I was in my early twenties when a teenage clerk at the grocery store called me "ma'am" for the first time. I looked around to see who he was talking to. "Are you talking to me????" I know they are told to do that to be polite, but I was not amused. Nothing like being put in your place by a 16 year old. Sigh.
After I got married, some people thought it would be fun to call me Mrs. _______ (my last name). Every time they called me that I always ignored them because I thought they were talking to my mother-in-law (we went to the same church).
My pediatrician was a twelve year old. I'm just sayin'. He looked that young, folks. And he was about that tall too.
As my kids got old enough to talk, and their little friends were old enough to talk, I had to make peace with the Mrs. label. It was either let them call me Mrs. so-and-so or let them call me Nan. I don't think so.
It is a little strange having a four year old call you by your first name when he comes over to your house. So, you have to make peace with the Mrs. label or just accept a four year old as your peer. Not that that is a baaaad thing.........
However, the Mrs. label is only the beginning of what ya gotta make peace with as you turn into a grownup. It's not so bad! There are lots of benefits to being a grownup!
- You can eat at the big kid's table.
- You can drink pop for dinner if you want.
- You don't have to wear that outfit if you don't want to.
- You can wear shorts and flip flops in winter if you want to.
- You don't have to wear a coat outside unless you want to.
- If you forget something, you can just blame it on getting older.
- You don't have to eat all your vegetables if you don't want to.
- You can stay up past your bedtime.
- You can eat dessert for breakfast if you want, *cough*not that I've done that*cough.
- You can see over the counter at a fast food restaurant.
- You don't have to sit in a high chair or a booster seat.
You can try on clothes and not worry about outgrowing them
- You can buy new clothes if your love for chocolate is not agreeing with you.