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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Relative Age

Pfff . . . kids!
Men really don’t pay much attention to age.
At least the men in my life.
Not like women do.
Cases in point:
I had just turned twelve.
An important milestone in my world.
I could now go to 4-H.
And youth activities in our church.
Of course, there were drawbacks.
The price of admission to any of our local movies doubled.
From twenty-five cents.
To fifty.
Yikes.
But I was twelve.
It had taken me twelve long years to get here.
And I wanted the whole world to know it.
Dad was taking us kids to the movies.
And was in the process of buying tickets.
“One adult, three youth and three children, please,” he said.
“Da-ad!” I said. Loudly.
All eyes in the theatre foyer turned to us.
“I’m twelve now!”
“Oh. Are you?” I’m sure he was embarrassed, but he covered it well. “When did that happen?”
“Da-ad!”
Kids aren’t tactful.
Even when they’re twelve.
Moving ahead several years . . .
My Husby and I were at the home of some friends.
Dinner was over.
The visiting had begun.
The conversation had turned to the inevitable - and painful - progression of old age.
My Husby and I were speaking from the advanced ages of twenty-nine and twenty-eight, respectively.
But our friends had both rounded the corner and were into their thirties.
Elderly indeed.
My Husby was teasing the wife. “Well, speaking from the advanced age of thirty-six, you would . . .”
I don’t remember the rest of his statement.
But I do recall that the wife turning an instant and remarkable shade of red. “Thirty-six!!” she said. “Thirty-six?!” She got up and looked in the mirror. “I just turned thirty-four!”
Oops.
Later I asked him what on earth he was thinking.
“Well,” he said. “I thought I was really exaggerating. You know? Over-estimating?”
Oh. Note to Husby. When over-estimating, REALLY over-estimate.
Decades.
Centuries.
Missing by a couple of years is . . . dangerous.
Because as it turns out, age, to women, is important.
See?

10 comments:

  1. My whole life people thought I was older than I was. I loved that, until I hit about 25. After that, I preferred being thought younger, and now, since I quit coloring and let my hair go natural gray . . . *sigh* Looking my age or older is the trade-off for not having to color my roots! lol

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    1. I always wished I looked older. People were always underestimating my age. Till, like you, about 25. Now no one mistakes me for anything but what I am. 62. Sigh

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  2. Not an issue I have ever been sensitive about. Just as well, I have way too many sensitivities already. Though I will admit to being huffy when a friend of my youngest brother asked how much older than him I was (he is eight years my elder).

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  3. Age is important to some women for sure . . . I don't care at all, but I agree with what EC says, I have other "issues" ha ha

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    1. I'm just making sure my inevitable lines are 'smile' lines, Jenny!

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  4. I don't care about my age at all, apart from sometimes holding an aching back and muttering 'getting old is no fun' and 'they don't tell you about this part of getting older'.
    This morning though, I suddenly realised my kids are getting old, the third child is now 41.

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    1. Yeah, my baby just turned 40. How did that happen?!

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