never ask a woman her age

I’m not sure I get what the big deal is. What’s wrong with wanting to know how old someone is? (I’m a lousy guesser.) I mean I can understand not asking a gal how much she weighs or how many fun-size Twix bars she ate last night after her kids were in bed or how many stretch marks she has after bearing one or more children–but her age? Where’s the shame in that? We’re all born at a certain point in time, and time keeps ticking on at the same rate for all of us, right?

You’re how old?!? Forty-two?!? Are you kidding me?!?! How could you have let that happen?!? You should know better!! For shame!

Please.

So, now that we all agree that age is NO BIG DEAL and we all get older and that getting older is actually really fun and cool, go ahead and spill the beans–how old are you?

I’ll start. I’m 33. I was born on Halloween in 1975. And 33 is my most favorite age so far. (well, except for the past couple weeks, but we’ll just toss those out) I’m now at an age that I can distinctly remember my mom being. That’s a little weird. I’m also the age Jesus was when He died. That’s disconcerting. And I’m the largest positive integer that can not be expressed as a sum of different triangular numbers (and you thought I only knew words).

I like it when younger women look up to me because I’m “experienced.” I don’t like how hard it is to keep my body in the kind of shape that would cause me to grin when I stand in front of a mirror naked. I like that I’ve survived childbirth and teething and potty-training multiple times. I don’t like that my oldest daughter is already 8 and will be taller than her mama in no time flat. I like that I’ve lived so much. I don’t like that I weigh what I did when I got married but somehow, some way, I can’t fit into the same size clothes without spilling and bulging all over the place. (?!?)

I remember eating at Ponderosa (gag me with a spoon!) with my family when I was in college. I was wearing a Curious George t-shirt and had my hair in a ponytail, and I must have looked pretty young, because the waitress thought my 6-years-younger sister, Bethany, was older than me. She looked all put together, and I looked little-kiddish. We’ve since re-assumed our correct roles. She’s a fresh young 27 now with the occasional spunky braids, pink shoes and Strawberry Shortcake t-shirts. She looks 19, and I look 39.

But wait. I have an awful story. My 9-years-younger sister, Stephanie, and I were garage-saling with Livi and Ava when I was pregnant with Nina. I was looking at baby clothes, and the lady said, “Do you know what you’re having?” “Yes, a girl.” She looked over at Steph, Livi and Ava, then turned to me and said, “Four girls! Wow!” Oh my stinking word. Please don’t tell me I look old enough to have birthed my 20-year-old sister. You’ll be getting no business of mine! Funny thing was, Stephi was offended too. “How young does she think I am? I do not look young enough to be your daughter!” I was all, “Dude! She thinks I’m your MOM! Dude!”

It gets worse. Gabe’s mom was visiting our church one weekend, and we were dropping the girls off at their class. The teacher (who knows me) looked at me and Janelle and said, “Oh, wow. Is this your sister?” Oh, heaven help us. Now, granted, my MIL isn’t some old bid, and she’s only 17 years older than me. But still. Will someone please give me a break? Please? Anyone?

I’d love to know how old you are. And what you like about your age. And if you’re feeling brave, you can even tell me how old people usually think you are. At the end of the day, I’m going to take the youngest age and the oldest age and randomly generate an integer somewhere in between. Let’s say the lucky number is 46. Anyone who’s 46 and left a comment will win a silly little prize that I will handpick from somewhere in my house and mail to you. Watch out–it could be fabulous.

2 things– 1.) your age. 2.) your favorite thing about being that young.

This is going to be fun!

87 thoughts on “never ask a woman her age

  1. The Secret Life of Kat

    I’m 33. I’ve loved my thirties.

    My worst age story is that I used to work at a radio station. Rachael Lampa (a young teen at the time) came to perform and my job was basically to hang out with her for the day and make sure she had stuff she needed.

    At the signing table after her performance, a girl asked me if I was Rachael’s mom or something. Her MOM?!

    I’d just turned 25. Rachael was 16. That’s not even possible.

    That evening I bought some new clothes…

    🙂

  2. Stephanie

    I’m 23 years old. I feel oh so young. When I was 17, everyone thought I was 21. Now that I’m 23, everyone thinks I’m 17.

    One time I was talking with my youth pastor hubby at a youth event, his arm around me, our faces close together, and a parent was standing nearby. When we separated and I walked off, the parent came up to Daniel and said that he wanted to talk to him about a student and was waiting for me to step away before talking about ANOTHER student in front of me. Um, first of all – I’m the youth pastor’s wife, I’m not 16. And secondly, I’m pretty sure a youth pastor (at least, a respectable one) wouldn’t talk to a female student with his arm around her. Weird.

    Also, I’m the baby of the family. No matter how old I ever get in my life, I’m still the youngest. Forever. Even when I’m 60 years old and having grandchildren, I will still be less experienced and less wise than my siblings. There’s something sad, and yet a little fun, about that.

    All of my closest friends are 3-6 years older than me. We don’t notice the difference normally, but when ages do come up it’s like they all forgot my actual age. WHAT?? You’re only 23?!?! You’re so young!!! I completely forgot you were that young!!!! I simply respond with, well, you’re 40 right?

  3. Elizabeth

    I’m 39 (for about 2 more weeks) – and what I like best about it is that it’s not 40!! I’m not looking forward to this b-day – partly because I loved my 30’s so much, and partly because I don’t want to seem “old”! I’m more conscious of it now that those numbers are creeping up there!

    I occasionally have people tell me I look young, or too young for my kids, etc. (which I appreciate!). But in general I think I look and feel my age. And I’m sure once I get over that “hump”, it won’t really be a big deal.

  4. Jamie Nygaard

    I’m still getting used to your new blog. EIGHTY-THREE comments?!?! WOWZERS! You are one popular chick!

    My age…well I tell you because you asked, but I SURE hope you know it! 🙂 I’m 32 and proud of it. I’m with you on the age thing…I have NEVER understood why people freak out about telling people how old they are.

    My mother in law is 62 (63?) and NEVER tells ANYONE how old she is. Christian actually just found out a couple years ago how old she was. But she has nothing to be ashamed of!! She is one HOT momma! I sure hope I look as good as she does when I’m 62!!! SERIOUSLY!

  5. Cindy Swanson

    WEll, if you must know, Marla–I’m 52. Turned that ripe old age in December…hard to believe!

    What I like about it? I have the advantage of having lived through a lot of mistakes and trials that I believe give me wisdom.

  6. Bethany

    For the record, I don’t wear my hair in braids anymore! 🙂 But I did dig out my S.S. shirt (it fits now that I’m not pregnant anymore) and wore it on Saturday!

    I am 27. And people always think I’m a teenager. I’m hoping that people will continue to think I look younger than I really am (because then it will start to become a compliment rather than an insult).

    I love being 27. It’s a cool number, I still have a few years left of being in my “twenties”, I don’t have wrinkles or gray hair yet, and I can still wear fun clothes and not be accused of trying to be too hip. And I have lots of childbearing years ahead of me!

  7. ginger

    I’m 41. I think. I honestly don’t keep up with it. Have to subtract the year I was born…never mind. I still don’t feel like a grown up. I’m not sure how old people think I am except my kids who are sure that I am ancient. 🙂
    Favorite thing about this age? That I know that my commitments are not based on my (highly) volatile emotions. I’m thinking that is going to come in handy in the next few years. At least that’s what my mom & mil tell me. 😉

  8. Gabe Taviano

    Never ask Bill or I our age either. I’m 13 years older than when we first met…..guess that makes me 32. When I’m 38 you will have known me half my life. Maybe my niece that shares my birthday could post her first blog comment. I’ll send her a signed copy of your book if she does. From your Uncle Gabe……and yes, that is all he thinks about! I’m glad God has let me enjoy math, and am thrilled to see God connecting people of all ages on your blog.

  9. Conny

    I am 38. I was not happy about it because I had higher hopes for my maturity by this point of my life. I also had hoped I’d have another child or two…..my “biological clock” thing is ticking!! I think I’d feel “younger” if I could have a baby – but right now I feel old & barren, if I allow my brain to dwell there too long. The thing I do love is knowing that GOD is in control of the path I’ve come the last 38 years and He’ll be faithful for the next 38 (and beyond)!

  10. Deborah

    Age: 32 (I keep forgetting…)
    Age I feel: ~25
    Age I’m often guessed: Between college (‘What year are you?’) to twenties. I have a sneaking suspicion that this multiplying gray hair is going to put a halt to that.
    Best thing about it: Being old enough to be my own boss. (Yes, my poor, dear, darling Mother survived my growing up.) 🙂

  11. Megan @ Hold it UP to the Light

    Well, I’m 33 also…and I’m still getting used to the number since my birthday was just yesterday. I guess I’m now closer to 35 than I am to 30, and that is about the best I can do at the end of this day.

    I will say this, though: I am really enjoying my 30s more than my 20s. I somehow feel much more mature, and so much more sure of myself. I feel like I’ve finally passed the “searching” point and am now just trying to live my life to the fullest. I am content and happy and secure. I feel like I have so much to look forward to!

    It’s going to be a great year!

  12. Risha

    I’m 29…and this year I will turn 30. I have also never understood people’s refusal to admit their real age. Wear it like a badge, people! You’ve lived and hopefully learned a lot, so share it!

    When I was in my early 20’s, people thought I was still 16 or 17. That used to bug me a lot.

    My sister is 3 years younger than me, and growing up, people always thought we were twins. When I was in college and newly out of college, people thought my sister was older. I gradually came to accept it as a good thing that I looked younger and she looked older. I figured in 10 years, she might actually look her age, but I would probably still look younger!

    What I like about being 29 is that I finally feel as though I’ve “earned” my place in adulthood. I’ve been married for a number of years, and I will have 2 children as of this coming Monday. My life experiences are piling up, and I like that. I’m hoping the best is yet to come!

  13. Emma

    i am 27… and the best thing about this age is that i had my first baby last year in august (my birthday is in may). people never guess i’m as old as i am, but it’s the same with my mom and sister. for me, people always guess early 20’s and i get carded all the time. but it makes me feel good. and i don’t feel any older than i did when i was a teenager, just more mature

  14. Kelly @ Love Well

    I’m (newly) 37, but I have a very youthful face, so most people think I’m younger. It was annoying when I was 26 and everyone thought I was in high school. But these days? I’m cool with it.

    It also helps to cart around young children, and I’m never in short supply of those. Kids keep you young.

  15. Rhonda S

    1. I’m 46. For some reason I have trouble remembering this. I told a group of friends just a couple of months ago that I was 48 – and I really believed I was. My little sister who just turned 40 had to set me straight.

    2. I’m happy in my life whatever the age. I’ve been so blessed. I do get a little disturbed, however, when people ask me about my “grandchildren” who are really my little boys. In their defense, I guess I am old enough to be the boys’ grandmother. My situation is a little different. I have daughters who are 20 and 22 and my boys who are 3 and 8. I wouldn’t change a thing though. God certainly knew best when He put our family together.

  16. Kelly

    I’m 25. I like being 25 because I can be the “cool teacher” like Angela said. It’s funny how kids look at a teacher and decide if they are strict or not based on their looks. Some of them are very surprised when they have me!

    Within the past year, I’ve gotten carded for going to a rated R movie, so needless to say, I look pretty young. .

  17. Angela

    I’m 24. I love that I’m young enough to be the “cool” teacher but old enough to be a mom (a responsible mom).

    Am I the only one that gets tired of her age a long time before it’s time to change, I’ve already starting answering the question with 25, because I forget I’m still 24 (and I still have five months to go!). It happens to me every year. I suppose the memory only goes downhill from here, right?

  18. Sue Oda

    OLD! What is that but a word. The tree in my front yard is “old” but it still spreads its leaves and gives shade. It still does what it did 60 years ago. Now, my mother is 92 and she would tell you that she is still young–and she is!
    She thinks young and she likes to be around younger people.

    As far as I’m concerned, age is a “state of mind.” We all have it and we will all keep adding to it. I love being 70! I would not go back to 20 or 30 at all. I feel young and alive and I hang out with young people. Some of my best friends are 30 years younger than me.

    The older I get, the more exciting life is. People say I look younger than 70. I feel blessed to be 70, look 50 and feel 40 (most days). God is good and I cherish each day He gives me. I hope to still accomplish much for His Glory in the next 20 years.

  19. Holly V.

    To JANELLE TAVIANO:

    I can only HOPE to be half the mom and grandmother you are by 50…

    You have blessed an amazing amount of people in your life. Your families adore you and you do AMAZING work for others. How many 50 year old women do you know that go backstage at Rock concerts? (And enjoy it!) Not many!!

    Remember that Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder. I would imagine that if Christ is looking at you right now – He is blown away by your beauty.

    Thanks for being you.

  20. Kelley

    Haha, great post! I am so afraid of having foot in mouth syndrome that I try not to guess and/or comment on other people’s ages.
    I am 25, but 26 is ever looming. Honestly, 25 was a hard age because you are officially in your “mid-twenties” and you’re supposed to know all this life stuff and all I want to do is hang out in my pajamas, eat cereal, and watch bad tv! How I wish I could revert to my college days again!
    The best thing about being 25 is that I got married this year, which was the biggest life event for me thus far. People obviously think I’m still under 21 since I get carded every time I want a glass of wine, so that’s a good thing!

  21. Cydney

    I am 42 and really don’t mind telling anyone. One reason is because I am usually guessed to be younger. I love this age because I have a 3 year old that just make everyday wonderful. Plus he really made turning 40 a piece of cake because our birthdays are only 4 days apart.

  22. sheila p.

    Well, I am 41. Here lately I feel like it or older. I used to think people were old at 41 but not anymore. I can’t believe I have 2 kids that are almost grown. That will make you wonder where the time went!!!! People always say my mom looks young and we look like sisters so I hope I am as lucky as her. I will probably look like her mother before to much longer with my luck. My grandparents are 90 and still get around good so I hope they pass it to every generation…..

  23. Jen L.

    I’m 32, but most people think I’m way younger. Especially living in a college town, I often get mistaken for a PSU student. With all the gray hairs I’ve gotten in the past year, I don’t think I’ll have to worry about that too much longer! Maybe it’s because my little Samantha is turning 1 year old on Saturday??? 🙂

  24. Mary

    I’m 29 and have two little kids and a big pregnant belly. I’m proud of all three and am starting to let the, “You look 17 and this is your THIRD kid?” comments go. My mom has always looked young and I know it’s a great blessing to look younger than you are…but I do get some serious TEENAGE PREGNANCY glares. 🙂

  25. Krisco

    I’m younger than you. I like it because I’m younger than you. 🙂 tee hee hee

    I’m 28. I like it cause I’m still in my 20’s (holding on for dear life) but I’m old enough that I’ve lived a little and can give advice when asked. 🙂

  26. Laurie

    1. I’m 41. I’m good with that, I just don’t want to LOOK old!

    2. I got married young and had children pretty early, so I’ve been married awhile now and will have an empty nest within the next 3 years. I hear some mothers crying about that and maybe I will, but I’m excited for my daughters’ opportunities and I’m excited that I’ll be on my OWN schedule finally!! Anyway, with time I’ve definitely learned a few things — mostly what not to sweat over!

  27. Valerie

    I am 31 years old today! So far, it’s a good age! 🙂 As a special birthday gift, I had my 20 week ultrasound this morning and discovered I am having a girl this June. Not a bad way to start one’s 31st year! As for guessing my age, people usually put me 5 years younger than I am, probabaly out of courtesty, but the gray hairs are really starting to give me true age away!

  28. Sarah

    I’m 28. I don’t know how I feel about this age yet because I just turned 28 yesterday (thanks for the bday wishes by the way) 🙂 I’m with you on the age thing though. I really don’t think it matters.

  29. Amy

    I’m 33 and I love my age right now because I know things I didn’t know 10 years ago, which means, I must have continued to be intrigued by learning something new along the way! And that I’m not afraid to speak up and have some confidence and encouragement for other women. That wouldn’t have happened 10 years ago!

  30. Gail

    You promised a rude question. I can’t believe you went there.

    Just kidding. I don’t know why people get so hung up about age. It’s just a number! The only time I cared was when I was a brand-new high school teacher. I wouldn’t have told my 18-yr-old students I was 22 in a million years! I always made them guess, and I never told them if they were right.

    I’m 32. It’s awesome because it’s where God has me right now. And because it’s 6 months younger than you are. 😛

  31. Lacey

    I’m 26, too, but I think most people think I’m a little older than that. Probably because I have three kids (ages 4, 2, and 1) with baby #4 on the way! As crazy as it will be to have four kids ages 4-1/2 and under, I love that I’m having all my kids by my mid(ish) twenties. I will be a young grandma someday (Lord-willing)! I have to agree with a previous commenter that I also enjoy reaching the age where I don’t wish to be older. I’m pretty happy right where I am!

  32. Rebecca

    I’m 34! I love being this age! At work, people are starting to take me a tad more seriously. (After all, what does a young woman know about anything in the work place???) Yeah! I love my age. It’s….sigh….nice. I don’t mind growing older one bit.

    Rebecca

  33. Emily

    I’m 26. People think I’m younger when I’m with my parents because they have some good, anti-aging genes and look much younger than they are. People commonly think that I am and my two boys are ALL my mom’s children. Now, when I’m with my husband – who is nine years older than I am – people tend to think I’m a little older. So, I guess it all balances out! Honestly, I’m much less worried about growing older than I am about continuing to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ! 🙂

  34. Jennifer Griffin

    I am 29…ok fine…33 years old. I was tempted to say 46. 🙁 I once heard…hope you make it this year(33)..it’s the year Jesus died. That was encouraging. When I am with my mom we always get asked if we are sisters! She loves it! I am honored to have people think I look a little like her since she’s beautiful. 🙂 Most of the time I do get asked if I am 27 or 28..that is nice. 🙂 Those people become my best friends. J/K.

    Love it..your blog rocks!

  35. Christine Smith

    I’m 27 and some days I feel so old. My husband is a youth work (and is two years younger than I) and we have a ton of college kids helping out. Their in their early 20’s and sometimes I look back and miss that phase of life. It was one of my favorites – off in college, taking on life for the first time. But now I get the benefit of experience (ahh..sweet wisdom, thank you Lord!) and I get to do big girl stuff like get married to a hot-godly-amazing-youth pastor and start our own business together. Yea! 🙂
    And then there are days I feel stuck in the middle – not “going off to college” young and not “mom with kids” experienced. We don’t have children (yet?) and so I’m feeling a little culturally or socially out of sync. Okay, enough with all that. God has been good to me in my 27th year of life, and I know He’ll continue to walk with me through the next however many years are to come! (PS. 116:7).

  36. Emily Kay

    I’m 25…a quarter of a century old! I feel horribly young to have a kid with one on the way, and I know everyone thinks I look that way too. At the grocery store when I’m with Shiphrah I always get those “oooh unwed teenage mother” looks from other people. Bah, mind your own business I say! It’s gotten better though…when I was 20 people thought I was 14 which made me absolutely miserable.

  37. Kelly form Montana

    33 for another month!
    I love being old enough to make my own choices about so many things and young enough to still do the things I choose to do;)

  38. Kathryn

    Ok, I just turned 30 in early December. I had THE WORST time with it. I don’t know why. I loved my twenties, so I think that may be why I had such a hard time. I think the thing that I love the most about my age is that EVERYONE is shocked when I tell them how old I am! Most people think that I am in my early twenties. I still get carded when I want to buy a bottle of wine! The store owner in my town gave me a weird look before he asked for my ID and a customer that was standing there said that she’d report him if he hadn’t carded me! To stinkin’ funny! That made my day!!

  39. Heather

    I am 32. About once a week I think that I am 31 and then have a second of shock when I realize that I have forgotten again that I am actually 32 and that in August I will be 33.

    I am content with my age. The 20s are rough and I was happy to put them behind me. And my Mom is awesome and has just gotten better with age, so I think I have things to look forward to.

    I think I look and act my age. People don’t usually speculate differently and I have friends that are older so I generally feel pretty young.

    But it’s true what they say – it goes by so fast. Wasn’t I 16 just yesterday?

  40. Carrie

    I’m 27, but unfortunately the wrinkles in my forehead make people think I’m in my mid-30’s. 🙂

    My favorite thing about being 27? Enjoying my little one-year-old (14 months today!) and looking forward & dreaming of many more babies to come!

  41. Jenna

    This girl is 24! Will be 25 soon which seems weird but exciting. I like being this age because you are most certainly considered an adult, but no one expects you to neccesarily have it all together. When I tell people, “I’m just trying to figure it all out!” they always get in and are quick to add, “Oh you will! Take your time.” Love that!

  42. Ashley

    I’m 24 (will be 25 next month).

    Most people think I’m older (27ish) – I think having two kids and having been married young (was married at 21, first kid at almost 23) helps with that impression. I like my age, but at times, I wish I could be this age without the responsibilities of life (kids, husband, etc), but then again, I love my life, and I wouldn’t trade any of them for anything!

    I have to agree with you, however, that although I am the same “size” as I was when I got married, nothing “fits” the same (I still have quite a bit of baby bulge to lose from my first kid, and now I have a four month old, too) and I probably should buy new clothes… I’m still trying to cram my body into the ones I wore when I was dating my husband – not so attractive now!

    I found a picture the other day on my sister’s FB, and sent it to my husband – it was a picture from our first Christmas together… his comment was “I haven’t aged a bit”… mine was “two kids and four years certainly has aged me!”

    Thankfully, as I age physically, I’m also aging spiritually. Looking back in my journals to that same period of time, I can see how much I’ve aged spiritually.

    Thanks be to God for His grace in growing me up!! 🙂

  43. Sandi

    I’m 54 – wow, am I the oldest so far?

    What do I love best about my fifties? It sounds really silly, but grandchildren. Next best is perspective.

  44. Mavis Davis

    I’m 35… and I love it, i don’t care anymore what people think (or at least that what I keep telling myself!). People usually think I am 18, I carded all the time for everything. Sometimes they think I am in college, I used to hate it, but as I get older I love it! 🙂 The one thing I hate about being young is I don’t get the customer service I deserve. Especially when I am in the electronics dept or furniture stores. They think I am too young to be able to afford anything! SO WRONG…maybe that is why when I was in retail i would HELP ANYONE!!! I’ve been wronged too many times b/c of my young age. My husband loves loves the fact that I look younger than him, technically I am only 6 months older than him, but he still likes to tell people, b/c he looks older than he is! good for work though

  45. Megan@SortaCrunchy

    I’m 31 and a half and I LOVE IT! I love my thirties so much that it just makes me giddy. Love, love, love it. Love the way I’ve finally settled into my skin and no longer get (quite as) caught up in what people think of me. I love where I am in life and I love what I have to look forward to.

  46. Bill Jensen

    I am 56. I have been offered senior discounts in the last couple years. The worst (best?) was at a movie theater where the senior discount was at 65. OUCH! I have always looked older than my age. In my unregenerate days that allowed me to buy beer at 18 (I had a full beard by then) for all my partying friends. My wife is 10 years younger than me and looks five years younger than she is. I am a blessed “old” man.

  47. Trina

    I’m 31 but I feel like I’m in my 20’s.

    I don’t mind my age because I do feel younger than I am and people usually are surprised when I tell them how old I am. And most people are amazed that I have two kids because they think I look too young to have them I guess.

    I like the wisdom and knowledge that comes with getting a little older and I like that I am a role model for the younger single (and married) girls in our ministry.

  48. Rebecca

    I just turned 39 in January.

    I don’t feel 39 because 39 sounds old to me (because it’s so close to 40) and I don’t feel old. But, I am very happy in my life right now. I don’t think I look much younger or much older than I am. I think I feel 36! That feels about right.

  49. Joyce

    I am 48. I have to say my hormones went a little nutso this year which really threw me off kilter but everything seems to have settled down for the time being and I like this age. I really like having young adult children (18 and 20)…they are so interesting. I do enjoy reading young mom’s blogs-it brings back lots of happy memories-but having kids this age is wonderful too.

    I’ve always been told I look younger than I am which I despised as a teenager but really love to hear now. I kind of hate to say that I’m usually mistaken for being younger than I am in case anyone decides to look at pictures on my blog and disagree but for the most part I’m usually mistaken for being younger than I am. My mom is 78 and people always thinks she’s younger than she is too. And my daughters both look younger than they are which they hate but I tell them they’ll appreciate it later. I guess it’s partly in the genes.

    I’m just entering the empty nest phase (still paying for university so I don’t consider myself fully arrived) and I’m enjoying new hobbies, time with my husband, and time to think, something that was missing alot of days in my 30’s! I feel like I’m living more purposefully now.
    I think the only real thing I miss about my younger days is my very flat stomach : ) Cheers, Joyce

  50. Tanya

    I’m 40.
    Each year gets better, and I love the perspective that comes with each year.
    People never think I’m as old as I am, but when I look in the mirror, I wonder how come I look so much older than I feel. 🙂

  51. Missy

    I’m 28. When I was pregnant with Leah (almost four years ago), I got carded while buying a bottle of gas treatement at Wal-Mart b/c they thought i was under 18. Ed and I got another bottle a few weeks later, and we got carded again! I told Ed they must have thought we were unwed teenagers with a baby on the way! (I was big time pregnant). I think now, most people guess me to be about the age I am. Guess I”ll have to start asking!

  52. Heather S.

    I’m 33 also…and I love it! It’s a state of mind. I feel more comfortable in my own skin now. My kiddos are 9-1/2 and 7-1/2. I took them on a date recently while my husband was away for business and the lady who was waiting on us could not BELIEVE these were my kids and thought I was babysitting. Even if she was just saying that because she wanted a big tip that evening, I’ll take it! 🙂 My mom frequently gets called one of my sisters when I’m shopping with her and my two sisters. If I grow older as graceful and beautiful as she is, inside and out, I’m a blessed woman. 🙂

  53. Laurie

    I am 35 years old. I like the 30’s because I finally like who I am. And no I don’t weigh what I did when I got married but I have long since stopped comparing myself to others and it feels great!

    I guess I look my age because people never accuse me of being younger. My mom is very youthful looking for her age. She and I look a lot alike and people would always think we were sisters. I know that made her feel great!

  54. Sarah

    I am totally with you on the age thing. I don’t know why people make such a big deal about it!

    I just turned 26 last month and, for the first time, I wasn’t excited to be another year older. 25 was great because it felt like I was officially an adult (out of that 18-24 range) and I could rent a car without penalty (not that I’ve actually done that yet). I couldn’t see any extra benefit to being 26 vs. 25. However, I really enjoy being in my mid-20s! Sometimes people think I more like 28-29.

  55. Jean Wise

    looks like so far I am the oldest one to respond. I am 58, turning 59 in about 6 weeks.

    I wish someone would have told me how freeing being in the 50s would be and I would not have dreaded them so much. I became more of my true self in this decade. I tried new things and didn’t worry so much about what the other person thought. I giggle more, risked more and reached out more to others. I re-established friendships. I think part of that is due to the kids leaving home and all the empty nest benefits.
    In my 50s, I have felt more alive than any other time previously. Jean Wise

  56. Linds

    I am 54 and have no problem with my age. I just love life and learning new stuff. For heaven’s sake, I blog, tweet, and am on Facebook. I love having adventures,and am about to become a Granny this week. Life is such fun! Who knows what may happen next!
    And now I have the honour of being the oldest to comment….so far!

  57. Rachelle

    45. People think I’m in my late 30’s. Feel like I’m in my 20’s. Looking forward to my 50’s even more than my 40’s. I like the wisdom that comes with age, but the wrinkles, sagging skin and slower metabolism bug me!

  58. Shannon

    I am 23. Will be 24 in May. I think sometimes I forget how young that actually is. I’ve been married 2 1/2 years and I graduated from college 2 years ago. Sometimes I feel disconnected from others my age.

    My sister is almost 4 years younger than me and people have always thought we were closer to the same age. I remember when my sister was starting 8th grade. I was a senior in high school and had to take her to open house because our parents were working. Her teacher asked me if I was going to be in her class too! I was so offended. Now, people think we’re both older than we actually are.

  59. janelle taviano

    I am 50….to look through all the things we get caught up in and KNOW, from time…they just don’t matter at all.

    Yet, I cried on the way home yesterday…seeing the years in my face and the deep worn lines of life. I don’t care how I look, but I don’t believe I am someone to be looked at…in a way to represent JESUS CHRIST…in a picture.

  60. Carol @SheLives

    48. Which just pushed up the numbers in your random integer generator way up. And I’ve just told my age. I never tell my age.

    I think people believe me to be a lot younger because 1) my kids are younger than those of other folks my age. (I got a late start) and 2) I play in a rock band which sort of prevents me from acting my real age. heh.

    My dad and his two sisters were born on Halloween. I posted about him today.

    Fun post! (Age is just a number, right? Yeah, right.)

  61. Ashley

    I am 22. Most people think I am 18ish. My husband and I (he is also 22) get people asking how old we are all the time when we say we have been married 3 years. Their next step is to look around us for a child and assume that is the only reason someone would marry so young. =)

    I like my age bc I can finally see some difference between my spiritual growth from a few years ago with something to compare it to. Seems like with each year, ppl take me a little more seriously. which could be good or bad I guess……nothing too special about being 22.

  62. Deanna

    I’m 28 and so far have never had a problem telling people how old I am. However, the toughest age for me was turning 20…the morning I turned 20 I sat up in my bed and cried. I remember my Mom coming in to see what was wrong and she laughed hysterically when I told her that I was no longer a teenager.

    I don’t necessarily have one special reason for why I love being 28, but so far its been awesome!

  63. Sarah P

    Hello, I’m Sarah. And I’m 30 years old. I didn’t mind turning 30 this past October. I felt proud to reach this age. I’ve also always been the “young faced” one and people never seem to guess my age right – always thinking that I’m younger. I’m happy with where I am in life. 30 is good.

  64. Sarah McGalliard

    I’m 22. I officially started to feel old this year because I couldn’t remember how old I was turning when my birthday came around. Also the five-year-old in the family i nanny for guessed that i turned 40.. i think she still has no concept of age and thinks that just because i’ve finished college and am married i am 40. i don’t look forty. most of the times people guess me as around my actual age. my sister is 24 and people have always thought i am older. i used to take it as a compliment but i don’t know how i feel about that now.

    i don’t get asked for my ID when i buy spray paint or cough syrup anymore, so i guess i now look older than 18 (as opposed to when i was 20).

    i agree with you, i’ve never understood the taboo about age. i think it’s fun!! but then again, i’m still in my early twenties…..

  65. Kelli

    I am 27 and I think that my favorite thing about this age is that I finally hit the point where I am not wishing to be older. It’s not that I mind getting older, but I am finally living in the moment. I think it is great to not be 15 wishing to be 16, 17 wishing to be 18, 20 wishing to be 21, or 23 wishing to be 25.

    I love being 27 TODAY!

  66. Amelia

    OH my. I wrote about this on my 32nd birthday last month. I remember being 16 and thinking I looked SOOO old, like I was 32. Yikes! So far, I love the 30s. And I keep getting people telling me I look 16, when I have my hair all pulled back in a ponytail. 32 is going to be a good year – moving back closer to family, back to the 4 seasons of snow…umm… 🙂

  67. Ali

    28, soon to be 29. I love being in my 20s – still. It blows my mind that my early 20s were full of sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll (Thank God I have Jesus), and here I am, only a few years later, mother-wife-believer-and still a lot of fun but now when I have fun, I’m coherent.
    I also like being the baby. I’m an older sister, so I never experienced being the baby. But my husband is 3 years older, and ALL of his friends are older than him, so when we all get together I’m the youngest by 8 or 9 years. It’s kind of fun.
    I’m still settling into myself, but it gets better and easier everyday. God has been so good to me.

  68. Rachel

    I am 28. It’s a good age, but with two toddlers in the house (and a little cold in my nose today) I feel a few years older. Its a good age – it seems like a lifetime ago that I was in college doing silly things, and in good health and spirits with my little kiddos.

    I’ve always looked pretty young. Got carded at the movie theater when I was 24.

  69. Jennifer

    I’m 30. I felt like I lived my twenties well and wasn’t sad to see them end. I really hope that I feel the same way ten years from now, when I’m leaving my thirties. I’m fairly certain that it’ll be a busy decade, since my tots will be 11 and 12 (yikes!) when that day comes along.

    People always assume that I’m younger than Wes. Not because I look younger but because of how he carries himself. He LOOKS like he’s fifteen, though, so they really can’t figure out how old we are. Which is nice. 😀

  70. Heather Fryling

    I am 34, turn 35 in June. I am not looking forward to 35… why I am not sure. I remember when I was turning 28 I felt horrible. I guess because I felt like my 20’s were coming to a close and maybe I felt like I didn’t do as much as I had wanted in my 20’s. My oldest son always thinks I am 32 or 33, I have to tell him over and over again that I am 34. People always tell me I don’t look “THAT OLD”- that old- I am NOT that old. People don’t believe me when I tell them I have a 7 yr old and 1 yr old. I feel that I don’t act my age- I’m a big goof- always making people laugh. So I guess at some point I am going to have to act my age.
    I love my 30’s because of my children. The thing I like the least about getting older is that my parents are getting older and that they aren’t as healthy as they used to be.

  71. Claire

    I’m 20. People usually guess that I’m 28 though. Maybe it’s because of my immense wisdom, maturity, and insight… or maybe, just maybe, because I have a husband and a baby! 😉 I enjoy being my age because I know that I still have a lot of exciting things ahead of me- finishing school, having more babies, etc. It’s also interesting because in my short two decades, God has shown me how his plan for my life was so incredibly different than what I had envisioned. I was never going to get married, never going to have kids, never going to move away from my beloved MN, and all of the sudden I was 19, married, moved across the country to DC, where I’d never been and didn’t know a soul and a month later I found out I was pregnant! Whew! So I’m not where I thought I’d be at age 20, but I’m so grateful to be here and doing what I’m doing and to know that God does, indeed, have a plan for my life… however different it may be than the plan I had for myself!

  72. Anjanette

    I am almost 32. I love being in my 30s with kids. THe best part is that all my friends (around the same age) have children the same age. It shocks me when someone 32 says that they have a 12 year old! My oldest is 4! I did not want to turn 20 but since then I have had so many blessings that I would not trade for anything!!

    Age is a state of mind! Just when you think 40 is old, you find someone that you cannot believe that they are 40! As I get older, there is not such thing as OLD! Just more mature!!

  73. Kimberly

    This is the year that I turn 35…I hated the year that I turned 30. I always felt that by then, I would have my life all together and wrapped up with a pretty little bow! I had just had my last baby and was in the middle of colic and sleepless nights and overwhelming self-doubt that I could not mother all three of my children under the age of 5.

    Well, now I am seasoned expert at that! Ha! I feel more settled this year. I am more aware of how God is working in my life. I feel like I have finally established in my heart this commitment to mother, to allow myself the freedom to make mistakes and the courage to accept my calling. That’s what I like best about my age. That there is experience behind my faith.

    P.S. People still tell me that I look like I am in college and since Hubs works at a university, I can sometimes play along;)

  74. Emily Rose

    I’m 37 and I have an identical twin sister, and people say she looks older than me. I think it’s because she has a teenage daughter and adopted a two year old last year and I never had children! She has alot more stress in her life.
    I’ve been told that I look like I’m in my late 20’s early thirties but I don’t mind being 37 and don’t mind telling people my age, it’s a great age. Like Joanne I’ve decided to go back to college …still not sure that was a good idea…when I’m in class with those 18, 19 and 20 year olds I do feel ancient but really I’m in the best shape of my life, healthy and happy. You’re only as old as you feel! 🙂

  75. Rachel

    I’m 24! I always feel like the “little kid” because I don’t have many friends my age. I get along better with people who are like 27-35. I don’t know why. I must me mega-mature 😉 Growing up, people always thought I was younger than my sister (who was 4 years younger) and I was always offended. I remember when I started my first job at the local Christian radio station (first as an intern), the secretary thought I was in Jr. High doing a summer job shadow. Oh brother. She was shocked when I told her I was getting married that summer!

    What do I like best? I think I’m glad that my health is really good. I have a lot of energy, so I can get a lot done in a day. My metabolism is still pretty high and I can eat just about anything and still wear the same clothes I had in college (even after baby). Those days won’t last forever, so I’ll enjoy them now.

  76. Kim

    I’ll be 35 the end of March. I have a 13 year old daughter and get told we look like sisters all the time. It’s embarrassing for her, but I enjoy it. I enjoy being my age because it allows me that have friends a little older than me and a little younger than me. You can learn from the older friends and give advice to the younger friends.

  77. Sandy

    I am 41. I hated turning 40 but now I know it is just a number. I love being 41 and being a young grandmother. I am young enough to enjoy playing with my grandchildren.

  78. Justamom

    ***GIGGLE**** You said “gag me with a spoon” hahaha And even more hilarious that it was associated with Ponderosa!!!

    I’m 35 years old and I LOVE that I can say “I’m in my mid-30’s” and it’s the absolute truth! 😉

  79. Joanne @ The Simple Wife

    I’ll be 38 in about a month. Weird. Most of the time I tell people I’m 17.

    As to how old I look? I haven’t a clue. I will say that being a student again is interesting. I think of the other kids in my classes as “kids.”

    I like this age. I feel like I look better than I used to, I’m more confident than I used to be, I’m more my own person. And a good thing? When I turn 40 it’s time for another birthday bash. (For 30 I went to Paris for a week with four of my girlfriends. Time to start planning for something equally good!)

  80. Allison

    I’m 27 and thought I was 27 for six months before I turned 27…don’t know how that happened. I still feel like I just graduated from college (23ish) and people still ask me if I’m in school. Nope, graduated 4 1/2 years ago! Nope, don’t have a “real” job yet!

    I like being 27 cause I still feel like I can do a bunch of things with my life…I still have a lot of dreams that can be accomplished, Lord Willing!

  81. Tanya

    I’m 32, but I always forget that. I feel closer to 26 and I’m not sure why. Depending on who I am with, people typically guess my age between 17 and 30. I’m always carded and, whenever I’m out with my MIL and my kids, people ask me how I like being “a big sister.” I like it fine, but how did they know about my younger siblings who life 700 miles away?

    What do I like best about this age? Well, I’m still figuring that out. I’m just now easing into a comfortable roll as a leader and teacher of our women’s group. I still feel far too young to be in a “women’s” group, much less leading one, but I’m gaining confidence as the other women place their trust in me. I’m realizing that now is the time to live my life; I’m no longer waiting for my life to begin.

    Does any of that answer your question? 🙂

  82. Holly V.

    I’m 36. However, I get questioned often about my age ALOT due to my hair being gray. (It will not hold any type of color product because there is no pigment left in my real hair.)

    My favorite thing about being this young is…..loving the stage of life where we’re at. Loving that my kids are elementary aged — somewhat independent, but still in need of Mama….thinking and preparing for our future, but not ready for retirement.

    Can’t believe you are the same weight as when you got married. That is something to be very proud of after 3 babies!! You go girl!

  83. Kelly

    1. I’m 26. It’s funny you blog about this because we were just talking about it at work yesterday. A coworker said I looked like mid-high school, while another coworker thought I looked old enough to get into a liquor store. It’s not that I don’t mind looking young, but I wouldn’t mind looking my age. I’m only in my mid-20s once!

    2. I’m not sure what my favorite thing is…I’ve only been this young for 2 weeks. I think so far my favorite thing about the mid-twenties in general is that there’s a huuuuuuuge learning curve that goes with it. I’m learning how to be an adult still, and any mistakes I’ve made (am making)…I should be able to recover with no long term repercussions.

    Of course, I’m not TRYING to make mistakes…but you know, I’m learning…so it’s a bit of a given.

    🙂

  84. Tonia

    I’ll start. I just turned 50. It sounds old. It wasn’t that bad! 🙂 At Mongolian BBQ on Saturday our waitress thought I was turning 40. Maybe that made 50 a little easier?

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