I may be 30, but I most certainly do not feel 30. I still get really excited about things I was never allowed to do as a kid or things I wasn’t able to do in our early years of marriage. The Mold-A-Rama is a perfect example of “Wait, I’M THE GROWNUP, I can totally do that if I want to.” I feel the same guilty pleasure whenever I let myself get a treat and a drink when I stop at the gas station by myself. I also love hailing cabs. I grew up only seeing cabs in movies so when it came time to hail my first cab in Chicago I had my form down: right leg out, chin up, right arm up and out, hand open, LOOK CONFIDENT. I squealed with delight (on the inside) when a cab actually stopped. “I DID IT! IT WORKED! I ASKED IT TO STOP AND IT DID!” (To this day I still love to hail a cab.)
I love grocery shopping because I can get whatever I want. That doesn’t mean that I do, but it’s nice to know the option is there and no one is going to say no to me when I reach for the Double Stuff Oreos. I can still remember the first time I took myself out to lunch and the first time I took myself to a movie, so grownup! I also loved traveling with my passport for the first time two years ago. In my mind passports were always so exotic, grownups traveled with passports and I was finally able to join the ranks of passport carrying adult (ignore the fact that most kids have passports these days.)
Know what else I delight in? Driving myself to the airport. I’m not sure what made me believe that I always needed a ride to the airport, especially since the airport is so far away. Being able to park, pull out my luggage, and walk into the airport like an important business person on a very important business trip will never get old.
I also really like coming down an escalator to baggage claim and seeing a driver holding up a clipboard with my name. You know who comes down an escalator to their name on a clipboard? Important people.
I didn’t have to ask permission to get cats, I don’t have to ask permission to have ice cream after dinner, I can take road trips, and if I want to stay up late? I can.
Big was one of my favorite movies growing up and now that I am a grownup by age standards? That movie makes a whole lot more sense.
Being a grownup can be pretty darn fun.
What grown up things do you delight in?
I’m so grateful to partner with Hallmark in 2012 on their “Life is a Special Occasion” campaign again and I thank them tremendously for their patience with me, supporting me in all that I do and for sponsoring this post. I WORK WITH HALLMARK AS A GROWNUP, talk about childhood dream come true.