Tuesday, April 21, 2009

On aging ...

I sat at a table with four Kindergartners, all of them sure they wanted to be sitting next to Violet -- except for Violet who wanted to be sitting next to Ashton. They played musical chairs and I attempted an interview.

It was National Teach Children to Save Day and Zions Bank was all over it with propoganda visors, pamphlets for the parents and games and activities for the kids.

I was asking a bunch of six-year-olds why they thought it was important to save.

"So you can buy stuff," was the most common response.

Somewhere in the midst of children on the other side of the room telling the banker they had a turtle and why their parents like Hawaii, Ashton turned to me and said in a matter-of-fact tone, "You look 20 or 21."

I smiled appreciatively.

"You're close!" I responded warmly. "I'm actually 24."

Gee, I thought. That must sound ancient to a six-year-old.


"That's cool! My mom's 25."


Emilie said...

I'm so glad you're making Zions happy by covering this. We passed this year. Also, don't you think 6 is such a great age for a kid you're interviewing? They don't think twice before they say stuff, so you get the most honest answers from them.

Oh, and that's just lovely that I could technically have a kindergartner.

Sierra said...

25 with a 6 year old?! Someone got an early start! Wow... I am GLAD that's not me!

Kristen said...

I always thought my mom was 30 growing up. Every year she had a 30th Birthday party. So long as there was cake the math just never mattered.

I hope the same is true of this kid's mom. How miserable to have a 6-year-old at this point in life.