Sunday, April 1, 2012

The Ancient Twenties

In your twenties, you are supposed to be at your prime and living life to the fullest.  You are full of energy, optimism, and most of all youth.  Yes, for the most part, the twenties feel great . . . but becoming a parent can change that feeling in an instant!

Recently, I was showing my children photos of myself during different stages in my life.  It’s so much fun to see them smile and laugh about the goofy clothes I used to wear or the crazy hairdos I was once convinced were awesome!  Plus, it is a wonderful time to relive great memories and pass them down to the next generation.

However, that day, the moment I had thought would never happen occurred.  After looking through my high school photos, my 4-year-old daughter gave me this curious look and asked, “How old are you now, Mommy?”

I told her that my birthday is coming up, so soon I would be 28.  With my answer, her expression got even more strange.  We have been practicing counting up to 30, so both of my children are starting to get a feel of just how much the numbers toward 30 really are.

She began trying to count to 28, missing a couple numbers here and there, but doing a good job nonetheless.  Finally, she reached 28 and immediately exclaimed, “Mommy, you’re old!!!”

Suddenly, I didn’t feel as young anymore, and I was catapulted back to the days when I was 4 and thought my parents were ancient.  It’s amazing how nearly 24 years can completely change your perspective, doesn’t it?


  1. That was nice. I mean nice reading (not nice getting old)
    Kids don't mix words and are simply straight forward.

  2. I felt old when I did the math on how old I would be when my daughter hit milestones like sweet sixteen and old enough to buy a beer at a bar. Eh!

  3. I had my children at 18 and 19. For some reason, the math lessons didn't stick properly. Fortunately, they both ALWAYS take off a year when trying to figure out my age! I might have been young when they were born, but I was an empty-nester at 37.

  4. I was 24 when I finished producing. My three are now preparing to produce their own. In fact one already has, now that makes me feel old! Loved the post, great start!

  5. Well, I still have one son (14) at home and at 50, I can tell you, your perspective continues to change throughout your life. Wait till grandchildren enter the picture!

  6. Hello Amanda.

    My sister's daughter at age 4 for a Mother's Day card did a fill in the blank. For her mother's age, she guessed 1000! It's so funny what their perception of age and aging is.

    I am also participating in the A to Z Challenge. I think you are my ninth blog stop.

    Have a great week!

  7. This sounds like my 4 year-old son when I turned 30 last month. He couldn't quite believe that I was that old! Nice post.

  8. Congrats on your new blog; I love the look!

  9. Stopping by from A-Z challenge! I love it....omg I love kids, my daughter doesn't talk yet however I so look forward to these times/"conversations" LOL...

  10. I am neither married, nor do I have any kids. But at 25+, I must admit that I am starting to feel quite old, especially when I mention something like The Power Rangers to the current crop of twelve year olds, and they give me that look...

    Thanks for checking out my blog.