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OMG… Did he just call me Ma’am?

OMG… Did he just call me Ma’am?

As soon as the sentence, “Can I get you anything else Ma’am?” left the waiter’s mouth, I found myself looking around to see if my mother was at the table. When I realized he was asking me the question, the reality sunk in that I was no longer a Miss.Waiter

It then dawned on me that I was now at the age that Ma’am would be considered quite appropriate. I am (gulp) middle aged, married and my kids are pretty much grown and trying to deceive myself and continue to hold onto the term Miss actually does seem rather ridiculous. This waiter was probably less than half my age and for him to call me Miss rather than Ma’am was probably something that would never have even crossed his mind.

So there I sat, faced with the reality that I am actually now older and the days of being call Miss are now nothing but a memory.

So what’s a Ma’am to do?

Do I run out and get plastic surgery to try and hide the wrinkles starting to appear on my face? Do I take up some wild activity to try and reclaim my fleeting youth? Or do I accept that this is just part of life and embrace the word Ma’am with both grace and dignity?

I decided to embrace the word Ma’am. As much as getting older can be challenging from a physical perspective as you see your appearance begin to change and you start to get a few more aches and pains, getting older also has its benefits.

I now don’t get nearly as upset or concerned about things like I used to as I know that they will eventually pass or have confidence that things have a way of working out. I really value and appreciate the time and moments that I have with the people that I love. I look forward to the time that I now have to spend with friends and cultivate interests of my own and my to-do list has dropped as I have begun to really simplify my life and focus on the really important things.

So I guess being a Ma’am has some advantages – and I should probably leave this waiter a decent tip.

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Susan Williams is the Founder of Booming Encore. Being a Boomer herself, Susan loves to discover and share ways to live life to the fullest. She shares her experiences, observations and opinions on living life after 50 and tries to embrace Booming Encore's philosophy of making sure every day matters.