June 16, 2007


Those of you who've met me in real life met me in situations where I was Trying To Look Grown-Up, like at conferences and stuff. Even then I generally feel like a kid at the big table, but at least I try. On normal days, I don't do much for myself. I usually have comfortable basic clothes on and spend most of my time in a ponytail. Sometimes I look with envy at really put-together women, but never enough to put effort into my own appearance for just going to the store or around town.

Today at the library I was looking with interest at a display for a teen crafts class. The girl librarian, who must've been around my age, saw me looking and told me I should sign up. I said I'd love to but that it says it's for teens. "Oh, well, how old are you?" she asked, in a way that suggested she'd fudge a little for me if I was 20. "Um, like 30," I said.

Think I need to update my look?

This story killed my husband. He mused that the target age group when the library organizes something for "teens" is like 13-16. He said, "You look young, but no offense, you clearly don't look half your age."

At least I don't look as young as my Swedish friend, who got offered a coloring book on an airplane when she was 20.

Posted by Sarah at June 16, 2007 03:47 PM | TrackBack

One of the new wives in hubby's unit told me at a party last weekend that I didn't look old enough to be my eldest daughter's mother.

If she were an Avon lady, I would be buying thousands of dollars of Anew right as we speak.

Posted by: airforcewife at June 16, 2007 04:20 PM

You described me to a T in that first paragraph... weird.

Posted by: Green at June 16, 2007 04:28 PM

I can relate. I think I told you, but I'll say it again here: I was once barred from sitting next to the exit door on a plane until I told the flight attendant I was 21. The sign said, "Under 14 may not sit here."

No one has ever gotten within 7 years of guessing my correct age.

Posted by: FbL at June 17, 2007 03:11 PM

Wanna know what's funny? I went into a store to get my hubby some of his tobacco today, and got carded! I couldn't believe it! It excites me enough when I get carded for alcohol...but tobacco? Hahahaha!! And I don't think I look nearly as young as you do!

Posted by: Robin at June 17, 2007 09:27 PM