Or a fat teenager? (Only b/c I was thin teen...and now I have some motherly curves on me!)
A window salesman just came to our door...and was surprised that I was "the lady of the house." This happens every time sales people come to my house...or when I get solicitors on the phone. They think I'm the kid of the house.
Growing up, everyone though my younger sisters would older than me. Really?? ugh. Annoying!
I remember as a newlywed, going to a service project with the teenage youth of the church. If you were 16 or under, you had to write your age on your name tag. I of course was like 25 or 26....but was questioned about my age b/c of my "youthful" face.
I was soooooo excited when I turned 30. It was on a Sunday and I was 9 months pregnant with #3. I had found a Large pin at a garage sale the previous summer that read "It's my birthday! I'm 30!!" When I snickered over it that summery day, the home owners questioned me. After they heard that I was turning 30 in a year, they gladly gave me the button for free b/c I looked nothing like my age. So, on that 30th bday...I wore the oversized button on my dress (with my over sized belly sticking out) when I went to church. Glad to finally be able to say "I'm thirty something."
Although to this day, people still think I'm young. At 37, I'm not young. I'm not old..but I am not young either. I work with a woman at church who is forever making remarks about how young I am. How "Dawn doesn't have to worry about this or that b/c she's too young." Or "If we were Dawn's age...." Good grief. I bet that lady is 10-13 years older than me. Yes, she's older. But her attitude makes her a lot older.
Since I've been treated this way throughout my life, both positively and negatively, I have learned to talk to anyone and everyone...regardless of their age. I think that is something many "age noticers" miss out on. In my opinion, that's why there are cliques. Some people are too worried about being with only those who share the same age, same experiences, same sort of houses. But boy, they are certainly missing a lot when they dismiss others.
Let's just hope that that I can continiue having youthful energy and enthusiasim for as long (if not longer) as my youthful countenace!