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Reminiscing on Age and Memories

Kimberlee Leonard

Posted on January 2, 2020 23:24

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Nothing says you're getting old like being in bed by 9 pm on New Year's Eve.

We just rang in a New Year, a new decade really. As they say, nothing is new these days as parties across the country took on a Roaring 20s theme from 100 years ago. 

Here was my theme to ringing in 2020 - in bed by 9:30 after half a beer and doping the dog. Maybe I should have doped myself since the neighborhood fireworks had me on edge. Yep, I'm one of those who hates not just driving but being on the road for New Year's Eve. I want the quiet in my house to enjoy an end-of-year Netflix binge. I don't want to be up late. 

I think this is stage one of getting old. Well, maybe the long-overdue glasses were stage one. A New Year's bedtime must be stage two. Next?

Who knows? I might just have to start talking about my aching back and knee and how it must be about to rain. Oh, wait, already doing that. My radio is already tuned to the nostalgic 80s tunes. And I've started calling the dog by my son's name and vice versa. This must mean that I'm getting old. 

Yet I keep hearing that 50 is the new 40 - or something like that. If so, then maybe there is hope. 

Sure, these Millenials don't know why we say, "Hang up a phone," because they've only ever pressed a button. I'm convinced many Millenials will never learn to set up voice mail since they don't actually make calls on the phone. Forget setting up an answering machine. Really, forget it. I tried asking my son to do it for my grandmother. The kid can compute rocket trajectory but can't figure out how to record a message.

And that's okay. I never had to deal with a milk chute, draw lines on the back of my legs to make the appearance of pantyhose seams, or have to develop my own film (we had stores that did that). Even as naive as I was about the generations ahead of me, I still turned out to be a functional human. I'm sure the next generations will be fine without our archaic knowledge. 

Maybe I'm old. Maybe not. Maybe I'm old enough. 

Maybe I'm old enough to not worry about watching a ball drop. I'm old enough to know the moments that I'll remember and cherish are things like my son's birth, releasing my book, and the day my mom was given a cancer-free diagnosis. When you're younger, you often don't have as many amazing things to cherish simply because life hasn't given those to you yet. It's okay; everything in due time. Damn, that is such an old person thing to say!

To 2020 and Cherished Memories...


 

 

 

Kimberlee Leonard

Posted on January 2, 2020 23:24

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