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Am I really that old?

June 22, 2010 - Linda Lobeck

I thought that I was handling my yearly birthdays pretty well. Leaving the 20s wasn't too hard, and then leaving the 30s not too bad since I was busy raising my kids.. With a "birthday of substance" as we call them at The Daily News this year, I have tried not to think too much about it.

But that hasn't been too easy, especially with these monthly reminders I keep receiving in the mail.

I'm sure AARP is a good organization, but do they have to continually haunt me on a monthly basis for the year prior to turning age 50? I think that's a little much. Plus, it  just gives my kids more fodder for teasing me about getting older.

The funny thing is that my husband, who will be turning the same age two months before me, hasn't received a single invite from AARP. What is this? Picking on the women before they turn 50 but not the men? Where's the equality in that?

Some of the benefits of being a AARP member include having access to financial programs, health-related benefits and yes, discounts on travel and other services. Plus, if I send it in now, I can get a handy travel bag free with my membership.

Like I said, it may be a very good thing, but I'm not ready to think of myself as a member of a retirement group. I'm sure the day will come, but they will have to wait for me to get over the shock of turning 50 this year. It may only be a number, but it's a big one and will take some getting used to!



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