This simple question could be very difficult to answer for women in general I thought. So I put a poll on Facebook about this last month. The reactions varied. A friend wrote: she prefered not to tell her real age. When she answered honestly, she’d got asked again “How do you stay fabulous at your age?”. Another friend added she once experienced when she openly shared her age, the following question came “Why don’t you get anymore kids? At your age it is still not difficult to get pregnant”.
Being a person who don’t have a problem sharing her real age ( I am 40 years old), I now understand better why this 4 words question is hard to answer for some people. I thought before it was for vanity reason not telling the real age as I believed most people want to stay young forever but apparently not. What annoys people are the following questions after How old are you? When someone asks you one of the following questions, you have a choice not to answer it. Just smile and leave.
58 friends responded to the poll. 6 female friends answered they didn’t have a problem with telling their real age. The rest was of those who prefered not to answer the question. To my surprise some of them were male. So I was wrong. I assumed this was exclusively a female issue. A friend pointed out that this could also be culture related. In Dutch culture people doesn’t make a fuss about this unlike in Indonesian culture. What do you think? Does people at your place tend not to answer this question?
To my beautiful sobrina: Happy 25th birthday B!