My Favourite Day of the Year

Today is supposed to be all about my husband Jon, because it’s his birthday. But as usual, I am making it all about me. Because yesterday I was interviewed by the truly fabulous Ann Douglas. You have to stop by The Mother of All Parenting Blogs to read The Quick Guide to Canadian Maternity Leave — and the Mom Who Wrote It. And, of course, check out my guide if you haven’t already. 🙂

Back to the topic at hand. Today is my Jon’s 33rd birthday. For those of you who keep up with these things, yes, I did turn 33 myself back in May and my husband is younger than me. 141 days younger than me, to be exact. Which isn’t much in the grand scheme of things. However you had better believe that for those 141 days every year he totally lords it over me that he is younger than I am. That, oh, yes, I am 33 but he is still a fresh-faced 32. And so in addition to celebrating the fabulosity that is my husband every September 23, I also celebrate the great equalizing. Now we are the same age for another 224 days.

(Lest you think my husband is some kind of jerk, I have to admit that I totally lorded my age over him when we were younger. For instance, when I had my driver’s license and I was driving his 15-year-old self around. Or when I could order a drink with dinner. Or when he was 24 on our honeymoon and not allowed to drive the rental car. It’s a good-natured teasing we have going on. Now that we are older, it’s simply his turn to get the digs in.)

scan0001One of the ironies of having children is that even as you get older and would sort of prefer to ignore the birthdays, you’re not allowed to. There is no way that a 4-year-old is going to let a chance to eat cake and ice cream and open presents pass her by. Of course she would sort of prefer the presents are toys for her, but in a pinch she’ll open your boring socks and gift cards, too. And so this evening we will decorate cupcakes and sing ‘Happy Birthday’ and celebrate Jon.

Happy birthday, Jon! Welcome to the land of the 33-year-olds. It’s not that bad, especially for me, because now I am not alone any longer. Don’t worry, in 7 1/2 months you’ll be younger than me once again. 🙂

Hannah's photo of Dad
The top photo is Jon at 1 year, and the bottom photo is Jon at 33 years

I would love to hear how age has played a factor in everyone else’s relationships, if at all. Are you older or younger than your partner? And does that make you feel smug? Please share your stories!

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  1. Happy Birthday to you, Jon!Jim is 3 months older than I am, so every year I call him Old Jim for those 90 days and he refers to me as a pup. Yes, it's silly, but fun, too. I think the best part is being so close in age and growing up together..which we're still trying to do!

  2. hubs is 8 months younger than me…he loves that.

  3. Ed is 4 years younger than me. Every once and a while I can remind him he's Shelley's age (anyone that knows her will understand this comment!)

  4. I love it that I'm 3 years younger than my husband! 😉

  5. Yay for being interviewed by Ann Douglas! I loved her “Mother of all Pregnancy Books” – it was my bible while I was pregnant.

    As for age? I am younger than Darren by 7 years. I call him a cradle thief and he calls me a grave robber. 🙂
    .-= Nicole´s last post ..Driven around the bend by weirdness =-.

  6. My husband is 21 months younger than me — one month and five days younger than my little sister. I never felt smug about it, but she did — the phrase ‘respect your elders’ was employed early and often.
    .-= Allison´s last post ..****************Oh yeah, advertising has NO effect on MY kids =-.

  7. My husband is 13 months older than me. We haven’t been 33 for a few years, it was a good age. I am still a bit horrified that I am so much closer to 40 than 30… I still feel so immature! (Or at least not much more mature than I did at 23) Then I think of all the things that have happened since I really was 23 and I wise up.

    For fun age differences…. My mother was born the year my step-SISTER was starting grade 1. My mother’s (much-younger than her) husband is 10 days YOUNGER than my baby sister’s (older) husband. There is 33 YEARS difference between my step-dad and my step-mom… my brain hurts thinking about it.

    Happy Birthday Jon
    .-= *pol´s last post ..This & That =-.

  8. Ann Douglas!!?? *stands up and cheers* Love her.

    Happy birthday to your hubby. I hope your day with him makes him smile and laugh and feel wonderful to be 33. 🙂

  9. Happy Birthday to Jon.
    Well, my husband and I have 22 years difference between us! It must be working out fine because we’ve been together for 16 years and I couldn’t love him more!
    Our good-natured joke is that he would tease me that once I turned 40 (which was last year) he could trade me in for 2 twenty-year-olds. I have him beat though. When he turned 60, I told him I get to trade him in for 3 twenty-year-olds!! Not a chance though. Be well…
    .-= Kathryn´s last post ..Lovely Giveaway! =-.

  10. My husband is 10 years younger. I don’t notice it myself, especially as we happen to look about the same age, but occasionally, during a row, he will say to me that I am old and my ilfe is over so we need to concentrate on what he wants!!! Huh! (I’m still 23 years away from retirement and have a young baby, so I consider my life very definitely NOT over thank you very much!!)

  11. Ann Douglas, that’s awesome!

    Ed is almost 2 years older than me. When he turned 30 this summer and I had just turned 28, I have to say I gloated a little bit 🙂

    I’m definitely more mature, though, so it evens out.
    .-= abbie´s last post ..Roasted Butternut Squash Soup =-.

  12. HUGE well done on your interview!

    Ant is three years two months older than me. Which now we’re 27 and 30 doesn’t seem like much of a difference (although I did get to feel very smug when he hit the big 3-0 and I was still only 27!)

    But when we met and I was 17 and he was the wildly older, alluring, dangerous guy in the music shop in town? I thought I was a total rebel – three years seemed like a lifetime.

    Happy Birthday Jon!
    .-= Josie´s last post ..Hold The Phone! It’s Slanket Time! =-.

  13. Happy Birthday Jon!!

    And congrats on the great interview and success with your guide, Amber!!

    As for us old folks, we’re actually 1/2 generation apart…Steve graduated from high school when I graduated from Kindergarten. Funny thing is, when we were first dating & married, every once in a while someone would think he was my father…and now, well I’ve aged considerably since we’ve become parents, and HE looks so much younger! Oh, well, at least no one assumes I must be his second wife anymore;-)
    .-= Michelle´s last post ..Early Autumn Garden Tour =-.

  14. My husband and I are exactly like you and yours — I am about three months older, so for those three months, I get a LOT of teasing. Before we were married, my husband used to solemnly and ceremoniously make me play Old Maid with him on my birthday every year, and “somehow” I always ended up with the Old Maid.


    Mostly these days it’s only an issue because our kids have trouble understanding how Daddy can be physically bigger than Mommy, when Mommy is SO MUCH older. Hee hee.
    .-= Lynn´s last post ..Last Woman Standing =-.

  15. Jasie VanGesen says:

    My gosh, Hannah looks so much like him!!

  16. Congrats on the article/interview!

    There are 7 years between my husband and I – he is older than I am. I do joke a lot about his age, sometimes I just really don’t know what he’s talking about, but it’s all in good fun. Really – age doesn’t matter and this isn’t that big of a gap in the end.
    .-= Rebecca´s last post ..Recipe: My yummy, easy Crock pot Chili =-.

  17. Happy Birthday to your husband!

    I’m 3.5 years older than my husband. He turned 21 the week before we started dating!
    .-= Lady M´s last post ..A Life of Pseudonyms =-.

  18. Happy birthday and happy equalizing day!
    .-= Francesca´s last post ..French fall ideés =-.

  19. Hi Amber,
    I’m just surfing around and found this post. I am *almost* three years yonger than my spouse. Donny turns 38 in March and I just turned 35 in November. When we got together I was 18 and he was 21 and thought he was getting a great deal with a younger woman -and I thought it worked out perfectly since men are generally three years younger in maturity than women. That’s just my opinion though. 🙂

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