How Old Do You Think I Am?

I hope you enjoyed our hop over the weekend!  It was so fun to work with my friends on it, and they all did a fabulous job.

Stampin’ Up! is targeting a younger age group this year.  They’re aiming to recruit 25-35 year-olds as demonstrators and customers.  I think a lot of the staff at Stampin’ Up! is in that age range, and I enjoy the projects they design, like today’s Summer Smooches card. One thing I’ve noticed about some of these “kids,” though, is they think anyone over 40 is really stupid.  (I know, I know…we were the same way!)  I guess they forget who taught them the things they know, right?  When you talk to IT people, they think, “Oh, over 40.  Computer illiterate.”  (I’d put my 70-something-year-old mother up against them any day!)  Or they think you’re deaf.  Or decrepit.  Or worse.

Here are a couple experiences I’ve had with this age group in the past few weeks.  First, I met a new student at school, and we were heading up to a practice room.  I usually take the steps, but she hit the button on the elevator.  Ok.  I’d already been up the stairs a few times already, so using the elevator was alright.  We waited.  And waited.  And waited.  Finally she said, “Well, I guess we can take the stairs.”  Then she looked at me and said very seriously, “Can you do the stairs?”  Seriously????  Do I look old and broken down?

Then I had to get a prescription refilled.  It was for eye drops, so it wasn’t like I was getting something for “old people.”  When I picked it up, the girl at the counter said (in a voice clearly designed for someone who is hard of hearing and slow of understanding!), “DID THEY EXPLAIN THIS TO YOU?”  I’m thinking, “They’re eye drops.  What’s to explain?  Squirt a drop in your eye.  It’s not like I’m going to put it up my nose or anything.”  And when I was paying, the cord from the “e-pen” kept hitting the screen, so it canceled my transaction, then said I wanted cash back.  I figured this out, and held the cord out of the way at the same time she was telling me (again, loudly and in very distinct language) how to complete the transaction.  So, yes, I grew up in the cash/check generation, but I do know how to swipe my debit card.  Trust me.  I’ve got this.

Oh, well.  Both instances were a little humorous, but if you’re 25-35 and reading this, just remember, just bcuz we dnt lv out ltrs whn we txt, & we use caps and crrect grammar, dsn’t mean we r dum.   My Rachel says sometimes they talk to our generation like that because that’s how we talked to them when they were small.  Interesting.  That makes sense, and Rachel hears lots of parents talking to their kids in the store.  I don’t think I talked like that, though.  Not to my kids anyway.  I may have to other people’s children who weren’t as sharp as mine.

Here’s one of the projects that was in our Stampin’ Up! demonstrator magazine, Stampin’ Success.  Their card was a little smaller, so I had to use a larger piece of designer paper and more flowers.

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Stamps:  Bright Blossoms, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Ink:  Real Red, Rich Razzleberry classic; Paper:  Summer Smooches designer series paper; Real Red, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White card stock; Other:  Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack, large tag punch, Boho Blossoms punch, basic jewels – pearls, scallop edge punch, linen thread; ribbon from SAB (no longer available, but any of the 1/4″ ribbons will work)

The card in the magazine used the stencil from the Summer Smooches suite that you can purchase this month, but I didn’t buy it since I could only use it for workshops in April.  But it’s really cute, and if I weren’t a demo, I’d buy it in a minute!  It will be great on scrapbook pages and cards.  (I think I’d have to move if I stenciled our walls.  The mister really doesn’t like that.)

Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by.  (Oh – for those of you over 40:  HAVE A GREAT DAY!!  THANKS FOR STOPPING BY.)

About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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6 Responses to How Old Do You Think I Am?

  1. Sheri says:

    One very large “AMEN” coming from this 50 year old!


  2. Debra says:

    Oh Buffy, you so crack me up! Especially lost it when I started reading your “shorthand”. I thought you had finally gone over the edge. Another AMEN from a 55 year old!


  3. Mom says:

    You are so funny, Buffy!!!! But your trials and tribulations with the under-40 set gave me pause……when did you get to be ‘over 40’ for heaven’s sake????


  4. buffycooper says:

    Debra & Sheri – we “mature ladies” have to stick together! And, Debra, you don’t know how hard it was to post the shorthand. Good heavens. It’s so much easier to use real words!


  5. Diane Malcor says:

    Buffy…. I so enjoyed your note – had me laughing today! I can definitely relate. From another “over 40” lady! =)


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