I have a creative chum with a good sense of humour.
Last week, her 11-year-old daughter told her reprovingly – though still affectionately – “You have such an immature sense of humour…”
Or she might just have said: “Mum, you are so immature…”
At my age, memories, reality and imagined conversations have a tendency to overlap.
And why not? Does it matter, really?
What ROUGHLY happened in the past is usually, pretty much, good enough.
But my point is…
Throughout my life, I have always tried to stay immature. I think it can be a positive quality. And I think, like most appallingly old people, I feel I am only around 26 years old inside. Other age fantasies are available and it seems I am fantasising younger than most.
A week ago, I got a pitch from a PR company claiming:
“Despite legal adulthood starting at 18, new research has found that the average Brit doesn’t consider themselves a grown up until they pass 30… 95% of Brits believe that it’s important to embrace your ‘inner child’.”
- 16-29 yr olds believe you’re officially a grown up at age 24
- 30-44 yr olds believe you’re officially a grown up at age 30
- 45-49 yr olds believe you’re officially a grown up at age 33
- 60+yr olds believe you’re officially a grown up at age 36
…and, according to the research, “more than a quarter of us aren’t sure we will ever grow up!”
The PR pitch was for the biscuit Jammie Dodgers (other biscuits are available) which apparently is currently “encouraging shoppers to #WitnessTheMischief through its latest (so far unseen by me) campaign”.
The research commissioned by Jammie Dodgers also found that more than a third of adults (36%) felt they are less mature than their own children and that, far less surprisingly, “of the adults surveyed who have children, over half (56%) have been told that they’re embarrassing parents.”
The survey claimed a definitive list of signs that you are embarrassing your kids includes “watching cartoons (39%), licking the bowl when baking (34%), finding farts funny (24%), getting excited when you’re having chips for tea (23%) and eating your favourite biccie in your own special way, like taking it apart and eating the filling first (34%).”
The last, I suspect, may not be entirely unrelated to Jammie Dodgers’ sponsorship. The one about getting especially excited ahead of chip consumption just mystifies me.
The research also claims that 42% of ‘adults’ insist that millennials will NEVER grow up the way their parents’ generation did – though surely all generations believe that. More than one in ten (13%) admit they still don’t feel like a grownup, with 34% admitting they feel jealous of friends and family who seem to ‘have their lives together’.
The most cited signs of being a ‘grown up’ are:
- having children (52%)
- making a will (41%)
- having savings (34%)
- having a mortgage (32%)
- getting married (30%)
- knowing about politics (26%)
- hosting a dinner party (21%)
- reading the Sunday papers (16%)
Each to his own, I say, though there are some people I might not want to live with:
The nation’s Top 10 favourite ‘pranks’ are, apparently:
- Jumping out at someone and shouting Boo!
- Using an extra or different remote to sneakily change the TV channel
- Prank calling a mate
- Scaring someone with fake insects or snakes
- Whoopee cushions
- Replacing family photos with famous people
- Removing batteries from devices
- Putting clingfilm over the toilet seat
- Telling your children the WiFi is down when it isn’t
- Changing the clocks
Hell, it seems, really IS other people.
Meanwhile, on Twitter…