It all began so many years ago--so I have always been told.
When Dad signed a paper saying I could go to first grade.
I had no birth certificate, with my name (only a number)
To prove I belonged on the Meyer family tree!!
‘Too young!! Too young!!’ is what I was always told!!
I really wanted to pay full price to go to the local movie house,
Couldn’t wait ’til I was old enough...--I suppose 10 or 12!
I knew that I’d be able to sit as quiet as a mouse.
Once I noticed there were no children there--
Those boys and girls-- were they all older than I?
When would I be old enough to join the happy throng?
Sometimes I thought that I would almost cry!
Had to hitch a ride to Wayne when I went to summer school;--
Even had to ride a bus to Laurel from Naper one day!
Sure glad Aunt Tillie had friends who took me on to school--
Folks still thought I was not old enough to go my own merry way!!
Dad didn’t let me drive a car--didn’t even let me behind the wheel!
But oh, to be old enough I thought I could not wait!
I graduated, then taught school, but still I had no transportation--.
Dad just thought he’d chauffeur me--,make sure I was not late.
“I’m old enough” I shouted the day I bought a car--
I’m old enough to take Mom for a ride,
But when I hit the gas pedal,I had shifted in reverse.
The garden fence looked not so good, I thought I’d best go hide.
I’m old enough now, at twenty years-- I thought with glee,
When away I went with my intended groom,
But alas, I was not old enough--Mom had to sign a paper,
Saying I could marry, Oh My! My day was filled with gloom.
I finally got my birth certificate--but Dad had to sign his name.
The county superintendent had to verify my claim!
I was oh so happy, I could just shout with glee,
For I knew that now I had my claim to fame.
Then, for what seemed like an eternity, no one mentioned it again
Until last week--’twas just a simple thing, a luncheon with a friend.
“Your senior discount” the waiter said with just a whisper--
“Please show your card--and a discount I will tend!”
Alack Alas, I quickly dug my card out of my purse--
And knew at last I was old enough! I really was a winner!
Finally folks do believe me--it really makes me happy!
I’m old enough to get a senior discount on each and every dinner!