Rev T and I are in the process of drawing up wills and appointing a guardian for the Tubblet. It's only taken 12 years to sort this out. It occurred to me that this probably meant we'd reached proper, fully fledged adulthood. That and the realisation that if I lost my job during the restructure, there was no parental spare room or safety net to go back to. We were going to have figure this out on our own-some.
That started me wondering if there were other things that also signified proper, fully fledged adulthood. Actual adulthood. Rather than looking like a adult, but are still pretending to be a student in between going to work and bed. Is it having children? Having your own front door? Being in a relationship?! A combination of some or all these things or something else entirely.
Here's what I came up with. Most of them are possessions or activities. Modern adulthood seems to be less about behaviour and milestones:
- Insurance that you're not required to have by law. Insurance that you're required to have by law is motor if you're a driver, just in case you were wondering. But optional insurance that we choose to pay for that keeps us safe and provides if things go wrong like travel, home and life insurance. Because it's the responsible thing to do and stuff might happen.
- Spare batteries. Just in case you need them. In different sizes.
- Nice crockery, cutlery, glasses and food bowls. With table cloths and mats. When you have people round for dinner, you want it to look nice. Normally dinner is eaten off one of those TV tray things whilst watching the One Show. But no one is here to see that.
- A medicine box. With bandages, plasters and drugs. Not that you'd have a clue how to use some of the things in it.
- A crock pot / slow cooker. That's used regularly to make warming stews. And other pieces of proper kitchen equipment like rolling pins, garlic presses and wine decanters.
- A linen chest that lives at the end of the bed like in the interior magazines. It may actually have nice bed linen in it. Or wrapping paper. Or the winter / summer clothes. (Delete according to the season).
What do you think are the signs of adulthood? Have I missed anything? Let me know in the comments.