Army of Mom

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1.18.2006

How I know I'm getting older

Little things have been hitting me lately in regard to getting older. I'm starting to come to grips with it, but it is a big reality check because emotionally, I still feel like I'm 19. Physically is another issue altogether.

Started thinking to myself about all the little things that point to the fact that I'm getting older, not old you notice, but simply older.

1. The Chuck E. Cheese gang is singing hits from my era, i.e. Lady by the Commodores and What I Like About You by the Romantics (a band which my friend and I worked hard to get back stage to see when we were 14).
2. My first car is now a classic car and it wasn't that old back then.
3. Sagging attributes.
4. Grey hairs.
5. One of my favorite bands has songs in my children's movies (Aerosmith is in Polar Express and Rugrats Gone Wild).
6. Disney is remaking movies from my childhood and my children have no clues that their remakes, i.e. Herbie. I'm waiting for a remake of Benji any day now.
7. I listen to the oldies stations and classic rock and know all the words from my youth.
8. I have to get 8 or 9 hours of sleep or I'm zoned out all day.
9. NFL players are younger than me.
10. So are some of my doctors and I want to call the doctors Doogie Houser.
11. I have dishes older than the girls in Playboy.
12. Friends I went to school with have children in high school and some have grandchildren.
13. I have started thinking my mom and dad were right about some of their parenting skills.
14. I look at trendy fashions and think about how trashy they look and how MY children won't dress like that.
15. I now think the goth look is stupid. So, is putting wild colors in your hair. (I had pink hair in high school, not all of it, but some of it.)
16. I look at cheerleaders and remember when I used to look like that before children.
17. Knowing my 20th high school reunion is next year and helping plan it.
18. I spend more money on Darth Vader light-up sneakers, tennis lessons, t-ball and backpacks than I do on make-up, sexy clothes and shoes for me.
19. I get a headache when I try to read Teen magazine at the salon.
20. I say things like 'I weep for our future' like the dorky maitre'd in Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
21. I saw Ferris Bueller's Day Off when it first came out.
22. I saw Star Wars - the original three - at the movies.
23. I don't get the new Star Wars movies very much.
24. Instead of talking about getting our nails done, my friends now talk about the "work" we're getting done.
25. The attention I get at LaBare isn't for being a little hottie, but for the stack of $1s we put on the table.
26. I get Fried Green Tomatoes now.
27. I don't want to see horror movies any more.
28. I remember the REAL Batman.
29. I remember getting my first record player and album, my first cassette player and cassette and my first CD player and CD.
30. When I was little, we only had three major networks and a few other channels that played Brady Bunch and western reruns and I loved those shows.
31. I miss Mtv in its original state.
32. Sigmund and the Sea Monsters.
33. I made it through college witout a computer.
34. I was a reporter before we had the Internet and I had to work harder for stories.
35. I look for bras with good support now instead of how sexy they are.
36. I worry more about my floors and my fence than my wardrobe choices.
37. My age matches this number.

15 Comments:

  • At 9:49 AM, January 18, 2006, Blogger Gadfly said…

    Don't even talk to me.

     
  • At 10:02 AM, January 18, 2006, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    Ha. You remember all of this and more, I'm sure.

     
  • At 10:12 AM, January 18, 2006, Anonymous Army of Dad said…

    Who or what is Sigmund and the Sea Monsters?

     
  • At 10:22 AM, January 18, 2006, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    I figured my sweet young husband would wonder about at least a few of these. It was a Sid and Marty Krofft creation and was a live action cartoon-like show I watched as a kid. You can actually buy the show and read a synopsis if you'd like:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1566056004/104-1736374-3507969?v=glance&n=130

     
  • At 11:59 AM, January 18, 2006, Blogger Gadfly said…

    When I was like six, H.R. Puffinstuff came on. That was the first entry of acid heads into children's programming.

     
  • At 12:18 PM, January 18, 2006, Anonymous KR said…

    number12
    ....grandchildren...thanks for the reminder :-(

     
  • At 5:38 PM, January 18, 2006, Anonymous M.O.T said…

    I remember all THOSE ;( MOT

     
  • At 7:53 PM, January 18, 2006, Blogger MorningGlory said…

    Hah! Your first CD player? I remember my first 8-track player (I was in High School at the time).

    And my 30-year high school reunion is this fall.

    I got through college without a calculator, let alone a computer.

    My "baby" just joined the Army.

    I'm too old to have watched Sesame Street ... in my day, it was the Mickey Mouse Club (in B&W) and Romper Room (ditto).

    And ... I'm only 10 years older than you!

    MG

     
  • At 9:39 PM, January 18, 2006, Anonymous Lab Kat said…

    Christ.... remember when "Speed Racer" was the height of anime? And, that we called it Japanimation?

     
  • At 11:19 PM, January 18, 2006, Blogger MrsDoF said…

    I was on Romper Room at age 4. I can still remember how hot it was, because of all the bright lights. I tripped over an electric cable that had to be 6 inches in diameter to carry the power to those lights.

    You're not old in attitude. That's what counts most.

     
  • At 8:46 AM, January 19, 2006, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    HR Pufnstuff rocked almost as much as Land of the Lost.

    KR - I was thinking of you when I made the grandchildren comment!!!

    Ladies, I used to watch Romper Room and Speed Racer, too. I watched Sesame Street, too. It was born a little after me, I think. Jim Henson is one of my heroes in life.

     
  • At 9:43 AM, January 19, 2006, Anonymous kr said…

    I'm probably the only one out there from our class with a grandchild !!

    Hey...what about that show ZOOM ...remember that one?

     
  • At 5:57 PM, January 19, 2006, Blogger Uzz said…

    You missed one...the fact that our son SHOWERS now! The kid no longer plays in the bath...he is getting too big!

    I watched Speed Racer when I was like 6 or 7 and I am now 39 (debuted in 1967)!!! As for the crazy old shows...yes...I loved HR Puffinstuff! I also watched Zoom! For our local central Texas peeps, there was Slam Bang Theater that was on Channel 11 long before it became the CBS affiliate. Other shows I loved...Emergency, Adam 12, Happy Days and Land of the Lost...(Chaka)

    When I got older it was all about the Midnight Special, Don Kirshner's Rock Concert, Solid Gold and something like "Nightflight" or Night-something.

     
  • At 11:12 PM, January 19, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

  • At 12:21 AM, January 20, 2006, Blogger Gadfly said…

    Speed Racer

    Trixi!

    Whoaaaah!

    *theatrical bow*

     

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