Was at lunch the other day with someone I worked with at a previous company.
We were talking about our kids and what they are doing. His kids are younger than mine by 10+ years.
I can’t remember what specifically led to the discussion regarding our ages. I said something about him being in his early 50’s, but he said he was 47. And I acted surprised – Surprised that he was younger than I thought.
I think it is socially acceptable when someone is older than you thought – you are saying they look younger then their age. A good thing.
But what about the opposite. You are surprised they are younger than you thought. Awkward !