not that old, around 40

8 Oct

Here in Greece we have a saying: από μικρό κι απο τρελλό μαθαίνεις την αλήθεια, which means something like: young people and crazy people always tell you the truth. And it is usually the truth that you are not yet ready to hear.

I was driving Emmanouela (my oldest niece) back home from her afternoon gym class and we were talking about her teacher. When I asked her how old she thought she was she replied: ‘not THAT old, around 40’. It hit me. I might not be there yet, but I am certainly getting there (way too fast, if you are asking me). And I laughed. I laughed hard and she gave me that puzzled look. What the hell happened to her? she was probably thinking. What DID happen? Reality happened!

I remember when I was her age, I always thought that people in their mid 30s were old. Yes, that is how I saw it. 20 something was really cool but 30? way too old. Anything over 50 was grandparents material. Definitely. No doubt about it. Now, just a few years later (yeah right) I am there. In my own mid 30s. And I felt old for a minute (with all due respect to anyone older than 40). It didn’t last long. It was just a minute to realize how fast time IS passing by. This is one of the perks when having nieces/nephews/children of your own. You get the chance to re-live some of your own childhood, not as a protagonist this time but merely as a bystander.

xxx

T

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4 Responses to “not that old, around 40”

  1. Spiritum Scriptor October 9, 2012 at 11:40 am #

    Brought a smile … Nice post.

    • wonderlandbytatu October 9, 2012 at 12:04 pm #

      thank u!

  2. ramblingsfromamum October 18, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

    Hello thank you for visiting and following also 🙂 I shall now follow and read with interest your blogs. Such a delight to meet so many people with so many different experiences and different ways of seeing the world..and of course writing styles. Yes..I’m addicted! 🙂

    • wonderlandbytatu October 18, 2012 at 10:50 pm #

      You are welcome! I started this blog with totally different intentions (more cooking and crafting) but I realized I enjoy writing about everyday stuff much more. I was inspired by a very honest blog I read a while ago and how at ease it made me feel and I decided to pour my heart (and soul) out here. I am super excited to find people I can relate to from all over the world!!

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