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Old 10-17-2020, 05:35 AM
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Growing up, my mom could never remember her age. I'd always think, "How can you forget your age? I'll never forget my age!" She also would forget how long she had been teaching. When I started teaching, I thought I could never forget how many years I've been doing it!

Well, just recently, I've noticed I've forgot my age at times! I know roughly my age, but I keep forgetting if I'm going to be that age or already that age! I'm 31, going to be 32, but sometimes I have to think if I'm 31 and going to be 32 or if I'm 32 and going to be 33! I think this started right around the time I was 30 or so. Does anyone else have trouble remembering their age?

Same goes for years teaching. I have to count sometimes when people ask me how long I've been teaching. I'm in my 10th year, but sometimes I'm not sure and have to count!

Anyone else forget years like this?


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Old 10-17-2020, 05:48 AM
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I can't remember. I have to count it up to be sure!

Mine started closer to 50- and some of it comes from the folder number I have to be to be eligible to retire! I was trying to consiliate how many years I had left to teach and that got me confused on my age. It was also affected by trying to be ready for the next birthday- I know I will be ? next birthday soon became, Holy Cow, I can't believe I am ?, and on the next birthday I tried to skip an entire year!

That was messed up!
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Uh, no! I am 70, born in 1950.
Old 10-17-2020, 05:49 AM
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That's kind of hard to forget, but 1950 makes it very simple.

I am forever astonished when people do not know the birth and death dates of their parents or family members. I know my mom's and dad's, grandparents, in-laws, ex-husbands, siblings, kids, etc. Do you have issues with numbers in general?
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Old 10-17-2020, 05:52 AM
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Do you have issues with numbers in general?
No, I'm actually good with numbers and have a great memory for dates!
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Old 10-17-2020, 06:20 AM
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I probably would except that I was born in 1970, which makes it really easy to calculate age.

Recalling how many years I've been teaching is another matter. I have to count that one up every time.


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Old 10-17-2020, 06:31 AM
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My 40s were tough. 43 and 46-47 were confusing. Just the other day, I had to think about it again. (52 now...53 next month)

Teaching-I took a year off and took 3 years as an aide. I never know how to count it. I guess I should just say the number because no one (except me) really cares about a year off or working as an aide.

I am good with numbers and birthdays/anniversaries.
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Old 10-17-2020, 06:32 AM
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I do, I forget both all the time and have to calculate when asked. So embarrassing!! The worst one is when I am asked for my son's date of birth, I always give my daughter's. I feel guilty about that one. Recently I have been trying to pause, then say the month name first instead of number.
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Old 10-17-2020, 07:46 AM
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I always remember how old I am but I always ask people who are the same age as me as to when we graduated high school. It was 1977 (I think...it might be 1978 but there's no one around to ask ).

It was at about the 10 year mark that I forgot how many years I'd been teaching. I can never remember if I started in Sept 1990 or Sept 1991 and then I start thinking, "do I count the year I took off when I was on maternity leave?" which confuses me even more. When people ask me how many years I taught, I say "I've been a teacher for about 30 years" because, even though I've been retired for 3 years, I still consider myself a teacher.
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Old 10-17-2020, 08:51 AM
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I do this all the time. I have to remember what year it is NOW, then subtract my birth year. Then remember, did i already have my birthday yet?
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Old 10-17-2020, 09:47 AM
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I forget that Iím 47 because I refuse to admit it and donít feel it. I excepted to be a lot more put together by 50.


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Old 10-17-2020, 09:58 AM
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One year I gained whole year because I thought I was already 52, but I learned I was TURNING 52!
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Old 10-17-2020, 10:10 AM
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Yes, although in my case I think it's more subconscious denial . I actually had no problem turning 30. I've always felt that I'm mature for my age. However, in my mind I am still 30, even though in reality I am now 33 . I have even caught myself saying things in conversation referring to myself as 30 without even thinking about it . For example, I loved the Babysitter's Club books when I was little and I watched the series when it came out on Netflix this year. I remember saying something like, "I wonder if any actual children are watching this, or if it's just 30 year-olds like me."

I am in my 11th year teaching, which I can remember but is kind of crazy to think about. I feel like a "seasoned veteran" at this point, but in reality I'm really only 1/3 of the way through my career. Now that I've gotten (a little) older retiring with 30 years at 52 seems pretty crazy too. 52 seems extremely young to be retiring! Of course who knows in 19 years, but I'll probably be like my dad and find some sort of easier job to get for awhile.
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Old 10-17-2020, 10:12 AM
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Yes, I'm totally this way! I started in my late 30s with the forgetting part

Sometimes I do the math and am excited to realize I'm younger than I was thinking. Mostly, I do the math and am not excited to realize that I am older than I was thinking

And I'm really good with numbers in general, and dates for the most part. The years just go so quickly!
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Old 10-17-2020, 11:45 AM
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I often forget, and have to do the math. My excuse is, "It keeps changing!"
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