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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The easiest connection

Shouting out how many candles were on our last birthday cake isn't something we regularly do as adults. It's more of a private affair, especially for woman. Even with my friends I sometimes feel uncomfortable asking how old they are. I don’t want to pry. And I certainly don't want to make anyone feel self-conscious.

But as a kid, it is something to be proud of. Last night I was out listening to Christmas carolers with the kids and some friends. Mathematician Friend introduced me to her friend and her friend's kids. The one boy said: "My name is Daniel and I'm four and a half." Preschooler in Chief lit up and said with total delight, "I'm four and a half too!" That was all they needed to connect, to know that they would get along. And so I shouted out, "I'm 34. But after Christmas, I'll almost be 34 and a half!"

It was silly, but it felt good to get it out there. I don't have any hang-ups about my least for now.


  1. I still feel a special kinship with somebody when I find out they're the same age as I am. "Oh, you graduated from high school in 1989, college in 1993 and remember the A-Team too? Awesome!"

  2. i'm 35 1/2!!

    my son can't even say that, yet.

    i like to imagine i look young for my age.

    it's all about being young -- people want to stay young. beyond that i do not know why anyone should be ashamed to state their age. it's, quite frankly, VERY RIDICULOUS!

  3. What's even more distressing is when you start to lose track. 36? 38?

    I was born in July 1970. I love finding the other 1970 babies on the blogs I read, and I'm going to be aggressively indifferent to age for as long as physically and emotionally possible.

    37! Almost 37 and a half!

  4. Say it loud and say it proud! ;^) I'm glad our birthdays are only a week apart. I will always have someone lovely to share my age with. :^D

    Just the other day, I was interviewing a childcare provider on the phone and she said, "Do you mind if I ask you how old you are?" When I told her I'm 34, she said, "Wow! You just sound like such a young mom." That made me happy. I'm not really a young mom, but I'm still a young person - at least on the inside, where it really counts. ;^)