That said, there is a somewhat new yoga place in town, and I've been keeping tabs on their Facebook page, thinking that one of these days I'll give them a try. But recently, they posted this:
I'm not posting the name of the yoga studio because this isn't a bash against their business per se; it's more of a commentary on their misguided view of people in their 50s.
Puts on reading glasses: Did they just use the phrase "Silver Foxes" in the same sentence as "55 years of age"?! Are they serious??
Excuse me, but that is so wrong. I'm just over two years shy of meeting the age requirement for this class, and much as I joke about being a cane-waving, Kleenex-tucked-up-my-sleeve, git-off-my-lawn crankster, this offends me. And I'm not sure what bothers me more - the fact that they think people in their mid-50s are so old, or the phrase itself. Silver Foxes sounds condescending to me...let's give head pats to the oldsters who are ready to give yoga a try. I can't speak for them, but as far as attending a class for Silver Foxes, to that I say no thanks.
Just to be sure that I wasn't being overly sensitive, I showed the FB post to my friend Jenny, who is in her late 30s - she was incredulous. And then I showed it to my friend Rosalie, who is in her 60s, and asked her if she considered herself a Silver Fox. Her look of disgust told me enough, haha. I also asked my mother (who has beautiful silver hair but that's beside the point) what she thought of the class name, and she pretty much said it was dumb and why did couldn't they just call it a beginner's class anyway?
So I wonder - is there such a disconnect between the younger generation and that they think 55 years old is OLD? Because as I get closer to that number, I have to say, I don't feel particularly old. I just feel like me. But is that how they see me? Good night Irene, do I look like a Silver Fox to them?
Excuse me while I go take my Geritol.