Growing (and especially looking) older is a delicate subject, more so for women. Since coming to Country A, however, I noticed a commendable increase in the number of times I've been mistaken as being younger. Sometimes it works against me, like the time I was asked to produce an identity card when I wanted to buy mulled wine at a Christmas stand.
Not that I have anything against being judged to be younger than I am (heck, I like it!), but it was a little embarrassing, holding up the queue and having to show my ID to buy alcohol, in front of so many people. Note that here, you need to be above 16 to buy alcohol. Nobody else was asked to show their ID.
Sometimes, it works in my favour; just this week, I was issued a "child pass" when I went to a museum. The lady at the counter realized her mistake when I told her my age, but she let me use that cheaper ticket anyway. Maybe I should mention that I wasn't alone; my sister, who's older than me by a year, was issued a child pass as well!
I don't think we both have some amazing genetic quality which makes us look younger, although that would have been awesome. No, I think it could be because of the way we're attired, and the way we behave. I have mentioned before that I grew up for the most part in an Asian country, where the culture and society are extremely different from Western countries. That too, it wasn't a big city we lived in. All that does seem to influence this age confusion. I reckon we both dress, look and act like a couple of slightly shy teenagers, by European big city standards.
Ironically, in Country B, I was often asked if I'm the elder of the two of us. One very embarrassing situation stands out - when I was 19 or 20, I visited my sister at her student hostel for the first time. One of her friends asked her if I'm........ wait for it........................her mother!!
That's just... just...
That's just... just...
Being mistaken as the mother of a 20+ year old college girl whilst still a teenager is not really a compliment. Anyway, right now, we're both mistaken to be "teenies" very often, and it doesn't bother us. All I can say is, I hope this "mistaken as younger" thing carries on for a good half century more ;)