Do you know why?
Because adults were recognising us as adults.
I'm all for showing respect for your elders, I just wish they'd stop treating me like a kid. By 22 my mother was responsible for another human being (me) and then five years later my friends were calling her Mrs Klasen. I only wonder when I will have the privlege of being introduced as Miss Klasen (Yes, I choose Miss. I'm still a feminist so it's my choice to be a Miss) or will my grandmother, even on her death bed in years to come, insist on seeing me only as a child and has to explain everything (including television remote operation) in the dumbest way possible?
No matter how I act, what I say or what I achieve in life, to some old people I'll only ever be 12 years old.