Yesterday I went to my local regional chain mega-grocery store to pick up a few things. This particular store happens to have a Starbucks in it, which generally adds to the sweetness of shopping at a chain mega-store that is not Walmart.

This Starbucks is usually staffed by Young People, either high school or college age, usually female. And that is fine.  The experience is the usual laid-back, chilled out Starbucks-coffee-buying experience that it usually is anywhere else in the 50 states and abroad as well.

Except, not yesterday.

Perhaps there were strands of hair that had come out of my ponytail and were wandering about my head in unseemly disarray (there were. I checked when I got to the car.). Perhaps there was lunch left in my teeth (there wasn’t. I checked that, too). Perhaps they thought that a woman wearing a baby was the most dumb, stupid thing of all the dumb, stupid things they had seen in the world.  Perhaps they were just indulging in general Teen and Young Adult Female Angst.

Whatever it was, it got me The Look. You know what I mean. Perhaps you have even used it yourself. It is that look that says, “oh. my. god. just. WHATEVER. ok? just LEAVE already.”  It is The Look that Teen and Young Adult Females are innately gifted with and are born to perfect.

And I was the recipient yesterday.

What goes around comes around, I guess?

Who knows. Just. ok.



5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jenny, Bloggess
    Nov 19, 2008 @ 09:28:45

    One day that girl will get the same look from someone else. It’s the circle of life.


  2. The Mom
    Nov 19, 2008 @ 12:55:17

    However, there is something you can do about it. Go to and register your complaint. You might even get a free coffee out of it, which means you would then welcome such looks everytime you go to Starbucks:) He who laughs last…


  3. Amberlina
    Nov 19, 2008 @ 19:09:32

    oooh, I so vote with The Mom because anytime you can squeeze a free coffee out of anyone, you should.

    (SEEEEE, more than just Sharon, your mom and I read your blog!) BLOG ON!


  4. Auds at Barking Mad
    Nov 20, 2008 @ 10:05:42

    You are correct, the female teenager HAS perfected that look. I still get it whenever my 18 year old visits from college.

    BUT….no one, and I mean NO ONE has perfected the “withering glance” which is usually the returning shot, like a mom! Next time you’re in there, give ’em one of those and see if that doesn’t even the score a little!


  5. Sharon
    Nov 20, 2008 @ 14:35:14

    And then imagine that your hair is sticking out AND there is lunch in your teeth because you are in your mid-40’s with braces affixed to your teeth, and also maybe there is a gap between your two front teeth in preparation for jaw surgery. When all those things are in place, the people in Starbucks are so frightened they don’t even bother with The Look. They just stare someplace slightly off your right ear. You are too young and beautiful and competent looking for anyone to be in their right mind if they are giving you the look.


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