On Turning 27

My 27th birthday is tomorrow. If you know me, you know that I love birthdays and make a huge deal about mine every year. But this year is different. To be honest, I haven’t given my birthday much thought – in fact, I completely forgot about it until last week, when Mr. Jelly brought it up. “Oh, that. I almost forgot about that,” was my response. Oh, the things studying for the Bar exam will do to you! I’m really looking forward to getting my life back (and starting to blog again!) in only a few short days.

Anyway, now that I think about it—27 is a weird and special birthday for me. For starters, ever since I was little I always imagined that I would get married at age 27. Somehow, it just seemed like a nice age to get married. And although I was technically married at 26, it’s pretty cool that my lifelong prediction of marriage at 27—or at least the wedding at 27—is coming true.

Another thought that keeps going through my head is how at age 27, Mama Jelly had already been married for 6 years, had already had her first child, and had me on the way.

Sure, it was a different time, but I can’t imagine having a child right now. I have so much respect for her!

I think what it comes down to is until now, I haven’t really felt like an adult. In a way, 27 marks the beginning of adulthood for me: I graduated law school, am taking the Bar exam, and am marrying the love of my life and embarking on a new career. Things are falling into place.


A wee lil’ jellyfish.

Did you have an “ideal marriage age” in mind growing up? Did reality match up with your expectations? When did you start feeling like a real adult?


Mrs. Jellyfish

Pleasanton, CA
Wedding Date:
September 2010
Two Become Wine”“I mean ONE.
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    missjyc 2781 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:03 pm

    i didn’t think i was going to get married until my early 30s. i always had big aspirations beyond “tying the knot” that always seemed to put me in the 30s-range for marriage time.

    how surprised i was to be engaged a few weeks after my 26th birthday. and now ill be married in a month or so after my 27th birthday! this past year has been crazy for me also…

    engaged, bought our first home, started a new job, and STARTED my first term of law school!

    congrats on graduation and good luck on the bar miss jellyfish!

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    Miss Chapstick 2098 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:04 pm

    I turned 27 Wednesday! Happy birthday!

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    TheFutureMcBride 4485 posts, Honey bee @ 4:04 pm

    My ideal marriage age was 25, but I’ll be less than a month from 31, so that didn’t work. And I refuse to ever feel like an adult, something McGroom loves because he’s too much of an adult.

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    knitting 1072 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:11 pm

    I thought 27 or 28 was a great age. I’m still shocked I’m getting married at 24!

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    Andria, Guest @ 4:14 pm

    I’m studying for the bar too (Ohio)! Good luck. I cannot wait to get my life back again, and I am sure you feel the same. And, I find it much more fun to look at wedding things rather than studying the law :-(

    I always thought I’d get married by 27, kids around 30. I’ll be gettting married at 26, and my fiance wants to start having kids before 30….so we’ll see how that turns out.

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    frenchfries 2168 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:16 pm

    Happy Birthday! :) I got married at 27, too!

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    spaniel 6778 posts, Busy Beekeeper @ 4:16 pm

    I kind of know what you mean. I remember turning 25 and growing up assuming that was the year to get married. When my mom was 25, she’d been married for three years and had me. I’d just met Mr. Spaniel a little before turning 25, and no one else had really been marriage material before then. That was a weird age to get past, knowing I hadn’t started my real career yet, and wasn’t married (or anywhere near it). It turns out 28 is okay, too. :)

    Happy birthday! Looks like 27 is your year!

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    Gilneas 1393 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:24 pm

    When I was fifteen or sixteen, I had my tarot cards read, and she told me I was going to get married when I was 28. All I could think was WOW! 28! That’s so LONG from now! And SO old!!

    As it turns out, I’ll be having my wedding eighteen days before I turn 28. I just realized this a few weeks ago… kind of funny.

    Happy Birthday!

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    mssocks 1336 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:45 pm

    Happy birthday!! Believe it or not, my ideal marrying age was 22 because…well…that’s the age the bride was in Father of the Bride!! I’ll be 24 by the time I get married though and I’m perfectly fine with that!

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    evahesse, Guest @ 4:51 pm

    i don’t think anyone ever feels grown up. there’s no ideal age to get married. just wait until you find the right person.

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    Hola13 52 posts, Worker bee @ 4:54 pm

    I don’t think I ever had an ideal age but society puts so much pressure on us to be “young” brides. I turned 27 this year (even though I keep writing that I am 26 for some strange reason). My mom had been married for 7 years also and had 2 children. Being married at 27 doesn’t bother me as much as not having children at this age. I’m not one to rush and we said we want to have some time together before children. We said we would wait until 30. The only comfort I find in that was that my dad was 30 when I was born. :) Happy Birthday!!

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    Jess, Guest @ 5:02 pm

    My ideal age was 24 mostly because I always wanted to get married in 2011 (corny I know but 11’s my favorite number) and the age just fit perfectly with the year. Also I always wanted a nice long, 2 year engagement so it wouldn’t interfere with college & grad school.. and you know what it all worked out just like I wanted & I couldn’t feel happier :-)

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    starrgazer02 78 posts, Worker bee @ 5:23 pm

    I knew I didnt want to get married young because there was plenty of things I wanted to do before being ‘tied down’, ie. college, partying, traveling etc. But I had wanted to be married by 30…well things didnt happen as I had hoped, I did get my college, partying and traveling in but I didnt get engaged till 30 and I’m happy about that! Things dont always have to go as planned!

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    Carlee, Guest @ 5:27 pm

    Good luck on the Bar exam! I’m taking it next week as well.

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    rplatzer 265 posts, Helper bee @ 5:32 pm

    Studying also (New York). Can’t. wait. until. it’s. over!

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    crayon78 130 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:53 pm

    Good luck on the bar exam! I remember that feeling of wanting to get your life back… almost over!

    I always thought I would get married at 27 and then have a kid at 29. Turns out that I got married at 29 and am in no rush to have kids. Would not have imagined this at all when I was younger!

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    heathermarie18 71 posts, Worker bee @ 5:54 pm

    Happy Birthday and good luck on the Bar! I’m taking New Hampshire and Massachusetts next week! I love that there’s so many lawyer-bees here!

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    duckduckamy 100 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:03 pm

    Happy Birthday! Mine is also tomorrow, but I’ll be 29 (Yikes!) :)

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    Bride_Colleen 633 posts, Busy bee @ 6:08 pm

    27 is the average marriage age for women. I think it’s 30 for men.

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    Mrs. Hermit Crab 3901 posts, Honey bee @ 6:09 pm

    Happy almost birthday and good luck!

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    MrsSl82be 9010 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 7:39 pm

    At the age I got married, my mom was already married and had my brother, and was almost ready to have me. Scary to think about it that way, cuz I am no where near ready to have kids! I never had an ideal age to get married, when I was younger I thought I would be early 20s, then as I got older I thought I would be in my 30s or else not get married at all. I got married at 25, 2 months shy of my 26th birthday

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    xoxokristin 541 posts, Busy bee @ 8:56 pm

    Happy Birthday! Have a great day!

    I never thought about when I’d be married, just when I’d have babies. I have no idea when I’ll be an adult, I hope some day soon! (I’m 24!)

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    miss bloom 334 posts, Helper bee @ 9:11 pm

    Happy birthday! Looking forward to seeing you back and blogging more

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    clarebee 2766 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:42 pm

    Happy birthday! My ideal marriage age was 27 as well and I am getting married 1 month before my 24th birthday. I never thought Id get married this young but it was just the right time!

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    Merry02 346 posts, Helper bee @ 1:01 am

    Happy birthday! I really didn’t think I’d be married until my early 30’s, but at 22 I started dating the man I knew I’d marry. We got married last month, two months shy of my 27th birthday. It’s funny how things work out!

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    jordynrose 6351 posts, Bee Keeper @ 1:34 pm

    Happy Birthday! I never had an ideal age for marriage, but I am happy to be getting married at 25.

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    sapphiresun 9092 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 1:49 pm

    I always said I wouldn’t get married until I was 26. It was just how the math worked out for me to finish a degree, and work a bit. I got married 2 months before my 27th birthday.

    My mom got married at 19, had me at 21 and my sister at 24. Crazy to think that I would be married and have a child in kindergarten and a two year old if I were her.

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    hamster 4047 posts, Honey bee @ 4:54 pm

    I didn’t want to ruin the perfection of having 27 comments on your Turning 27 post, but I just had to wish you a belated birthday :)

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