be careful what you wish for

A few weeks ago I started to seriously think about getting a major haircut.  

I've been trying to grow it out, but the longer my hair is, the younger people think I am.  Everyone tells me that someday that will be a good thing, but it's not such a good thing when you're twenty four.  Just last week someone at work called me an intern.  Again.  Then I was carded when I went to happy hour AND when I bought spray paint at the craft store.  Finally, at my sister's high school play on Friday night, a fellow audience member asked me what grade I was in.

POINT. TAKEN.

So tonight after work, Michelle and I had a few hours of pampering.  First we went to Universal Nails for manicures and then walked next door to the Hair Cuttery.  

Clearly we are fancy ladies of sophistication and tight budgets.

I sat down in the chair and told the stylist what I wanted, and as she cut and talked I thought about how excited I was to finally look mature and grown up.

Our conversation drifted to the topic of high school, and she asked me what school I had gone to.  I told her, and she said one of her best friends went there, and asked if I remembered a classmate named Amanda Duffy. 

Duffy was a common last name at my Catholic high school, so I asked her what year her friend graduated.
 
1992.

NINETEEN.  NINETY.  TWO.

I WAS FIVE YEARS OLD IN 1992.

Apparently my new haircut makes me look like I could be THIRTY EIGHT YEARS OLD.

I CANNOT WIN.


Comments

April Rowell said…
Ha! Great story! :) made me laugh.
April Rowell said…
Ha! Great story! :) made me laugh.
We need pictures! (-:

People think i'm in high school all the time. It gets old. sigh.

~Kathryn
Green Girl said…
Haha! Awesome! Did Laurie cut your hair? I've been going to her forever...can't seem to find a better hair stylist!
Victoria said…
lol! Love this! I get sooo excited when people ask if I'm still in highschool. Basically that NEVER happens. Usually they think I am Mom to my 14 and 12 yr old brother and sister...This has even happened when I brought them to a water park with a bunch of my 20 something friends....In a swimsuit! :(

Pics of your new do? I hope so! BTW, I think you look young (early 20's) and definitely not 38! :)
Kirsten said…
Hahahaha
Oh my goodness. You poor thing!
I am so relating! I have gotten 16-18 for the past year (and I am now 21). I was substituting one day and two 9th grade girls came in and said (to each other) I looked as young as them.

Oy. But, now you are going the other direction! Well, maybe she just got excited to find a connection : )

-Kirsten
mylifetintedpink.blogspot.com
Rebecca said…
I can relate to looking younger than you are, i'm 31 but people tend to think I'm a lot younger, I was id'd not that long ago going in to a bar, you can drink at 18 in England!!! It is frustrating but I just try and accept it now and if I look 30 when I'm 40, great.
Even without seeing it I'm fairly sure your new haircut does not make you look 38.
Mills said…
omg this is a great post! Carded for spray paint? I didn't even know that was a thing.
Jade Seelye said…
Haha! I have this same issue, except with color. People take me 100% more seriously when my hair is dark. It is currently pretty close to its natural light brown color and I can tell the difference!
Love and Such said…
HAHA oh GEEZEE....
I bet it's cute post pics!!
Brooke Houston said…
haha that's funny. I get that SO much! I think 16 was the worst. Post a pic of your new hair cut!
Carlie said…
Ha ha. :) At least it makes for a great blog post. Hope you like your new hair cut!
Sarah said…
The other day someone asked me how old I was and I waited for her to say "Oh! I thought you were 14/16!!" because that's what everyone says. She said, "Oh! I would have guessed 20 or 29." What does that even mean? 20 OR 29??
Steph said…
lol too funny, but I feel your pain! When I went to vote an older man tapped me on the shoulder and said seriously, "you have to be 18 to vote, just thought you should know that." Yeah thanks, I turned 18 ten years ago! Very annoying.
I struggle with people thinking I am younger than I am all the time. I figure I'll appreciate in another 10 or 15 years. :-)
Baby Sister said…
Hahahaha. That cracks me up!! Hopefully when it grows out a little you can find a happy middle ground. :)
C said…
AHAHAHA I just went to a Hair Cuttery to chop off my hair for the SAME reason! I like mine though... I'm sure yours looks great too!
Amy said…
oh noooooooo
but i've got to admit, that was hilarious.
:)
I'm sure you look smokin' hot!
Kristin said…
ahhhh and no picture??
The Cavallaro's said…
Haha I totally love this entry! I too have been debating on cutting my locks or not (to look older as well!) But, that is hilarious that you look a LOT older now... apparently to your stylist at least! ;)
Courtney said…
If it makes you feel any better, everyone is carded when buying spray paint because of the dumb things people do with if ;)
how funny. there is definitely no way you could look like you were 38. I always get asked if I am in high school but then mistaken for this lady who lives in my neighborhood who has like 4 kids... it's so weird! But yes, I think one day looking young will pay off!
Jay said…
At least now you won't get carded when you buy spray paint. I got carded once when I was trying to buy lighters for candles and hadn't brought my wallet with me because I didn't know they card people to buy lighters. The lady did not believe I am 18, and I'm almost 21. I have the opposite problem though. Short hair makes me look way younger than I am, so I'm growing mine out.
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Shelley said…
Hahahaha!! That is funny!! Everyone always used to say how young I looked but I just realized it has been a while. Maybe I finally look my age? Lol.
I am the opposite - with short hair I look like I'm fourteen and long hair I think I look my age (also 24). Some people are just really awful at guessing age.
Robin said…
I agree! I'm also twenty-four, and it's annoying when people think I'm a teenager. Or they hear that I'm married and looked shocked. People tend to "talk down" to me in a squeaky pre-school teacher voice.
If you're referring to the hair you have on the sidebar of your blog, I think it looks great. :)
Sarah said…
haha, I hear ya on the age thing. I was getting carded for rated R movies up until I was 25, so you only have 1 more year to go. =) They keep telling me I'm going to appreciate looking younger when I'm older, but so far, still not liking it. When I was pregnant I literally looked like I was 16 and pregnant and got those "poor girl, got herself into trouble" looks...One day we WILL like looking younger...at least I hope so!
Mrs. Pancakes said…
Awww they look so cuddly!