Ok, so how DO we know when we become a fully fledged grown up? Is it when we reach 18? In my case not (and probably all yours too), I worked full-time (one point for grownupness), but I went out every night, spent all my sort of hard earned money on alcohol, nearly always had an hangover and treated (mum and dads) home like a hotel. Hmmm, that doesn't sound like I showed any sort of maturity at all now, does it?
Aged 21 I left home to move in with bloke, I felt more of a grown up then, even more so because bloke was so not. At 22 I had my son, now I have to grow up a bit and be a mummy, just before son was one bloke left. So at 23 I moved house to somewhere bigger and better. I had a dining room, surely that makes me a grown up?
Life carries on, with and without grown up actions and before you know it you hit thirty. A very grown up and mature 30! So to celebrate, myself and a large group of friends went to see a male stripper and drank far too much sparkling wine!
At 32 I meet hubs on another night out (I only partied once a month now)
We still look back on that night and laugh as we were both very intoxicated. In time I make a grown up decision and son and I move into his house. Now I'm settled with my new family, definitely grown up.
It became more apparent of how childish I could be when we went to sons open evening at school. I chewed on chewing gum the whole time, well we wasn't allowed when I was at school. Then when we were sat opposite his form teacher listening in a mature manner to everything he said, until teacher looked the other way, then me and son pulled faces at each other (hubs got mad with us, oops)! My excuse, put me in a school again and I'm back to being fourteen and rebellious, I can't help it!
Hubs has always said that I'm the most immature person he's ever met. I hold that title with pride, as I hit my forties. I'm 42 now, which makes no sense to me at all! For example, we visited my sister in law the other day, she's just moved into a new home with her partner (he's called Charles and he's very posh), she showed me around with her daughter and hubs in tow. Her master bedroom is lovely with a beautiful view over the lake, boats sailing passed and the most gorgeous of homes on the opposite side. So what do I say? " This is a good place to flash from" I then lift my top up to show the neighbours and sailors my bra, my niece (aged 20) couldn't believe what I'd done! Hubs laughed saying "I can't take you anywhere" and sister in law was in fits of laughter!
So, when do we turn into a grown-up? Seriously, as I have no idea!