Monday, 13 July 2009

I'm not going grey YET

Monday, 13 July 2009

Just read a post on the Mamapop blog talking about Jim Carrey's impending 'Grandfather status'.

Strange though it may seem, of course it is completely possible and actually not even half as odd as it first appears - Jim Carrey is 47 - his daughter (by the way - congratulations to you, sweetie) is 21, making Jim 26 when he had her - not too young. Definitely a man. Probably not really a grown up (I'm basing that assumption on the fact that most of the 26 year old men I have known have been generally about as emotionally mature as my 10 year old son is now! I'm not expecting much more progress from him, truth be told...)

Anyway, I digress... My point is it that it set me to thinking...

I had E when I was 23. Ad was 28. She is now 11 - I am 34. He is 39. If she decides to do what I did and have a baby at 23 too, I will be only 46 when I become a grandmother, and Ad will be 49.


At 23, 34 seemed a long way away - now that I am 34, 46 seems just around the corner. I know its obvious, time goes more quickly as you grow older. But am I alone in the way I grow sillier and sillier, the older I get? Surely not...

postscript I have told E that she is absolutely not to do what I did and have a child at 23 - not that I regret my decision - au contraire - it is the best thing I ever did. Of course I have my beautiful gorgeous daughter to show for my good sense! I am young enough to have not forgotten (completely) what it feels like to be in the throes of adolescence, and thus we enjoy quite a close mother-daughter relationship. I am in the enviable position of being able to have a good clear run at a career for myself, now that she is a bit older and doesn't need me to be at home with her as much as I was when she was small - no child rearing break looming ahead for me. I still have (nearly) enough energy to devote both my home and work life, as I wish - and sometimes I even have a bit of a social life too! But no - E is not to have children at such a young age, as I have clearly informed her that I WILL NOT be old enough to be a grandmother at 46! That is final.

Of course, E is still only 11 so when I announced this to her she looked at me blankly for a minute, sighed and told me "Duhh Mum.... I'm never having kids anyway. That's gross! Like pooing a basketball... yuk!"

Silly me.


The Laughing Idiot said...

Very funny!

I'm 35, but my oldest daughter is only 5. Hubby says she can't even date until she's 28. That puts me at 58 so I think I'm good for awhile.

Beth said...

That's exactly the same thought that's been running through my head.

I had G at 19, and if he has a child at 19, then I will be a grandmother at 38! :o Chastity Belt until the age of 21, AT THE YOUNGEST.


Bo-Beena said...

When you find out where to buy a chastity belt, please let me know! :)

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