Things That Make You Go, “Damn, I’m Old”

Most days I think of age as just a number. I’m 42 but hey I can still bust a move on the dance floor, although I need to pop a few Advil the next day. I can also lip sync Lady Gaga in my car with the best of them, but this completely mortifies my girls and they end up screaming, “Mom STOP,” in increasing decibel levels when we approach their school, our house, or pretty much anywhere they could be recognized in public. I don’t wear mom jeans and I actually wear skinny jeans. I love to go out, or really the idea of going out, because, let’s face it lately I’m happy to be in bed on the weekends by 11.

OK 10.

Despite my relatively youthful outlook on life, minus a few aches and pains, here are some things that are making me feel older than 42 lately:

  • The Karate Kid is 50
  • Andy Rooney was 92
  • Some of my co-workers are young enough to be my children (should I have had children in my very early 20s)
  • Some of my high school friends have kids in high school and even college or, gasp, who are married
  • My 11-year-old dog and I are both taking glucosamine
  • I recently bought muscle rub, Ibuprofen, and Epsom salts at the drug store and got a printout coupon about AARP membership
  • My 25-year high school reunion is next summer
I know age is just a number, right?


  1. carie says:

    You don’t look a day over 29! I had the same experience with my son the other day, we were in the Jeep & listening to the radio on the way to to his H.S. soccer practice and he turned down the volume (very quickly) when “baby got back” came on and said there is no way we’re rollin’ up with that playin’ & you singin’.


  2. Blonde Mom says:

    Deanna, yes! You’re on like Donkey Kong girl.

    Beth, I definitely have lines, too, but they give us character right?

    And thanks Carie.Too bad I don’t still have the energy I had at 29!

  3. Tabor says:

    Decades ago…when you were younger than young, one of my teenage son’s friends was impressed that I even knew who Alanis Morissett was. I hold that memory close to my heart. Now that I am old they worry about me on ladders. Just wait!

  4. Melinda says:

    When I ask children if they’ve seen Aladdin before, they ask me if Disney’s Aladdin was in black and white! LOL-I’m only 24, but children sure know how to make me feel old!

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