Time marches on, but when we’re deep in the day-to-day of life, it often slips by unnoticed. “How can it be Friday?” we ask, “Wasn’t Monday yesterday?” Or, “It was just Christmas! Why is Easter candy in the stores?” In a household with children, the kids’ growth spurts signify to everyone that they’re growing older…and their Moms are, too.
Recently, I ran into a former co-worker I hadn’t seen in almost 20 years. Back in the day, I’d helped her cope with several failed IVF treatments before she finally gave birth to twins. When I last saw her, the girls were toddlers. As we hugged and swore that neither of us had changed, I asked about her daughters. Imagine my surprise when she pointed to the lovely young woman next to her and said, “Here’s one of them right here!” (Below: My friend is at left, and her all grown-up daughter on the right.)
The shock of seeing adult children and gray hairs left me wondering: Aren’t there any fun ways to note the passage of time?
Retread Styles: Live long enough and you’ll see clothes and shoes from your past back on the runway. Of course, if you saved platforms from the 70’s or peplum jackets from the 80’s, their upgrades are subtly different. When they’re yours, old clothes aren’t vintage; they’re just old. Even so, it’s gigglelicious to watch younger women pine for items you drooled over years before.
Class Reunions: No matter how frustrated we are with our own changing appearance, you’re guaranteed to find someone from your high school to make you feel like a beauty queen. The arrival of the hunky ex-quarterback who’s lost his hair and gained a potbelly will surely do the trick.
Drinking In Front of Your Parents: It’s a special day the first time you knock back a shot of your dad’s vodka within his line of vision. I don’t know that some level of delight ever goes away.
Movie Remakes: Russell Brand as Arthur. An un-scary version of The Omen. And slated for Christmas 2013, Carrie Underwood as Maria in The Sound of Music. Bad remakes don’t just make you laugh; you get to brag about knowing the reasons why.
What can you add to this list?