As I’d rather suspected might be the case, everyone at school thinks I look super young (thank heavens I work in an elementary school and not a high school).

The custodians at both schools love to tease me about being nineteen. One mom told me her daughter came home the first month of school and said, “The new librarian must be REALLY smart to have finished college while she’s still in high school.”

On the other hand, I started to wonder if all my commuting into the sun both ways was starting to take a toll on me (hello, squinting), when a second grader asked how old I was last week. I asked her what her guess was and she stared at me a while and then said, “Forty?”

Hmm, time to break out the anti-aging cream, I think.

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  • Reply Marie February 11, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    While I highly doubt you need it, it's never to young to start, I say. 🙂 Sadly, I broke mine out years ago. Who knows if they really work though, it's probably just mental.

  • Reply Stephanie February 11, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    i get the same thing, except i am in a high school, so i am also constantly asked for my hall pass, asked what i am doing in the faculty room, etc.

    blessing and a curse, but i'm sure you don't need wrinkle cream. 😉

  • Reply Heather February 11, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Lucky you don't work in a high school is right! How tall are you?

  • Reply Katie February 11, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    Hahaha, those were always my favorite comments from the kids. They cracked me up…I got a lot guesses that I was 14…so you getting that you are in high school is a step up!

    And we have no parameters other than to stay within our budget. Which would allow us to go stateside or out of country! Do you have another suggestion for out of country!?

  • Reply Saskia Tielens February 12, 2010 at 12:27 am

    I was going to say the same thing, with your youthful look you're going to be mistaken for a pregnant teen. That's gonna be fun.

  • Reply craftyashley February 12, 2010 at 12:32 am

    I've been using anti-wrinkle cream since high school. I REALLY wanted to be proactive. And I'm nuts. But I don't have any wrinkles! I would be really upset though if I started getting them at the ripe ol age of 26…

  • Reply Rachel February 12, 2010 at 1:54 am

    not anti wrinkle, you still have time! however, I highly recommend using a lotion with spf 25 + daily 🙂

  • Reply megan February 12, 2010 at 2:29 am

    Well, first and second graders are not accountable. I happen to know first hand that they don't even really look very closely at faces. Period. Instead of "that boy with the freckles" or something, it's "that boy with the gray shirt and brown hair." I'm telling you, they don't notice faces, so I don't know if your hair or your clothes look 40 (pretty much all the same fashion bracket as 20 anyway), but I DOUBT it!

  • Reply lacie tidwell February 12, 2010 at 3:27 am

    haha- isnt' it funny how you go from getting carded at the bolwing alley (stayin out past 11?) to some guy at a kiosk trying to sell you $900 worth of foregin anti aging stuff. yup that happened- they guy told me I needed it cus I wasn't in my twenties anymore- I was 23 at the time. Nice. And one fo my students said I looked 54- I was 22- awesome. So age is arbitrary! you look like a vibrant 20 smeothing year old!:)

  • Reply teach5 February 12, 2010 at 3:54 am

    Naw, they just have no clue about age beyond two or three years older than themselves. I'm 60, teach kindergarten and am older than a lot of their grandparents. I don't feel it, but it's a fact. When they ask, I just tell them I'm older than dirt….
    Kindergartners have a hard time with yesterday, today, and tomorrow, let alone, next week. It's been Valentines day for DAYS now.

  • Reply Jess February 12, 2010 at 4:04 am

    I wonder if you'll get some rude comments about being a teen mom once your pregnancy starts to show. I was a nanny for an 8-month-old when I was 21 and I couldn't believe how many people assumed I was his mother and made pointed comments to my face about it. First of all, I wasn't that young (what's wrong with having a baby at 20?), but more importantly, BUG OFF!

  • Reply sam February 13, 2010 at 1:05 am

    bahaha that's amazing. You and me, both, girl. I sometimes think I will forever be mistaken for a 12 year old.

  • Reply Ari February 13, 2010 at 2:49 am

    This is why I teach kindergarten… cuz I look like I could be in high school. Makes it really hard for the high school students to take my seriously when I see them in the hallway!

  • Reply Kelly February 14, 2010 at 6:00 am

    LOL…fwiw, you DO look young in your photos, but that's a good problem to have.

    I recently realized I need to bite the bullet and invest in a good wrinkle cream. Le sigh.

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