At our Local Levo event on Monday, one of the articles that we read and discussed was the first time we felt like grown ups. I’m not sure if I’ve ever felt like a grown up. I’ve feel like Roger Murtaugh a hell of a lot, but not like a “grown up.”
But I’ve also felt like I’ve had a lot of moments were I was forced to be an adult before I ever was one. My parents always talked to me like I was an adult. None of this “Angelica, when I count to three, you better be sitting on your bum at this table” stuff. #ThatDidntHappenAtMyHouse
Compound that with my parents splitting at an early age, and I had to do a lot of growing up really quickly.
I think the first time I really felt like a grown up is when my mom moved to Virginia. I don’t care how old I get, I will always need my mom. To have her move seven hours away was a big adjustment.
It happened really quickly, too. In April she told me she and my step-dad were moving and on June 21st, they were out. #CouldntGetAwayFastEnough
So she moved pretty quickly and I had to adjust faster. She trusted me to handle myself and level with me as a mature adult and not like her child.
Another grown up moment coming quickly after that one was when I had to take care of someone else. Not a dog, or hamster, but a person (and a parent at that).
That’s definitely an eye-opening experience. I had to make sure bills were paid, surgical gauze was stocked, the house didn’t look like hobos were squatting in it.. #ResponsibilityIsFun
You go from protected to protector and if you aren’t careful, you could get whiplash it changes so quickly.
Of course there are the standards of getting up and going to work when it’s snowing really hard/you’re sick/the day is too beautiful to be inside, keeping food in the fridge that requires that you have some cooking knowledge, and purchasing real furniture. #MyPapasanChairIsTotallyRealFurniture #NoReally
There’s also the time I went to Target on a Saturday night and walked out with clearance lounge pants and Joint Juice. My fingers get really stiff when it’s very cold and the chondroitin helps with the pain. #OkayIReallyAmTooOldForThis