Week #8: Growing pains

“I’m carded for R-rated movies. & I get talked down to a lot. When I try to go rent a car or buy an airplane ticket or other stuff adults do, I get ‘Okaaaaaay, honey.’ I remember when I was 18, getting crayons in a restaurant.” – Kristen Bell

A friend was getting her wisdom teeth removed & asked me to be her chauffeur. When it was time to go back, the nurse turned to me & said, “Would you like to come back with your daughter?” My friend, who’s older than I am by the way, & I still laugh about that. I should probably be used it by now since I was always big for my age & looked older than I was.

Even though I can’t remember ever being carded for movies & I had to request the kids’ menu after age 10, I still think of myself as young. A lot of things flash through my brain with the caveat, I can’t do that, that’s for grownups. You know, stuff like eating at Perkins or having traveler’s checks. My brain’s rather stubborn about re-categorizing things & doing these things is often accompanied by a Bill & Ted-like sense of discombobulation.

Which is why all of you may want to stay off the roads tomorrow, as I’d imagine that driving discombobulated could be a bit dangerous. I’m doing one of the grown-up things on my list & renting a car. I’ve never rented a vehicle before (unfortunately, they card everybody at those places & being younger causes beaucoup más bucks) & since I’m headed home this weekend, I thought, Why not?. One small step for me, one giant step for grownup kind.

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