When I first started getting babysitters for my children, I felt old. Even though I was in my late late 20's, when that 12 year old came over to babysit for Amanda, I felt like I could identify more with being the awkward babysitter than an actual mom who was responsible for a child all the time. I figured out pretty quickly, though, that I'm Not Cool enough to really relate with them.
Now that I have a teenager, I'm a little cooler. Well, not really, but I do know more about what is cool or funny (like the Jared Padalecki song, but then again that could just be my daughter and her
But now -- not only am I hiring babysitters instead of being a babysitter -- I have a daughter who is the babysitter. Up to this point, most of the people for whom she babysat were about my age, give or take a few years, but this weekend she got a new gig for a couple who had never hired a babysitter. When I dropped Amanda off, I met the mom of the one-year-old baby Amanda was going to be watching.
Seeing the fresh-faced young mom, I felt my wrinkles deepen and my experience rise to the top.
Yep, I'm old and getting older. But I don't just feel older, I do feel wiser. I have earned every wrinkle, and that which has not killed me (yet!) has made me stronger.