On the bright side (there is almost always a bright side) these 3 gray hairs may be exactly what I need. You see, I am 26. The average stranger who meets me usually guesses 19-20. At my recent colonoscopy (apparently my body thinks I'm 50) the nurse who was prepping me was shocked to find out that I have a son. I could almost hear the disdain in her voice. She was thinking teen mother. A minute later I somehow managed to sneak in that I am a teacher, to which she asked, "How old are you?" Upon hearing my age she told me that I looked no older than her 19-year-old daughter. This is a very regular occurrence for me.
In Hawaii a couple of years ago I ran into an an approximately 14-year-old boy while out boogie boarding. He was a local who decided to teach all us tourists how to boogie board the right way. Some way or another he asked how old I was. When I told him he did not believe me! I told him I had a husband and a son on the beach and he would not take my word for it until he saw for himself. The age he guessed me to be: 16!
So, next time I am carded at an R-rated movie or given a dirty look from a judgemental old lady while shopping with my son, I will just whip out my 3 gray hairs and proudly proclaim, "See, I am old enough!" I may have to start carrying around a little mirror for this purpose.
I don't particularly want any more gray hairs for now, because that might mean I would have to start dyeing my hair like the typical female my age. However, if I am going to start going gray I should at least use it to my advantage.
So what do you think-do I look my age?