Kristen Bellamy

Google Alert

I was at dinner with my family when the strangest exchange ensued, or should I say timely. We were talking about summer plans and everyone was saying where they would like their dream vacation to be. Out of the blue my daughter asked my husband “how old are you exactly Daddy?” causing the conversation to quickly shift. I became extremely quiet, as I did not want to be next on her age inquiry hit list. Now, before my husband could answer my son said loudly “no need to answer that, we already know your age.” He replied “How do you know if I haven’t answered?”, it simply had never come up. “We Googled you Dad”, my other “adult” child blurted out abruptly. Then they started Googling me, right there at the table. Apparently nothing came up on my age in their in-depth background check. “Mom you don’t even have a Wikipedia page!”, she said in horror making me feel as though my complete undocumented existence was therefore null and void. So if a life has been lived out fully yet never documented in Google, did it ever exist? Does everything need to be shared with our children about our past? I never knew my parents ages and it never even crossed my mind to ask. Is there any privacy or mystery to anything in this day of the internet?

This got me to thinking about an age old question. Does a lady tell her age to her children or anyone for that matter? I was raised where you never asked a woman her age and if you had any grace at all, you never told. But now with all the access to everyone’s information just finger tips and a click away, there is a new era of women who shout it from the roof tops. In fact she wears it as a badge of honor. Where do you stand on this? Do we celebrate it or keep it mysterious and be the ageless timeless beauties we once were?

Very confusing for a Hollymom in “Hollywoodland” where men get better with age and women are dinosaurs at the age of 35!

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  1. I just had a Bday (jan 16)and we had a great time celebrating. Not once did anyone ask how old I was, it was not about that, it’s about the way you feel and just embracing your enter and outer beauty. I don’t think people really care about age anymore, it’s all about your experience and the way you carry yourself. If someone ask your age, “why”, what are they getting out of that information. But, don’t get me wrong, I’m one to celebrate a milestone, even if you say it’s your 40th but I know the real deal, it’s your 50th! who cares, same person…age is just a number.

  2. Well I say if you 41 but people still think you are 28-30, then definitely blurt your age, however on the flip side ladies, we all have that one friend, you know where I’m going with this ……exactly…she is 45, but look like she 55, awwh, yeeaahh, no. I would definitely keep that a mystery.
    But seriously though, at the end of the day enjoy each stage of change we go through with aging, one stage progresses you to another stage, and before we know it we have fully blossomed.

  3. Anita Baker-Alexander

    Age is just a number how you feel and what you have lived and learned on this journey is priceless . My age is 75yrs as of jan 19 and i feel blessed to be here see my family grow and can share some of my wisdom. Much Auntie Neets

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