I went to Wal-Mart today, it isn't an unusual occurrence in my life. In fact, I have been doing that quite regularly since my move. I need to buy things that didn't make the packing cut, or things that I need that I have no clue where to find. Of course, I find it shortly after purchasing a duplicate.
Well, today's trip consisted of a high chair, some fruits and vegetables, some washcloths, a bath rug, a bath towel, and a few other odds and ends. My two daughters and my sister joined me for the shopping trip. My ten month-old was in her car seat, which rested on the part of the cart where children usually sit. My 8 year-old was wondering around trying to find something at the checkout stand to buy.
I was minding my own business, talking to my baby girl and my sister. The female cashier asked me how old the baby was. I answered her truthfully. She then asked me, "How old ARE you?" Once again, I answered truthfully, saying I am 38. The line of questions began... I didn't know where the questions were coming from, or what the purpose was. I would guess the cashier was early to mid-twenties.
The next question was, "So, did you wait until you were older to have children?" To which I answered, "I waited until I was married, I didn't get married until I was 27, then I had my first baby when I was 29."
The following question, "How many children do you have?" To which I answered, "I have four children, two boys, two girls."
Then she volunteered that she had her first baby when she was 19 and that she has 2 daughters, her baby will be 5 months soon. She said that in some ways it is smart to wait until you are older to have children, because we know what is going on. I'm not sure I know what is going on all the time, but I know that I know more than when I was younger, so I agreed.
After I finished paying for all my stuff, I was kind of dumbfounded. I think that what I learned is that I should always expect the unexpected. The cashier was being friendly, in her own way. I could not imagine carrying on that line of questions with a stranger.
The other thing I have always known, is that I am proud of my age and getting older. I have always said that it beats the alternative!