I'm turning 50 and what is a witty reply to "How old are you?'

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  1. thesub

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    This is so silly but I'm not sure how to be witty and tell the kids to MYOB.

    I'm a p/t aide in 4th grade and I'm sure I will be bombarded with the age question. The teachers are all half my age in the school and I do feel sometimes I'm the oldest in the school. The kids can be very persistent sometimes.
    Thanks so much.
     
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    My go to answer for the last 40+ years when students ask me that question: "I'm older than dirt."
     
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    I tell my kids one of two things - if they're older kids (when I was subbing) my not-so-witty answer was "Old enough that that's a rude question." If they're younger (so my 2nd graders now), I tell them I'm some ridiculous age. Currently my age is about 25,000 years old (when I subbed though I'd usually stick with a couple hundred). I say it with a perfectly straight face so it really confuses them.

    Neither is really witty, but both are hilarious for me because kids don't really know what to do with that.
     
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    I'm turning 45 in January. I'm usually pretty open about my age but may occasionally tell them about historical events that happened the year / month I was born so they can figure it out for themselves. At the very least, I'll make it an academic challenge for them.
     
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    It depends on your personality and how you say it, but I tend to reply to questions like that with a semi-shocked, "ooh, that's a very personal question!" or "that's not polite to ask!"

    I'm young and recently married, and several students have asked me when or whether I'm going to have babies. Recently, I've also been asked who I was voting for. Cue above response.
     
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    THOSE are personal questions. Yikes!
     
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    "When I was young, the world was in black and white."
     
  9. SpecialPreskoo

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    Tell them the Dept of Transportation was created the year you were born.
     
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    Oh, I like this one!
     
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    My friends birthday is on the 24th so she says she is 24 every year.
     
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    I pick an older age that I am obviously NOT (like, 82) and then say, "Don't I look great for my age?!" :D
     
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    "Why do you ask?"
    "Old enough to know better"
     
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    With the my grade 1s I always said, "Older than your babysitter", since they all thought their teenaged babysitter was SOOOOOO old. With the older students I just tell them it's not polite to ask a lady her age.
     
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    I didn't answer that when I was 21,nor do I now that I'm in my 40s.
     
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    We used to sing the presidents every morning, and one day I asked them who they thought was president when I was born. I got all kinds of guesses. LOL
     
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    "Well, when I was a little cave child..."
     
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    I remember my trip on the Mayflower. I think I was 5....
     
  19. thesub

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    You guys are hilarious:toofunny::toofunny:! Thank you so much. It's good I can say it's a personal question.
     
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    I do tell my kids that I am 100! They know I'm kidding, but it is the answer I stick to!
     
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    I spent this afternoon freaking out a student while trying to convince him that I really am 25,000 years old. It helped that the other teachers agreed with me and played along perfectly. He was so annoyed, it was hilarious. He actually went and asked a 4th grade teacher if it was possible for someone to be 25,000 years old, and she just said, "Why would you even ask that?" XD
     
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    "How old do you think I am?"
     
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    I always just tell my kids to guess. My third graders were hilarious. They'd either guess 22 or 45. No in between. My fifth graders have it narrowed down to a smaller range.
     
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    I tell them I am 487 years old and have a youth serum I put on my skin every night to stay looking this young. They never believe it (as any 4th grader shouldn't), but it leads to a discussion about how in American society it is considered rude to ask adults their age. I have also used the line "A lady never reveals her age." I also don't tell them the year I was born.
     
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    I tell them old enough to be their Mom and sometimes I am old enough to be their grandmas.
     
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    You can say that you are 20 years younger than the president to be.
     
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    I am not as old as you, and I still refuse to tell my age. My answers are generally, "It is impolite to ask an adult their age. I'll keep that to myself." "I am 487 years old. I use a magic beauty serum every night that keeps me looking like this." "Old enough to be your teacher." and the one that usually shuts down discussion, "A lady never reveals her age."
     
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    You should sing the Tangled magical hair song... Lol!!!
     
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    My favorite is some randomly large number, followed by "I can never remember if that is in dog years, hamster years, or dolphin years." You should see them try to figure out dolphin years, since they are totally clueless. I have also used older than dirt, and this past year a student pointed out that dirt has always existed (not true - science teacher), but close to the Big Bang Theory in thought process. I laughed and said that meant I was less than 4.5 billion years old. Surprisingly, that satisfied them!
     
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    The last few years, I have taught them how to say their age in French class and I always say how old I am there, then post it on our french phrase wall, so it's not a big deal. One year, I did problem of the day in grade four that "Monsieurteacher's birthday is today. He was born in 1983. How old is he? Is he old?"

    In general, my instinct is to ask them how old they think I am. Provides me with much enjoyment.

    The funny thing was when my girlfriend (now wife) was subbing for me one day, the students thought she was my mother... (keep in mind we didn't even share a last name at this point!) despite the fact that she is three years younger than me.
     
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    :spitwater: Omigod, did she clobber you the next time she saw you?
     
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    Haha... no, we were just mutually amused, as she generally looks younger than her age, while I look older than my age... I think this student had some issues.
     
  33. showmelady

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    I am 73 and I sub. All grades in elementary and middle school. So, I tell the older kids it is not nice to ask a lady her age. The younger kids I make up some extraordinary number and they are in awe.
     
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    I don't mind telling my kids since they're still young and numbers that high are still a hard concept for them.
    When my current class asked me how old I was, I told them to guess, and they started with 80...
    (I'm 28, but look 18 apparently)
     

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