My birthday was last week and instead of mentioning my actual age, perish the thought, I called it the anniversary of my 29th birthday.
Since I stole this idea from a friend of mine, I bequeath its use to you.
The beauty of this approach is you can be as specific or as general as you like . . . or can stand. For example, if you are, say, 49 and you don’t mind anyone knowing, you can refer to it as the 20th anniversary of your 29th birthday, or the 28th anniversary of your 21st birthday, or even the 31st anniversary of your 18th birthday.
Pick a birthday, any birthday, and as long as you can do the math, or have a calculator at hand, you can have your own anniversary of a gone but not yet forgotten birthday.
Of course, if you prefer, you can just call it the anniversary of whatever birthday you choose, without getting more specific. After all, whose business is it anyway? Let ‘em guess . . . if they dare.
It goes without saying if they have any class at all they won’t guess aloud.
Or, you can always take my aunt’s approach and wait for someone to be gauche enough to actually ask your age, then look them straight in the eye and say “Guess.” Keep staring until they either break out in a sweat, guess a number at least a decade lower than what they’re thinking, or both.
Serves ‘em right.
If they’re older than 21 they’re old enough to know better than to ask. If they’re not smart enough to avoid that question at all cost, however, it’s past time for them to learn this valuable life lesson.
But only if they’re planning on living long enough to celebrate an anniversary of their favorite birthday a decade or two in the future.
WHAT ABOUT YOU, DO YOU FESS UP TO YOUR AGE ON YOUR BIRTHDAY? WHICH BIRTHDAY’S ANNIVERSARY DO YOU CELEBRATE? A FREE COPY OF MY DEBUT NOVEL, MRS. GOODFELLER, WILL BE RANDOMLY AWARDED TO ONE PERSON WHO LEAVES A COMMENT BELOW BEFORE THE NEXT WRITERSPACE BLOG IS POSTED.