a few days ago we got a message that contained these lines:
I am an 18 year old NYC college student so perhaps I’m too young to be annoyed with society or maybe I’m the quintessential cynical age. For those of you reading who feel a young adult’s opinions are invalid (you’re an age-ist basically) feel free to stop reading and go deal with your more pressing adult matters (go balance your check book or something!).
that's where i stopped reading.
it's the first listserve message i haven't bothered to read.
it's not because i think young people (and i do not draw the line at young adults) have nothing to say. children can have perfectly valid concerns and observations about the world we share.
but do you see what she did there?
she gets two sentences in and already it's about who has valid voice and all us old people should go balance our checkbooks or something.
as if i ever balance my checkbook.
but she's made all us old people boring people who are automatically ageist unless we want to listen to her from her cranky little opening.
so i stopped reading.
she doesn't care, anyway.
but i can legally buy beer.
i think i'll go rent a car and buy some craft beers or ask to see the wine list in a nice restaurant.
you know, because i CAN.