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What is a grown up?

I have a question, Dear Reader.  

This question came to me just now, while I was eating Emeril's Favorite Potato Salad over my kitchen sink.  Right out of the container, with no desire to reach up and grab a plate.

When do you become a grown up?
I'm pretty sure I've already crossed over into “grown up” territory.  The facts:
  • I'm 29.  That's pretty darned close to being old.
  • I'm married, and I have a kid.  When Grace thinks of “Mom,” my image comes to her mind.
  • I pay taxes.  I calculate my own taxes, in fact, and my husband's.
  • I own a home and a car, and I paid for both of them.  I have two mortgages on my house, but I'm paying on them in a timely and reliable fashion.
  • I have credit scores.
  • I am old enough to vote and drink and buy lottery tickets.
  • I have an advanced degree and a career.
  • I invite my parents and my in-laws over on the weekend for dinner.
  • I made my own jam and canned it this week.  For real. Grown ups can their own food. This very event is what prompted me to ponder grown up-ness.
So apparently, I am a grown up.  But see, I don't feel like a grown up.  Listen, I was eating leftover potato salad out of the Gladware at 11:30 at night.  That says something, doesn't it?
I guess a better question is, when do you feel like a grown up?  
Rescue me here.

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6 thoughts on “What is a grown up?”

  1. I can’t help you here, mainly because I’m in the same place you are:
    I’m 25, married, have a bachelor’s degree, and have a job where I routinely give advice to people who are older than I am. I live 2000 miles away from my parents and siblings. I have a 403b- I’m saving for retirement for goodness sake!
    And yet, I’m regularly mistaken for a 16 year old. And I eat Ramen, which is definitely college food!

  2. I can’t help you here, mainly because I’m in the same place you are:I’m 25, married, have a bachelor’s degree, and have a job where I routinely give advice to people who are older than I am. I live 2000 miles away from my parents and siblings. I have a 403b- I’m saving for retirement for goodness sake!And yet, I’m regularly mistaken for a 16 year old. And I eat Ramen, which is definitely college food!

  3. I’ve never felt more like a grown up than when we bought our house and started to care about the rainfall totals for the sake of keeping our lawn alive, instead of whether or not some outdoor plans would be soggy!

  4. I’ve never felt more like a grown up than when we bought our house and started to care about the rainfall totals for the sake of keeping our lawn alive, instead of whether or not some outdoor plans would be soggy!

  5. I think you were being smart in not wanting to dirty another plate that YOU would have to clean. Because grown ups have to wash dishes too, ya know!

  6. I think you were being smart in not wanting to dirty another plate that YOU would have to clean. Because grown ups have to wash dishes too, ya know!

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