Cougar town

by , posted on January 30th, 2012 in Just me




This weekend I went to dinner with my friend, Stacey, to celebrate her 40th birthday. I met her and a group of her friends at a Mexican restaurant and we drank margaritas and laughed and had a lovely time.

There was a band playing, and by band, I mean two guys with white hair who were singing stuff that was old when I was in high school. We wanted to request some songs and they were happy to do Brown Eyed Girl for us. So we felt obligated to get up and dance.

And this is where it got awkward.

There were a small group of people already dancing. They were probably 20 years older than us. We of course giggled at their moves – like the man who kept the beat by shrugging his shoulders, and the woman who did the obligatory scoop to the left, scoop to the right, repeat.

Then it hit me. Is that what we look like to a group of 20-somethings? Not that there were any there that night, but would they sit in their chairs and snicker at the group of cougars trying to shake it? Would they do the cabbage patch (okay, we did it, but we were JOKING) behind our backs?

It was a humbling thought. When we were in our 20s, women in their 40s seemed WAY old. They were moms. They either wore elastic-waist pants or their teenage daughters’ hoochie jeans. Does saying hoochie date me?

We have wrinkles around our eyes (except for the woman who had botox, who looks amazeballs, and now I’m considering it) and our bladders aren’t quite what they used to be before popping out a few kids. We start yawning by 10 p.m.

Then again, we were out having fun instead of home on Pinterest or watching Tivoed American Idol episodes (what, you don’t do that?).

Also? I don’t think a 20 year-old could ever do the Dougie like we can.

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29 Responses to “Cougar town”

  1. Lance Says:

    January 30th, 2012 at 3:05 am

    Happy 40th to your friend….as a 41 year old with 3 kids, I congratulate anyone who can get out of the house. I haven’t done that with guy friends in exactly a year.

    *yawn*
    Lance recently posted..Running With The Devil

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    Cheryl Reply:

    Wow. A year? Dude. That’s WAY too long.

    #freeLance

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  2. tracy@sellabitmum Says:

    January 30th, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Botox, huh? I’m intrigued now. Damn you.
    tracy@sellabitmum recently posted..Play-Doh Is Only Fun If Someone Else Makes It

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    Cheryl Reply:

    Add it to the list of things I said I’d never consider but now am dying to do..

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  3. angela Says:

    January 30th, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Oh, I wonder about this, too! But love the dancing so much that I try to push it out of my mind. But also remember that some of that 20 year old criticism comes from a place of not being 100% comfortable in their own skin. At least I know that’s how I felt at 20.

    And Botox…ignoring that road…for now…

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    Cheryl Reply:

    The key is to dance at a place where everyone is older than you. It sounds like this would not be fun, but trust me, it so was.

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  4. Arnebya Says:

    January 30th, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    I love dancing. Those 20 something heifers can kiss it! When I do dare to go out those few rare times a year, I never leave the floor. And nope, hoochie isn’t dating you (my 11 yr old still says it. It’s just so…appropriate at times).
    Arnebya recently posted..How’s That Parenting Working Out for Ya?

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    Cheryl Reply:

    Hoochie really is just one of those timeless words, isn’t it?

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  5. Jen Says:

    January 30th, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Woman, never question how you look when you’re tearin’ it up on the dance floor. Just dance. it. out.
    Jen recently posted..Scenes from the Weekend – A Treasure Map Play Date

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    Cheryl Reply:

    Awwww yeah!

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  6. Dana Says:

    January 30th, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    this made me laugh,(or maybe it was a giggle?) and I’m a 40 something yr old Mom so it was a “laugh with you”. Thanks, I needed it!

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    Cheryl Reply:

    Excellent! I’m glad you feel my pain. :)

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  7. Mad Woman behind the Blog Says:

    January 30th, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    The Dougie? That’s what that’s called? I’m so out of it.

    And yes, botox or some variation in on my to-do list. Soon, VERY soon.

    BTW, I’d like some evidence of your Dougie. Just saying.

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    Cheryl Reply:

    You actually have seen me dance. Altho I don’t think I broke my Dougie.

    You’re welcome.

    xo

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  8. John Says:

    January 30th, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Here’s the thing — even when I was in my 20′s, I danced like an 80 year old who was days removed from a hip replacement.
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    Cheryl Reply:

    Okay, that totally just made me giggle.

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  9. Rachel Delaurier Says:

    January 30th, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    LOL! Funny, thank you.

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    Cheryl Reply:

    Glad you got a laugh!

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  10. Kir Says:

    January 30th, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    I, like Angela, don’t even care about how I look…I just dance. I have a decent amount of rhythm…from years of cheerleading, dance classes and the DNA of my dad so I just SHAKE IT. ;)

    so glad you had a good time!!!!
    Kir recently posted..Just Be Enough: Welcome To Wit’s End

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  11. Jenni Chiu Says:

    January 30th, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Your cougarness has inspired me to Dougie in my living room right now…
    And I don’t even have music playing.
    Jenni Chiu recently posted..Hello Depression. 1, 2, 3, down they go.

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    Cheryl Reply:

    I bet you’re Dougie is full of the awesome.

    We must discuss a meeting now that you’re behind the Orange Curtain with me..

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  12. Kimberly Says:

    January 30th, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    And that is why I drink.
    Dancing always “looks” better when you drink.
    At least I think it does.
    Kimberly recently posted..The Book

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    Cheryl Reply:

    No, you’re totally right. Drinking makes everything look better. Or something.

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  13. julie gardner Says:

    January 30th, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Dude. You can Dougie? For reals?

    I’m out.

    But I can drink margaritas and dance like it’s 1988.
    And I, too, am interested in the Botox. Perhaps.

    You. Me. Tracy. Group-rate?
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    Cheryl Reply:

    That? Would be awesome. Maybe in Vegas?

    xo

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  14. Jennifer Says:

    January 30th, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Wouldn’t it be lovely to have an amazeballs face? Just a couple pokes in a couple of places would be great!

    Last week I hosted a poetry reading at the bookstore where I work. It was a young hipster 20-30s crowd. I struck up a conversation with one gal & could see her glimpsing longingly past me at the youngsters. Sigh.

    Listen young ‘ins: We are still cool even if we are 40!!
    Jennifer recently posted..An Unlikely Friendship

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    Cheryl Reply:

    Aww.. you should’ve broken out the Dougie! That would’ve schooled her!

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  15. Shell Says:

    January 31st, 2012 at 11:00 am

    I remember thinking how old 30 seemed. And now? That totally cracks me up that I ever thought that.
    Shell recently posted..My Kid Irritates Me Because…

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    Cheryl Reply:

    It’s sad when someone dies who’s in their 70s and I’m all, “that’s not even that old!”

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