Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Grandma?

Now, I know I'm 40, and that officially qualifies me for middle age. I know I have a few (okay, maybe more than a few) gray hairs beginning to show.

We've had the AARP applications arrive in the mail. They actually made me smile, because hey - they come with hotel discounts.

But, I'll admit I was a little flabbergasted, when three "boys" walked by the Man of the House and I, at the grocery store, last night, with a toddler in their cart.

She waved excitedly at me saying, "Mama! Mama!"

"No honey," one of the boys, who I can only assume was her father, corrected. "That's not your grandma."

GRANDMA!?!

Well, there's a first time for everything.

Still, I reassured myself, by pointing out to my very amused husband, that the boy couldn't have been a day over 20, and the baby was at least two...so she probably does have a ridiculously young grandmother.

It's great to be a homeschooler.

17 comments:

Raising a Happy Child said...

This is too funny. Didn't happen to me yet, but there is first for everything as you say :)

Debbie said...

It is so funny to hear what comes out the mouths of babes. Most people don't know rather I am grandma or mom when Selena and I are out. Some ask and some try to guess.

Lesley said...

So funny! You're adorable...thanks for making me smile this morning!

Christy said...

Too funny! I have decided to stop highlighting my hair and I am scared to death to see what might appear.

Charlene said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one flabbergasted by such words.

There are several young people at work (I only work part time, so they don't see me every day). And I'm constantly thrown for a loop, hurt, appalled etc. by the number of them that call me "mom".

I mean I do have an 18 year old and maybe, just maybe, I'm the same age as their parents, but I think to myself...what?? I'm only 38!! When did I stop being the cute one and when did they start noticing my daughter instead? Hmppff!

Joyful Learner said...

Oh no! That man must be near-sighted to make such a mistake! Obviously since the kids were calling you mama by mistake...which makes me think they might be near-sighted as well. I always thought you were younger than I am. Love the color of your eyes, by the way.

Don't you have to be 50 to be an AARP member? I guess something to look forward to?

Joyful Learner said...

I've read that nearsightedness runs in the family. It makes sense.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Joyful Learner - I'll have to check into the age for AARP. The applications starting showing up when the Man of the House turned 43.

Kimberly said...

I've had grey hairs since I was 20. I'm 38 now and my boys keep trying to convince me to not cover my grey hairs, that they mean I wise.

ya. whatever.

April said...

I think I am a lot younger than a lot of blogging moms but it is still crazy how the years are creeping up on me. When I was substituting for 1st grade the other day, it came up that the kids were born in 2004.

I was thinking "Are you SERIOUS?"

For some reason, my husband has started getting mail from AARP asking him to join. I don't know where they made that mistake, he's nowhere near old enough lol

By the way, you look great :)

phasejumper said...

Your comment to your husband made me smile!

Phyllis said...

I was at the grocery store once hugely pregnant with my last son and the clerk asked me if I wanted the senior citizen discount. I know I do have mostly gray hair, but still. You would think the big belly would have given her a clue. I never really think much about my gray hair since I started going gray at 16, but I guess that was it.

Bailey said...

There is only ten years difference between my oldest nephew and myself. As the seventh of eight kids this was not unexpected. However, I do find it a bit unnerving when people assume that I am parent to some and possibly granparent to others. I am perfectly OK with Auntie.

Sometimes it is best not to try to figure out other people's family relationships. I know mine are too complicated to begin figuring out others.

Brimful Curiosities said...

Never know what you'll hear at the grocery store!

Kylie said...

Too funny, I have just a couple of greys beginning to appear now.

Ticia said...

Oh my.

Becky said...

I'm learning that the grocery store isn't a very nice place to be! I graduated from high school in 99. I like to think that I am still relatively young. I was wearing my soccer shirt from my senior year --- it still fits so I must still be young, right?? --- and it said on the front Panthers '99. The boy checking out my groceries was like, does that mean you graduated in '99. Why yes, not that long ago!!
No, he says, "wow, i was only 4. that was a loooong time ago." Thanks, kid. Thanks a lot.