These young people are not cognizant that you have lived through some exciting times. Case in point, I was speaking to another older woman who told me about a 17 year old employee her husband has working for him in his pool business. This man was explaining about the chemicals that are added to pools, ph levels, etc. The 17 year old looked at him and exclaimed,” I was wondering how I would ever use that stuff I learned in Chemistry.” DUH! Recently we had a local election and this man took this 17 year old with him to vote. The people at the voting site were not busy, so they took this 17 year old and showed him the ropes. He was thrilled and is looking forward to voting when he becomes 18.
Once, the two “men” were driving to a home to service the pool and the 17 year old was reading something from his World History book and was astounded to learn that the older man was in the Vietnam War and that he saw Neil Armstrong land on the moon. We lived that history!
I also become amused that the “new” fashion that the young women are so fascinated by – the shoes (we called them stacks), the flowing skirts (we called them peasant skirts), the very short skirts (we called them mini-skirts) and so many others. These young people do not realize yet that in twenty years their new and upbeat fashions will be recalled, given new names, and presented as the “new style” of that new time.
There was a time when people created their own toilet paper covers for the bathroom, i.e., crocheted, knitted, and all kinds of other creative things. As a young person, I laughed at the idea. Guess what? They are back and you have to buy them.
What about all the movie remakes? How many times can you remake Sherlock Holmes, Snow White, Batman, etc.? I don’t really think that the new ones are created to “improve” on the others. I just think the movie makers want to cash in on the fact that young people have not watched the classic movie channels and seen the old movies. They can sell expensive tickets to see the new ones. Or perhaps, the “movie makers” cannot create new ideas and therefore, new movies. Our experienced movie makers are growing OLD.
Point – history repeats itself and at some time these young people will be “has beens.” But right now they have no history to relate to other than when they lost their first tooth, rode a bike for the first time, or went on a first date. When their history really starts to develop, they will begin to see some of the looks I see from the younger crowd. They will not be OLD, but they will on the road there.