Not a poem but a true story. 



Today i wrote a comment-not in here-

about how a poem can create new feelings to the reader and i have been given the answer "thanks aunty"!!!

I am only 46 years old and yes my hair turned gray,what does this mean?That i am not young anymore?Who has the right to age racism?To age insult?

When i responded "i am not that old to be called an aunty" he asked me my age and when i told him i expected a sorry but in return i had this answer:

"So,aren't you married?"No i am not and i am not going to be but this is not the issue here.He thinks a woman with gray hair is an aunty and ought to be married.

I am outraged with the stereotype first of gray hair than of married women and then of age discrimination. And i wanted your honest opinion.Do you think that i am an aunty?

Short story by AFRODITE STATHI
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Written on 2022-04-09 at 15:30

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dott Print text Moods The PoetBay support member heart!
Wow, how indiscreet and impolite can you get? Geez. Was it a young person who said these things to you? It sounds so immature, and as pointed out, so superficial... it's really not worth letting it get to you. The guy is obviously talking out of his you-know-what. But I can certainly understand your initial reaction to such moronic statements. You are stunningly beautiful, so no need to give credence to twits, I say :)

How old does one need to be to become an aunty or uncle?

As one that is rapidly approaching the end of my 30's I will never know the pleasure of being an uncle nor my partner, an aunt. Something that I will always regret, in more ways than one.

But for what it is worth, when I see someone of more years than me, I see someone who has lived through the experiences of life that I have yet to sample and yes, the mistakes I have yet to make.

When I see someone with grey hair (regardless of age) I see the small fortune my partner paid to have the platinum look imposed upon her normally blonde tresses.

When I speak to an "older" colleague I see (and hear) knowledge and wisdom beyond my years and I am thankful that they choose to share that with me.

So, do I discriminate against the older person? Perhaps not, but I do resent them. They have lived their life thus far and hopefully enjoyed the journey. They will tell me to be careful of those life's mistakes I am bound to make, if I have not already done so and acknowledge my "youthful" know-it-all shrugs with a gentle knowing smile.

Yes it is wrong to discriminate on ANY grounds and the rules on having to be this or that by a certain age are thankfully long gone.

For what its worth, my own "Aunty" has proven time after time to be full of love for me and was undoubtedly my saviour when all seemed hopeless in my darkest days.

The world needs more Aunty's!

Uncle Meridian The PoetBay support member heart!
It's deeply unfortunate when people say thoughtless and ill-considered things. Or ask rude questions (as this person did about your marital status).

Let it slide off you like water off a duck's back. You are a poet! And you are you. Other folks' labels and definitions are their problem, not yours.

I value your presence here at the Bay, and am sorry that someone was being (in plain American English) a bit of a jerk.

Griffonner The PoetBay support member heart!
Nah! This is a load of old cobblers (an old English proverb!) Here are some others I own: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder; Beauty is more than skin deep, et cetera. So, your hair is grey (so is mine) but you eyes....!
Are you sure he wasn't an Indian? Aunty has a completely different connotation there I believe.

Alan J Ripley The PoetBay support member heart!
Hi Afrodite it's funny how we perceive age.
I was an uncle at sixteen. Twenty ish, when I was asked.
A racist question, How time's have changed had three
Aunty's all under the age of forty. A strange question
For any gentlemen to ask a lady. Your as young as
You feel. Although I must admit never been an aunty.

ken d williams The PoetBay support member heart!
You are as you are
As we are as we are
For for all of that
To spite as others think
Yet do not think
For all of that
As we Brits say : Stuff those who only have a negative mind set!
Ken D.

jim The PoetBay support member heart!
Gray is awesome, I know, I've been gray since my 20's.

The things he seemed to think significant: age, hair color, marital status are too superficial to even mention in a serious conversation. Don't take it to heart—you, like your gray hair, your age, your marital are awesome.

"No" to Auntie.