Friday, April 01, 2005

Excuse Me, Ma'am?

As children, once we get a grasp on the whole time concept, we start looking forward to major milestones in our lives. Well, major in our minds at the time. When I was 12, I looked forward to being 13, cause it had the word "teen" in it. When I was 15, I looked forward to my "Sweet 16". And then, 17, because that's how old you had to be to drive in New Jersey, where I am from. And then the magical 21. And we all know why.

But after that, we spend a large amount of time trying to reverse the process. I can clearly recall loving the fact that I was 24, but not so much on the 25. The age just sounds weird to me. Then 28 rocked. I loved it! In fact, I was 28 for about two years! Not on purpose, but I loved saying it so much, that I would forget I was 29. Then I turned 30, and well, I loved that!!

I never really had an issue with my age. Those of you who know me know that I don't look my age anyway, so no stress right?

I was in the Taco Bell drive through yesterday picking up a healthy and nutritious meal for the Boy. When I handed the "kid" at the window my money, he asked if I wanted hot sauce. I said "No thanks." He, apparently didn't hear me and asked "Excuse me ma'am?"

WHAT?

I am NOT a ma'am. I am a Mrs. I will even answer to Miss. But Ma'am?

Oh good night, are the laugh lines getting deeper? Are my smile lines getting wider? Wait - is that *gasp* Crow's Feet??

And so the process begins. They say your body starts to really change in your 30's. The Hub is getting ready to turn 30 (yes, go ahead and crack about the cradle robbing), and he is starting to experience the same ached and pains that he laughed at me about three years ago.

Karma is a bitch, isn't she?

So with that I say, bring on the ma'am, bring on the laugh lines. If I have those, then I know my life is fulfilled.

Ma'am.

2 comments:

Tina said...

...so what exactly does your age look like? As I get older I think we change our views on what our ages look like. Just think back..I know when I was 12, a 30 year old person looked like grandps to me! But since I have surpassed that and slinking closer to 40, I don't think 50 looks so old anymore..haha

rikapopika said...

Age is such a jittery little critter. It creeps up on you when you least expect it. My body is definitley feeling older as I start to ache in my knees and hips and I think what did I do to deserve this??? Oh right, I LIVED MY LIFE! Then I am smacked back into the reality of the psychology of aging- it's not how you feel outside, it's how you feel inside that counts. Take some anti-inflammatory drugs, suck it up, move on and enjoy life Rika!