Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Back when dinosaurs roamed the earth ...

I love the team I work with.

We are a group of nine women from varying backgrounds with varying responsibilities.

The one thing that doesn't vary is our ages.

Except mine.

They're young. I'm old. At least relatively speaking. Most, if not all, of them are about the age of my oldest children, if not younger.

Yes, I could be their mothers.

We do find this amusing on occasion. I am referred to as the elder stateswoman and treated with the all deference that implies.


In reality, I'm more like one of the "girls" when we joke about life, liberty and the pursuit of craziness.

And so it was that one of my colleagues was walking with me toward the elevator, talking about -- of all things -- the fact that I was wearing eye makeup, which reminded her of something.

"Did you watch 'Sesame Street?' " she asked me.

And. I. fell. on. the. floor.

"Yes, love, I DID watch 'Sesame Street' -- WITH MY CHILDREN!"

She looked at me, uncomprehending ... and then realized what she had said.

And I positively HOWLED with laughter.

"When I was the age to watch something like 'Sesame Street,' the best thing on was 'The Mickey Mouse Club' -- in black and white!"

She gulped. "I don't think of you as that old," she said.

Obviously ...

I'm still laughing.


Debbie said...

That is hysterical! But I feel young inside - don't you? I'm always amazed at how old I really am.

Karen said...

It's so much better to be thought of as "one of the girls" than "the granny who sailed the ark."

red pen mama said...

What Karen said.

You're as young as you feel, I think. Some days I feel 25 -- some days, twice that!


Roger said...

Wait! You're old? What the heck? :)

At least you didn't have to sit through Dora or the Wiggles. I'm sure that you have a special place in your heart for a certain purple dinosaur though.

For the record, I'm with RPM in the belief that you are as old as you feel, and age is just a number. Granted it keeps getting bigger, but I've always heard that bigger is better anyway. ;)

Siobhan said...

People never believe me when I mention my age either. I'm hoping it stays that way for a very long time.

Nap Warden said...

You're not old...neither am I;)

Janet said...

Boy! I sure do remember the time I realized I stopped being the youngest girl in the office...

What's strange now is that I'm the youngest (for the most part) mom in the office. People my age all seem to have little kids whereas I'm 43 with a 21-year old.

One thing I'm proud to be and that's the longest married in my group. I've been married, (24 years) longer than some people I work with who are in their 60's!

It's just life... And, what I lack in youth I so make up for in common sense and sense of humor! :P

Love to you!

songbird's crazy world said...

When I realized that some of my coworkers ar eyoung enough to be my child....that's when I felt like a dinosaur. but the truth is, age is just a number, pick one you like.

Pamela said...

I remember some young things saying some pretty ridiculous things to me, too.

I'm going to bed now and get my young beauty sleep.

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