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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Elderly Versus Youth Part 1


   I have officially become my Mother. It happened over the course of several years, but only recently have I found it so annoying. It is especially annoying to me because I swore I would never act or talk like that. Don’t get me wrong, my Mother was a wonderful person and I loved her very much. However, she never tried to understand young people or modern ways. It would have been fine with her if everyone lived as they did in the 30’s and 40’s. In fact, she lived much like that in some ways.
   When I was a teenager rock and roll exploded over the radio thanks to Elvis Presley. My folks never tried to understand that. Fashions changed, we worn mini-skirts and capri pants. We spent good money at drive-ins, particularly McDonalds. Instead of accepting change, my folk complained and made fun.
   No sir, I wasn’t going to be like that. I am going to understand, embrace changes, and encourage the youth. Now that I am elderly, I can’t understand what in the world is happening to our young people. How can they play those awful video games, be on Twitter and Facebook all day long? What fun is it getting drunk and throwing up? Don’t get me started on drugs. Who brought back the 70’s and why? You call that music? (Whatever happened to Frank Sinatra?)
   I have several ideas why some of us think that way. We are older and death is real. Maybe we are simply sorry we have less time to live, do things, be productive. Maybe we are jealous. Maybe we have stayed in our own comfort zone too long, not kept up with new trends, and really don’t care to make those adjustments.
   Oh my, this article is getting too serious. There is one thing I simply love about people under age 50; they invent neat stuff like computers, the Internet, and cell phones. Maybe I can adjust to this modern world, I am addicted to Twitter and CNN.
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