My first post!
BG: My husband and I are both 22 and we got married in May of 2010. We come from a tight-knit religious group (the Christadelphians) and we have known each other since age 7. We started dating
when we were 13 and 14 (unusual no matter who you are, I know) and dated for 8 years before getting married. We got married with a full blessing from both sides of the family and it was very normal and happy.
About me: I have been 'blessed' with short stature and a baby face. When I don't wear makeup I look like a young teenager. My DH looks his age.
Now, I don't flaunt my married status or anything, but it will come up sometimes in conversation with strangers ("My husband is looking for size 10 shoes," or whatever), and often the response will be, "You're married?! You look too young to be married!", said in a jovial tone.
My response has always been either,
* "Well, I'm 22, and we dated 8 years before we got married," which is kind of a lot of info to give strangers and often leads to many more exclamations ("Wow, you were young to date!" etc),
* Or I will say "I am," in a joking way.
But now I am getting a little annoyed. This happens often, and I am starting to feel like it's kind of a rude question for them to ask (though I don't think they mean it rudely.) Is there something else I can say that is polite but comes across with the idea that I don't necessarily appreciate their question? Is that rude in itself?
Is this a situation for "What an interesting assumption?" I don't want to be cold, though.
Or am I just being too sensitive? Anyone else gone through this kind of thing? I'm not mad, just... a bit annoyed.