My niece turned 17 today and I'm having a hard time wrapping my mind around it. It doesn't make me feel old. It doesn't feel like she was born yesterday. I'm not getting all nostalgic about the first time I saw her, and the years between then and the woman she's become now. No, as much as I love her and am proud of her, sentimentality isn't the source for my conflicted feelings regarding her 17th birthday. I'm having a hard time grasping her age because sometimes I still feel 17, and how can she and I be the same age when there is actually 9 years between us?
Oh well. Hopefully she'll have a smoother transition into adult life than I've had. She's not nearly the headcase that I am, so maybe I can get some pointers from her.