Thursday, November 20, 2008


At some point last summer, Reese and I were outside visiting with some of our socially-comfortable and very energetic neighbors, Jenni and Scotty. We are close in age, and were comparing years of birth. Reese and I both said to Scotty something like, "Yeah, we're both 63," meaning that we were both born in 1963. In context, it made sense. Jenni was distracted by other goings on that day and only mostly overheard this part of the conversation.

A few days later, Jenni's brother Minh came up and marveled at how good Reese and I looked. OK.....thanks? He went on and on about how nicely we've was flattering, if not a little unusual. Minh wasn't the only one -- random people started coming out of the woodwork, incredulous that we have aged so well.

It did cause me to wonder what was happening. (?) Then again, it's not unusual for people, when they discover our age, to tell us that we are just "babies." The norm is for people with kids our daughter's ages to be 10 or more years older than us. Or the complete opposite; people our age have kids who are 10 or more years younger than our daughters. At both ends of this spectrum, people call us "babies."

Turns out that what Jenni heard that day was that we were 63 years old....not that we were born in 1963. Factual or not, the grapevine message spread like wildfire. According to the latest TMZ report, Reese and I are 63! Hmmm, not a bad idea, though -- to tell people that I'm 63. While I might look a tad aged for a (as of today) 45 year old, I look hot for a 63 year old!

Happy my birthday to you!


Joan Breckwoldt said...

Happy Birthday! I'm glad to know when your birthday is and I enjoyed your post today. Made me laugh!

Lis said...

Why, yes you do!!!!!!! :) This is a fun story! :)

Sarah Hazel said...

:- )

Betsy Bryan said...

Great story! Once I went to the grocery store to buy last minute things for a baby shower at my house, including a balloon for the mailbox. A lady in the parking lot asked me if I was a new grandmother. I was devastated.

Sarah Hazel said...

Awww, Betsy! Your's is such a sad story!

Betsy Bryan said...

I actually got over it pretty quickly. Donald was good, and said all the right things when I got home. I just figured that maybe that lady was blind.