I have a question, Dear Reader. Â
This question came to me just now, while I was eating Emeril’s Favorite Potato Salad over my kitchen sink. Â 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. Â The facts:
- I’m 29. Â That’s pretty darned close to being old.
- I’m married, and I have a kid. Â When Grace thinks of “Mom,” my image comes to her mind.
- I pay taxes. Â 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. Â 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. Â 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. Â But see, I don’t feel like a grown up. Â Listen, I was eating leftover potato salad out of the Gladware at 11:30 at night. Â That says something, doesn’t it?
I guess a better question is, when do you feel like a grown up? Â
Rescue me here.
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