Marilyn Suzanne Miller describes youth in her book How to be a Middle-Aged Babe like this:
“Youth is now a teeny, tiny, hard-to-locate segment of time between “Baby” and “Other”.
She even has a diagram to explain the trend.
Later she goes on to say,
“Youth, then, once ballyhooed as the epicenter of fun, hot dogs, hot sex and marvelous dope-smoking good times, is now defined as follows: that period before death, characterized by smooth skin and ill-formed ideas. And indeed, as anyone can see by talking to a typical, deeply annoyed thirteen-year old, from twenty-one on, we’re all middle-aged.”
Marilyn may have something on the thirteen-year old thought, but maybe she’s only been exposed to those teens who have not been brainwashed properly. Take for example, my situation. My almost twelve-year old granddaughter comments anytime the middle or older age subject comes up, “Nana, how often do I have to tell you, you’re never going to be old?”
Well duh…every day works for me. I spent a lot of years programming that idea into her head and now intend to reap the full benefits. Of course, she’s not thirteen yet, so check back with me in another year. We’ll see if the brainwashing was complete.
Until next week….