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1. The moms at preschool pick-up look like they are young enough to audition for “American Idol.”

2. A reference to the show “Mork & Mindy” at a PTA meeting is met with blank stares.

3.  When I ask a fellow mom for a good Botox doctor, she gives me her mother’s Botox person.

4. I can not seem to explain to my children how I got in touch with anyone in college without cell phones or even email.

5. The length of time between when my last kid leaves for college and when I need to enter a senior assisted living home will probably be about 3 days.

6. I’m actually starting to see wrinkles on my feet.

7. I can vividly remember when Tom Cruise was dreamy and super hot and not a weirdo.

8. No one ever asks me if my 9-month-old is my first baby.

9. When I say things like, “Remember when we all had the Dorothy Hamill cut?” Another mom will say, “You mean the Jennifer Aniston cut?”

10. Unlike some fellow moms, I still remember when a pet rock was a perfectly acceptable pet to own instead of a goldfish, cat or dog. I’m hoping for a pet rock comeback. Affordable and no shedding.

11. I say to my kids, “What’chu you talkin’ about Willis?” (None of them are named Willis nor do they know what I am talking about.)

12. A little part of me is still in love with Ralph Macchio from The Karate Kid.

25 Responses to signs i might be an old mom

  • Julie says:

    Love it all. I have been wondering how we all got in touch in college too and everyday I say “What’chu talk in’ about Willis?” People look at me like I am nuts. Miss you so much, Mama. You are young to me.

  • hokgardner says:

    I bought a bottle of wine the other night and made a comment about how I didn’t get carded anymore. The clerk looked at my 13 year old and said she was my proof of age. Ooof.

  • MN Mama says:

    Love love love! Remember when we got off campus calls in our dorm rooms, the ring was different. We were always so excited for that call. Miss you!

  • daphne says:

    Can’t even imagine the trouble I would’ve gotten into in college if we had texting and photo proof of everything as we went along. It was bad enough sending smoke signals and banging rocks together.

  • Kerri says:

    I hear you! I worked with breast feeing moms for over 20 years ( I was breast feeding over that time ). I was introducing new technology to our group at one time, nest te end of the 20 years they were discussing with my older kids who were at the meeting as they were closer in he to my kids then to me! My son & grandson are only 3.5 years apart in age, the same age gap between him & his older twin sisters. His oldest sister is 13.5 years older. Now my grandson (6) is showing me how to play games on the iPad! But it is all good!!!

  • Lee says:

    On the flip side, I *think* I’m your age, maybe older (!!!) at least I know my husband is. Somehow, one of our twins (age 4) picked up the saying “what ‘chu talkin’ bout Willis” and LOVES to shout it at the top of his lungs. A few weeks ago my husband took him to lunch and was trying to explain something to him. Apparently he didn’t grasp the concept and he shouted out….
    The neighboring table nearly gagged on their sandwiches

  • Princess Judy says:

    At first I thought the title of this post was “signs i might be an old man” and was waiting for you to talk about chin whiskers. I can never decide if I’m turning into an old man or a cat.

  • jennifer says:

    i feel this… i remember so clearly being at school pick-up back in the day and i would look at the “older” moms like they were some strange breed. i am now part of that breed…. but i can’t help but feel a confidence that comes with it.
    hey, we are no longer obsessing about the little things that new moms do right? but when i think about it too much, i start to think of all the new things we need to obsess/worry about. egads! it never stops does it?!?

  • Julie says:

    Oh.my.goodness!! Yes! This!! All the time! I have kids who range in age 23 to 8 (all with the same husband I might add). Those young moms that cry on the first day of kindergarten and cheer for her lil person running from 2nd to 3rd in t-ball. Geezzzzzzz. And yes, I remember Tom Cruise as hot and not weird! HAHAHAHA! Just take those old records off the shelf….

  • julie Ordung says:

    I was once a “young” mom and remember feeling uncomfortable with that. Now, 20+ years later, I am an “old” mom to two littles ages 4 & 5 with just 13 months between. I thought I would feel cool as an older mom but I really just feel like I have one foot in the grave each day when my 5 year old calls me “Grandmother”. LOL/Laugh Out Loud This second time around has been quite different than the first time around mostly because their energy is not at my level what so ever. I think we should revel in our “oldness” and embrace it but mostly….laugh at all the things those young moms did not get to experience like us! 🙂

  • TalentdMom says:

    Had mine 41, which is practically unheard of in the area I live in. Whenever I am out with my now 3 year old daughter, people always refer to me as her grandmother. The real kicker is that any other time, people always think I am younger than my actual age, by as much as 10 years.
    While, technically, yes, I could be a grandmother- if I had started young and my kids started young- it just irks me to no end. The first time I was in shock and said nothing. The second and third time, I didn’t know what to say. Now I will shame anyone who says something stupid, like, “Oh, are you out grocery shopping with Grandma?” (Nope. Out shopping with Mom and Dad. Thanks so much for thinking I had no other aspirations in life than to reproduce when I was 20.) Or “Aren’t grandkids the best?” (Wouldn’t know as I don’t have any. I was too busy educating myself and traveling the world learning about other cultures to have kids young.) Or “Little ones always seem to know a grandma when they see one, don’t they?” (If they do, they are smarter than you.).
    My bad attitude may be a by-product of menopausal rage kicking in. 😉

  • Paige says:

    I am a grandmother (aged 60), but people consistently refer to me as my grandchild’s mommy – “Do what your mommy says,” “You’re so lucky to have a mommy and daddy who love you enough to buy you all these clothes,” “Are you watching out for your daddy so Mommy can get his present wrapped?” I figure the vibe between us is different than most grandmothers / granddaughters, since she came home to us when she left the hospital, lived with us for the first five years of her life and still spends about 75% of her time with us. So my experience as a grandmother is an experience as an older mommy, too – and it’s very different from my first-time Mommy years. I learn something new every day – and I know enough to be grateful for every minute of this gift! Blessings on all of you!

  • Elizabeth says:

    I had my fifth and youngest child at 40. When she was three people asked if she was my grandchild. That’s when I decided to color the gray! Didn’t want to embarrass my daughter, though I think my response embarrassed those who asked the question.

  • kim says:

    I am constantly refereed to as grandmother…. Okay, So I am, but my youngest son is a year older then my grand daughter… Yup I am 50 with a 30 year old, 28, 26, 25 and a 9 year old… keeps me “sane” hah ha haha

  • Donna says:

    Our older 2 kids are in their 30’s, and we have an 18 yo who is graduating from HS this year. I have always said having a baby after 40 is harder physically, but the compensation is that we’re smarter and craftier parents than we were in our 20’s.

  • Jackie says:

    I love this! I’m in an area where I feel like the only one on the planet so I loved reading this. My hubby and I are 48 with a two year old. I always tell him I’m coming up with a comedy act, “you know you’re an old parent if…” For instance, “if your knees creek and pop so bad, the baby wakes up”, or “you have to hold your baby out at arms length to see their sweet face just like the restaurant menu”. I’ve got more. You just have to laugh right!

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