Let me start this post by announcing that I am in my late twenties. I haven't lived under my parents' roof since college, and I have been more or less financially independent since just a bit after that.
Also, my mom is awesome.
Also, periods suck.
Also, I hate my hometown drugstore.
Some years ago, when I did still live with my parents, I sat down with them to discuss the possibility of me going on birth control. Because, you know, getting your period twice in one month is no fun, and also I'm a huge whore. (I'm kidding on one of those. I'll let you guess which.) My folks, being reasonable and cool, agreed it was a good idea, and we never really talked about it again.
Fast forward to two summers ago. I am visiting my parents for the weekend and realize I need to renew my prescription. This is why I use a national chain drugstore--you can pick up your stuff anywhere. My hair is growing out, and is a weird length where the only way I can get it out of my face is to put it in pigtails.
(This is probably when I should tell you that I look like I'm about twelve. Especially when I'm in pigtails.)
I ask my mom to swing by Big National Drugstore on our way back from running errands, and of course it's no big deal to her. She and I walk back to the prescription counter and I give my name and tell the pharmacist, a not-old man, which prescription I need refilled.
He stares at me. Then he flicks a glance at my mom. Then he scowls at me.
"What's your last name again?" he finally asks.
I say it.
"Can you spell that?"
I spell it, speaking slowly and clearly because I once worked as a receptionist, and hearing letters clearly isn't always as easy as you think. He continues scowling at me, not typing or writing down my name.
"Can you spell that again?"
"One more time..."
(This is probably a good time to point out that I do not have a particularly long or difficult last name. Sure, it's a bit on the Dutch side, but this is my hometown--plenty of other names like it.)
After he asks me to spell my name six times (I wish I were exaggerating), he finally turns to his computer and puts his hands to the keyboard. He looks at me, waiting. I spell it one last time.
He types. He pulls up my info. He sees my age. He goggles and then finally does his job and starts filling my prescription.
(My mom held me back from throttling him. Barely.)
Moral of the story: Work more, judge less.