Friday, March 17, 2006

Now They've Done It

I never really feel old. Certain moments--like realizing my nephew is about to turn 15--highlight the passage of time, but that doesn't translate into recognition that I'm "old."

I feel the same way I felt when I was 20 and an intern at National Geographic; 24 and a pregnant new employee at my current job; 30 and the mother of a kindergartener. I always feel like other people are older. Sometimes a lot older, sometimes a little, but rarely just my age or younger.

I'm not sure why that is. Maybe because I was 4 when I started kindergarten and didn't turn 5 until halfway through the school year, so until I graduated from college (a semester early and therefore not yet 21), I was always the youngest of my peers. It startles me when I learn the parent of a child in my kids' class is much younger than I am. But it never made me feel old.

So now I just learned that these two guys are turning 35 this month:

Alan Tudyk's birthday was yesterday, and Nathan Fillion's is March 27. They both turn 35 about three months after I did. I thought they were both much older than me..."much" meaning one to five years. But they're YOUNGER.

And for some reason, that bothers me much more than knowing my youngest is about to turn 7, or that my husband is nearly 40, or that I'm two years from my 20th high school reunion.


MaryF said...

Kiefer Sutherland is younger than me (by a few months). That stung. The boy is lived in, I guess.

The 20th HS reunion - THAT got to me.

Also when I turned the same age my mother was when I got married. And I'm about to turn the same age my mother was when she had my baby brother.

Natalie Damschroder said...

I remember being surprised about his age, too. Coy of you not to say how old he actually is. LOL

I'm two years shy of the age my mother was when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, so that's a jab. But I was 16 when it happened, and my oldest is 10, so that doesn't correlate for me.