Hello Children

I know we look young! We are young! I’m 22 and he’s 23 but do we really look like children?

Well, apparently we do!

A few weeks ago we walked into the Wal-Mart garden center and the greeter (who was in her 70s) greeted us with a “hello children!” I was stunned, I mean I’m 7 months pregnant and definitely showing!! We managed to walk past her and make it into the store before laughing because it was pretty funny!

Well,  last Thursday it happened again! We walked into the funeral home and were greeted “hello children,” (this time by a man in his 60s!) Once again, we said hello, walked on by and had a little giggle!

I am beginning to develop a bit of a complex!! I’ve been told before that I look like I’m about 16 and my husband does too but there’s just something about us being together and me 7 months pregnant that makes me sensitive to people thinking we’re children!!

Well, I suppose when we’re in our 40s we’ll look like we’re in our 20s since we still look like children now!!

16 Replies to “Hello Children”

  1. ha ha. that’s funny. i got that alot too. when my husband and i were dating. I was about 21 and we went car shopping and the dealer asked my husband (boyfriend at the time) if he was getting a car for his daughter. lol, didn’t think i looked young enough to be his daughter. lol

  2. Hi Rachel –
    Just wanted to let you know I found your blog a few months ago and I am really enjoying reading it. Congrats on the upcoming arrival of your baby boy – being a mom is so wonderful and so much fun. This post made me laugh because my husband and I both look really young. We have been together since we were 16 and we got married in college when we were 21. Throughout our wedding planning we were constantly told we did not look old enough to get married. Now we are both 28 and we have 2 children (a 2 year old and a 2 month old) and both times we were in the hospital having our children, we were asked how old we were because they said we just didn’t look old enough to have kids. I guess your right that maybe when we are in our 40s we will appreciate looking young but sometimes now it bothers me to be questioned about my age.

    1. I’m sure we’ll get asked how old we are when we are at the hospital too since we look like kids ourselves…oh well!!

      I, too, am somewhat sensitive to it but I usually try to find humor in the situation!!

    2. I'm 44 but frequently get told that there is no way I can have six children and two grandchildren. Well, as long as I keep my grays covered up. Enjoy it! I believe getting plenty of sleep and eating a healthy diet play a big part, particularly sleep.

  3. enjoy it now Rachel. Before you know it they will be asking if you get the senior discount. It really is a compliment. you are both clean cut “Children”. I love you.

  4. Hi Rachel!

    I’ve been following your blog for about a year now and have been inspired by your frugal and simple lifestyle. You and John David are miles ahead of where my husband and I were at that age (I’m 35 now). In answer to your question, no you don’t look like children, but you look very young and very radiant. To that older generation you still are very much children and my bet is that they mean it in an endearing grandparently way. Chances are they started their families when they were younger than you. How quickly we forget!!! I work in a church and when we have some couples come in to get married they look like babies to me…far too young to make an important decision like that…and then I have to admit that I was that age too. I only pray that my girls (8 & 9)demonstrate wisdom like you have at your age. I’ve been delighted to share in your lives and pray that everything goes smoothly in these last couple months and that Paxton arrives safely. Congratulations!

    Blessings,
    Melanie

    1. I do realize that to the older people, we are the same age as their grandchildren and sometimes even great grandchildren so I try to remember that!!

      And the funny thing is, I don’t think young people getting married look any younger than us but when I hear of somebody getting married at 18 or 19 my first thought is they are crazy! (We do quickly forget!!)

  5. Oh, I know how that feels! I look younger than I really am too, and I often suprise people when they find out how long I’ve been married! I think it’s a bit rude, though, for someone to say that to you when you are so obviously pregnant. You may be youthful, but ‘children’? Please!

    1. I love the shocked looks on faces when I tell them too! Last fall, a lady at church asked me if I was enjoying being back in school. I smiled and said, I’m out of school and she just looked at me! Then I said, I’m actually out of college and have been married for 3 years! Oh, the shocked look I got!! She said, well you look like you’re 16 and I replied, yes, ma’am I know I look young!

      And I agree, the “children” is taking it a little far…maybe “young people” would be a better choice of words!! Ha!!

  6. That is too funny!! It is true you look young, but even if people think you look 16, why on earth would they still say, “Hello children?” How many people do you know that say that to 16 year olds. So incredibly odd that it’s happened twice!! 🙂

    1. That’s what makes it even funnier to us that it has happened twice…what are the odds of that, with the exact same (somewhat rude since we’re adults) greeting!!

  7. Oh I’ve been there. And, of course, in two years when you buy some wine and no one ids you and the cashier looks at you like you’re 100 instead of 24 you’ll look back on those moments fondly.

  8. I still get a mixed message on that page.

    People still gasp when I tell them I have four children (I personaly think four is a small family, but whatever;)

    Gasp #2 comes when I tell them they range from ages from 29-23.

    Near faint comes when I mention my three grandsons.

    (Is it just me or does the world seem a little strange at times? And the personal questions total strangers are willing to ask in a grocery line is enough to make me blush)

    Then I have those that call me maam, and I was once asked if I wanted the senior discount.

    All I know is I earned my stripes that day;)

  9. I used to get that a lot, but with three little ones in tow! It cracked me up. People still don’t believe me when I tell them how old I am. Enjoy the giggles!

    1. Well, I hope I’ll age gracefully, I suppose this is a good problem to have! It will be interesting to see if we get any comments once Paxton arrives!!

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