Small Talk


October 24th, 2011

My kid is getting to the age when she's telling people how old I am. And she's not always accurate.

I was at Uncle Tootie's house, at the kitchen table with Olivia and Auntie Olive. I'd left momentarily and upon return, Auntie Olive said to me, "I didn't know you're 42."

Me, Dad, Uncle Tootie and Auntie Olive, Olivia, Mom

Me, Dad, Uncle Tootie and Auntie Olive, Olivia, Mom

"I am?" I asked quizzically. "Why do you think that?"

She answered, "That's what Olivia just told me."

"Why?" I asked. We had not been talking about anything remotely close to age.

"I don't know. She just blurted it out randomly when you walked away," replied Olive. "She said, 'Did you know my Mommy is 42?'"

I rolled my eyes. "I'm not 42 yet. I don't know how she arrived at that figure," I clarified.

This is a kid who can't reliably count past the number 20, and who thinks 52:13 is a good answer to What time is it?

I gave the correct age to Auntie Olive then turned to Olivia. "If you're going get my age wrong, at least make me younger, not older. Tell them I'm 30," I scolded.

"Twenty nine," laughed Olive.

The next day, I tested Olivia. "How old is Mommy?" I asked.

"Sixteen," she said.

"Oh, a little older," I hinted.

"Twenty four," she guessed.

"Oh, just a smidge older," I encouraged.

"Twenty five?" she asked.

"Great job! Let's go with that!" I applauded. So, I'm 25 if anyone's asking.

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8 Responses to “Age”

  1. hemajang:

    Wife and friend were in Walmart when my 4-year old granddaughter asked friend, "Are you Chinese?" We don't know why she asked that, maybe she overheard us or has become astute in recognizing racial differences. Friend is actually Chinese but from Maritius where French is spoken so maybe her accent seems foreign to my granddaughter...I don't know why she asked that but kids say the darndest things...I miss that show.

  2. snow:

    at least she didn't say "did you know my mommy is 42? OH MY GOD, SHE IS SOOOOOO OLD!" (even if you're not 42! lol. 😉 )

  3. Paco:

    This is a running joke at work. Some of the ladies here keep celebrating their 29th birthday every year. But for you, 42 isn't too far off the mark right?

  4. Rosette:

    I am always proud of my age 42 ..I tell everybody I am 42 ...I will be 43 soon...I figure I work hard to get to 42 in one piece...! Every year I age I am proud of my lady tried to tell me to lower my age..I TOLD HER WHY SHOULD I LOWER MY AGE... I WORK HARD TO GET TO THIS AGE..she laugh !

  5. Rosette:

    worth lying the age if you know the kids food..HEY he is 5 ...funny...I laugh so hard!

  6. Rosette:

    yes imagine I tell them I AM 65 so do I get seniors discount to buy a white wig...funny! !

  7. Rosette:

    23-year-old Ages 50 Years in Days...

    .did you read this...imagine at 23

  8. Titus:

    I got away with being 25 throughout my entire 30's. Now, that I'm in my 40's, I get away with being 30. It's great to be Asian!

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