Tuesday, August 20, 2013

How my seat-mate made me feel old!

It's rare for me to feel "old." I'm 42 and happy and proud of my age and that I've made it this far and that I feel better than any other time in my life. I have no qualms telling anyone my age.

I think age should be celebrated, not feared and pitied and ridiculed as it often seems to be in our society. Moving forward in age means a blessing of longer life, a wealth of knowledge, a strength of spirit.

But every once in awhile something happens and it's like *whap upside the head* guess you're not a spring chicken anymore, huh?

My conversation with fresh-faced, wide-eyed 19-ish cute kid guy sitting next to me on the plane:

Him: "Where are you headed?"

Me: "To pick up my son. He's been at his dad's for 3-1/2 weeks and has to start school in a week."

Kid Guy, very earnestly: "Oh, high school or college?"

Me, laughing: "No, SECOND GRADE!"

The kid looks at me funny like this isn't possible.

Me: "He's only 7."

Kid: "Oh, wow!"

Okay, I know that TECHNICALLY I could have a kid in college (like this very guy sitting next to me!), but I don't yet! He's only 7! I was 34, okay, when I had him, Mr. Young Guy To Whom I look Old!!

It actually was very funny and perhaps a lesson for him not to assume anything, ha!

35 comments:

  1. Hahaha age is just a number don't let him get you down.

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    1. Jenn, you are so right! Most of the time I don't even think about it :)

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  2. Once upon a time, when my husband and I had not been seeing each other long (he was 36ish and I was 31), we were out to dinner. I had finished my meal, and all that was left on the plate was some steak fat which Big D was picking at (hey-it's the best part!). The waiter came up to our table and asked me, "Are you through with your plate or is your dad still picking at it?" Before I burst out laughing, I told him I was finished. Big D didn't make any comment so I asked him if he's heard what the waiter had said. No, he hadn't heard. Granted, Big D had quite a bit of gray hair already, and I suppose at the time I looked younger than my 32 years, but it was still hilarious. The best part? Since he was supposedly my dad, I told him it was only right for him to pay for dinner lol. Needless to say, he wasn't amused.

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    1. Oh no! What a funny memory! Silly waiter! No one should EVER assume.

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  3. I just turned 50... no shame at all. You're only as old as you feel. If you keep an upbeat outlook on life, smile and laugh a lot, you won't feel so old. My daughter just turned 18 and my son will be 21 in November...they love to tease me about that. And I just think it's super cool that we have three milestone birthdays in one year! LOL :)

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

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    1. Lorelai, you look fabulous! I love your blog pics :) You're right, age is a state of mind. Normally I could care less, but it was a reality check, LOL.

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  4. classic moments when men put their foot in their mouths lol!!! #hilarious

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    1. Truly. Silly guys. I hope this one learns young!

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  5. I was 30 when I had my daughter, so I understand that. All of my friends children were in their teens when mine was a baby. But I wouldn't do it any other way. Those 10 years or so allowed me to mature a little and to learn a lot so that I could raise my child better. I am 62 and wouldn't change a thing.

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    1. I know, I was older than most when I had my kiddo. Though these days people are having kids much older than 34 even.

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  6. I love it! Your seat-mate shouldn't make you feel old. Age is just a number AND 42 is not even close to old!

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  7. Wow!! My youngest was born when I was almost 36, so I guess I'll be getting that too in a couple of years. Oh well--he'll remember that one day when he's 42 with a 7 or 5 or 1 year old and laugh. I used to think 40 was really old too--and now I've totally changed my mind!

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    1. Yeah, 40 is nothing like I imagined it would be! It's better!

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  8. Oh no, lol! He's probably just very bad at guessing someone's age.

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  9. Haha, try being 42 and having a head of silver hair like said 7-year-old's dad! You're doing much better than he is in that particular department! :)

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    1. LOL, well, maybe people don't assume as much with guys.

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  10. Oh, teens think anyone above 25 are dinosaurs!!

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  11. My students will guess I am anywhere from 23-55. They have no clue. Teenagers. Lol.

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    1. 55???? Oh my gosh! Now that's hilarious. Yes, to a teenagers I'm sure I do look quit over the hill.

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  12. Um, that's a bit insulting. (I feel the same way about the age thing, by the way...) onestepatatime.co.za

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    1. LOL, he was so earnest about it, I couldn't feel mad. He just had no clue.

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  13. haha, I haven't had that YET! But I'm so expecting it. I never assume anymore because people have been having kids at much older ages now. Halle Berry is over 40 having her second. :)

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    1. I know it! So many start at 40. I didn't think 34 was that bad, LOL!

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  14. Too funny! I was 34 when my boys were born too, so I'm right there with you. I guess to college kids, we're ancient.

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    1. Most of them can't fathom having a kid much less what age they might do that at.

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  15. Oh, no! I guess that kid hasn't learned tact yet. I remember when store clerks started calling me Mam instead of Miss. I was like are you talking to my mother?

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    1. Oh, I know it! Of course in South Carolina they call everyone sweetie and honey so you don't have to worry about that :)

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  16. I get the opposite quite often. I look younger than my 45 years and when people hear that I have a 22 year old, they assume I was a teenager when I had him. Nowadays, you can't assume anything. A good lesson for the young guy, for sure!

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    1. Oh no, the opposite! That's a whole other deal assuming you were a teen mom. People really just shouldn't assume anything at all and we'd all be better off!

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  17. I would never think you had a college age kid, Steph.
    You look too young for that.
    :)
    ~Heather <3
    The Welcoming House Blog

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  18. I had my son the month after I turned 40, so I am a 50 year old (God Help me) with a child entering 5th grade, and he is the greatest blessing of my life!

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    1. That's awesome. They sure do keep you young!

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