Tuesday, September 14, 2010
WHEN DID YOU (ASSUMING YOU DID) GROW UP?
Listening to the FRESH AIR interview with Jonathan Frantzen, he said he only began thinking of himself as a grown-up in the last few years. He is 51!
I hear this more and more on TV shows and in movies and books. Comments like "I guess we have to be the grownups now." Sort of the "Friendization" of society because I remember the characters on "FRIENDS" saying it before others did. Strolling into their forties with no claim on adulthood.
Has being a grownup suddenly come to mean old? Does disclaiming adulthood defer responsibility? What is it?
I thought of myself as a grownup by my early twenties when I had my kids. My husband even earlier. This doesn't mean we were truly and consistently adult in our behavior but we were willing to wear the mantle.
What's changed? What age were you when you thought of yourself as a grown-up? If ever.