was about all I was wanting to subject myself to.
No..I didn't cuff her one, nor did I return remarks or bad comments to her. I just took my purchase and left.
The reason I made that comment in the beginning of my blog about appearance is: older folks have many many times written about being discriminated against by sales clerks, and any other place where they have to deal with people in either a professional, medical or a sales atmosphere. I have not seen it until today. There were two very much older ladies ahead of me who got the condescending treatment from the clerk..I guess she was still in that swing of things when I bellied up to the bar.
Just thought I would complain here. You blog family are used to me by now. :-)))