Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Caution: Objects in Mirror Are Older Than They Appear, or Approaching Forty on Facebook
Also making me do double-takes nowadays - if I met you when you were 15 and we were good friends, chances are excellent that I met your parents. And it has recently become alarming to me that I'll be scrolling through the Newsfeed and all of the sudden I'll see YOUR PARENT...except it's really you. The math supports me on this one - if you were born when your parents were around 25 (not that unusual in the 70's), when you were 15 and I met your parents, they were...about 40. And voila, the alternate title of this post.
And a special note about Eddie. I am not Eddie's friend on Facebook, because he is the little brother of my sister's elementary school best friend (figure out that relationship!) But he and his wife recently had a baby, because, you know, they are in their thirties, and it's normal to have a kid then. But I have extremely clear memories of Eddie when he was three (which is the same age as my younger daughter is now). So in a brain-bending twist, seeing him and his baby has caused me to imagine my three year old as a mom. And it is just too strange.
So next time I like a photo of your child (even though, most of the time, I have never met your child) or if I hesitate before I like a photo of you (although you will never actually know this), it's just because I am coming to terms with getting older where everyone can see me, on social media. Where the 15-year-olds I remember have become the 40-year-old parents, and I am no exception.