I think I have actually turned into a real adult. It’s true.
On Saturday night, my husband’s friend invited us to go hear him play in his newly formed punk band. We always try to support our friends, so we decided to go. Plus, we were curious as to what a 40+ punk band would sound like. As the day went on, I began to feel a sense of dread. The band was going on at 9:30 and I realized that 9:30 is normally about a half hour before I go to bed. How the heck was I going to go out to a bar at that time? Then, I wanted to slap myself. What was I? Old? How could that thought even enter my head???
As the time grew nearer, I tried to talk myself into how great it would be to go out and hear a band, maybe do a little dancing and have a few drinks. Yeah! Just like old times! I then went into our room to get dressed and there, at the foot of the bed, were my very comfortable, soft, and warm pajamas. It was almost as if they were calling to pick them up and put them on and forgo the bar and head straight for the bed. I fought the urge to put them on and quickly threw them into the drawer so they were out of my site. They would not win!!
After that little temptation, I went to apply my make up in the bathroom. As I looked in the mirror (trying to ignore the ever increasingly deep lines forming between my eyebrows), I felt a yawn coming on. And then, with one eye adorned with my Ivy Green eyeliner, I yawned. And my eyes got teary, as they do when you yawn. I quickly blinked as fast as I could to prevent the eyeliner from running. What was going on? A few years ago, 9:30 would have been EARLY to go out and here I am wanting to put my pajamas on and yawning while I am putting my make up on! This is a disgrace!
And then I realized that I just might be a real adult. Yes, I’m 40, but never really considered myself to be an actual grown up. It’s true. After all, I still dance around the house, sing off-key (the only way I know how) and do silly things with or without kids around. Suddenly, my mind began racing at things I have heard myself say over the past few hours/weeks/months which have me learning towards this “real adult” theory brewing. They are as follows:
1. ” The band goes on at 9:30? That’s almost my bedtime!”
2. “No, I am wearing a sweater to the bar. It’s cold out!”
3. “How can that kid only be wearing a sweatshirt when it’s this cold out!”
4. “The music today stinks.”
5. “When I was a kid…(add whatever you used to hear your parents say here)”
6. “How will that eyebrow piercing look when she’s 55?”
7. “What time is The Late Show on? That’s way too late for me.”
8. “Wow, I remember that song like it was yesterday.” – (listening to a song from my high school years on the “classic rock” station)
9. “Tell that kid to turn his music down!”
10. “No, I can’t eat that. It will give me indigestion.”
It’s pretty scary, I will admit, but I am not totally convinced that I am a real adult. I am still holding onto the fact that I did go out, I did have a drink, I sort of danced (it’s kind of tough to dance to punk unless you are moshing) and we stayed out all night. Til the next day in fact. Well, technically it was the next day. Okay, who am I kidding? We were home and in bed by 12:30, but when you think about it, we were out all night.
Therefore, I must conclude that I am not totally a real adult. But I’m getting there. Slowly but surely…MAKE IT STOP!!