The Chatterbox

The Chatterbox

News and views from the staff of FamilyEducation.



mouse's picture mouse

There was a point when Scooter would guess our age and move higher if he was wrong (like 55 to 75), so by that token, 40 is quite young.

For me, "old" generally stays a bit ahead of my mother's age, though it was something of a shift for me when my last grandparent passed away and my parents' generation became the family elders.

Hetha's picture Hetha

Oh I'm feeling it already and I don't turn 40 until September! Many of my friends have already had this milestone birthday and it has been interesting watching them "go through" it, and it's a process apparently! I'm talking gym memberships, hair makeovers, new diets, new wardrobes...anything to make them feel better about it. I don't know, that's too much effort for this lazy mom, but I can totally understand the desire to go into it with gusto.

And there is nothing but NOTHING to make you feel older than spending a lot of time on a college campus!

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Oh yes, indeed, Hetha! One of my students had her birthday today and she turned 19! 19--remember that?

I know what you mean, Mouse. It's sobering to think about one's parents growing older, and becoming that generation to your own kids.

Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

It's just been a parade of ego boosts for you this week, hasn't it?! :-)
For some reason, I am intimidated by 40. I guess I have a few years to get comfortable with it...but it does sound different! Lately I've just been noticing how OLD my just-out-of-college colleagues make me feel. I wonder about how I seemed at 23, and wondered how it will feel to keep getting older and older and the just-out-of-college colleagues will always be that same age. I'm going to have to ponder that a bit more before I know exactly how it makes me feel.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I know what you mean! I teach mostly Freshmen and sophomores and the steady stream of them into my classes every semester makes me feel so old! They do seem to stay the same age, while I get older every year...