With my birthday lurking right around the corner I'm thinking a lot lately about age. It seems so funny to me that I'm turning 24. I seriously don't consider myself mentally over the age 19. That's how old I was when G.I. Joe and I started dating and got hitched. I think I've been frozen in time since then. Our life together has not been that of a "typical" married couple. Most days I still feel like I'm a kid living in an adult world.
G.I. Joe likes to tease me 1 week out of the year about being old. He was born the same year as me, but just 7 days later. Lets just say....he reminds of that a lot. But mentally he's the old one. One night he gasped in horror that I didn't know who Amos and Andy were. Seriously, who are they? Right away G.I. Joe went to my Dad and said "You must know who Amos and Andy are, right?" Of course my Dad knew.
A lot of our "maturity difference" comes from our families. G.I. Joe's grandparents are the same age as my Great-Grandmother. This gave him the opportunity to grow up hearing his Grandpa tell WWII stories and listen to his Dad talk about riding his bike to the general store and wearing penny loafers. On the other hand, I grew up in a more modern environment hearing my mom talk about her family trying to figure out how a microwave worked.
I really love to mess with G.I. Joe when it comes to this stuff. Sometimes I play things up just to shock him.
One day in early December he asked me, "Babe, do you know what today is?"
Me: "Sure, its Thursday. Like 2 weeks till Christmas."
G.I. Joe: "Yeah but what is the date?"
Me: "Is it, like, a big deal or something? Its not our anniversary or anything."
G.I. Joe: "No, but it is the anniversary of Pearl Harbor. You didn't know that?"
Me: "Oh, I totally didn't know that! Wow, we should celebrate because that movie was really great! Can we swing by Blockbuster?"
After that I endured quite a lecture on the importance of knowing American history but the look on his face was worth it!
What is age, really? Is it how you look? How you feel? How much you know? Where you've been? Or how sophisticated you act? Or is it the actual number? At one point in our lives its all about that number. You can't wait to be 13 to get that teen title. Then we can't wait to be 16 and driving, or 18 and out of the house. Past those milestones what makes your birthday special?
For me, its just being grateful for another year on earth to love my family. And as a mommy, my birthday is more about Lucy. I was born so that she could one day have life. That's way more awesome than a silly drivers license!