we’re old

This week we hosted an intern at our house for a few days before his more permanent summer housing situation was ready. He lived in Cotonou as a kid when his parents were missionaries, so it was interesting to tour town with him and hear what has and hasn’t changed in a decade. Basically, not a whole lot has changed. In a restaurant his family used to frequent we even ran into a woman who recognized him from ten years ago. No joke.

What Andy found most interesting of all was speculating about what this college student likely thought of us.

“You know, to him, we’re probably old people.”

“No!” I protested. “We’re young, we’re hip.”

“Think about it,” he insisted. “When you were in college, if you stayed with a married couple in their 30s, a couple who lived in a real house, with real furniture, who ate real dinners at a real dining room table – a couple who had a kid and a dog no less – you would have thought they were old, wouldn’t you?”

Silence from me.

“Wouldn’t you?” Andy repeated.

I thought back to college, when nothing hanging on my walls was in a frame. When I awoke to an alarm clock and not a crying baby monitor. When I was just getting ready to go out for the night at about the same time I now tuck into bed. When the one kitchen appliance I had was a toaster over, in which I only made ready-to-bake chocolate chip cookies. When, on the rare occasion I went out for dinner, I couldn’t justify to order a soda and part with an extra $2.

“Oh my god, you’re right. We are old, aren’t we? When did this happen?”

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4 Responses to we’re old

  1. Sherrie says:

    As someone twice your age and still feeling young, I would call that being settled down in a wonderful lifestyle!

  2. Natasha says:

    I agree with Sherrie! Throughout my 20s, I’ve acquired “nicer” dishes, decorations, furniture, etc. than when I was in college — but not THAT much better. I was so excited to finally have full, matching dinner sets, flatware, China, etc. after getting married. We still go “out” sometimes, but now an ideal weekend night is having friends over for dinner (using our matching plates!).

  3. Hello from one geezer to another! 😉

    Loved this story, by the way…

  4. CL says:

    I stumbled on your blog because I wanted to learn more about the FS bidding process. I’m probably about the same age as that intern (20) and I can say that I don’t consider people in their 30s old. I would say that you’re adults now, probably because you eat real dinners and have a kid. What in the world did you eat in college, if the only thing you baked was chocolate-chip cookies and you didn’t eat out?

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