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Old 08-05-2018, 09:40 AM
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I used to make fun of people who.... and now I am one

When I was younger, I'd drive down the street and see some old lady putting out the trash or raking leaves in an tacky housedress or baggy pants, mismatched socks, scarf on her head, and say to myself, "Geez, doesn't she realize what she looks like?" Sometimes I'd just feel sorry for the old bird, figuring no one ever sees her anyway...

Today I became her.

Just took the big recycle can out to the curb wearing a baggy housedress and woolly Alpine-patterned knee socks (hey, my feet get cold, even in the summertime), and crocs. A car drove by as I was doing it and I had this weird flashback/then & now sensation.

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Old 08-05-2018, 10:04 AM
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(hey, my feet get cold, even in the summertime)
This reminds me of an instance. When I was young I used to make fun of my mother for sleeping with her bare feet sticking out from under the covers. Now I do it too, summer and winter, as do at least two of my siblings. It seems that as we age in this family, our feet get hot.

I used to make fun of my father for loading the trash (just one or two bags) into the car and driving it 200 feet to the end of the driveway instead of just carrying it. Now I live approximately the same distance from the road and do the same thing about half the time.
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Old 08-05-2018, 10:04 AM
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My mother never knew the names of the latest bands and songs and who was in which group and who sang what and I remember thinking "I'll always know what's climbing up Billboard!"

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Old 08-05-2018, 10:14 AM
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Old 08-05-2018, 10:25 AM
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Hmm - this isn't even that recent. Dropping the boy off on his first day at uni, trailing up the stairs of a student accommodation block with boxes, looking at all the other parents doing the same and thinking: Look at that fat old bald guy..........oh Jesus......

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I used to rag my MIL about worrying constantly about her adult children (Mr.Wrekker, included). I tried to tell her she didn't have to worry anymore, they were raised and her job was finished. Now I am that Mom. It doesn't feel nice for people to tell me to quit worrying. But, they do. I reply: "Just because they grew up doesn't mean I am not their Mother".

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Old 08-05-2018, 10:48 AM
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Old 08-05-2018, 10:55 AM
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Growing up, I also thought people who didn't go out and party at the bars were anti-social losers.

Now, nearing my 30s, I wince at people suggesting going out to bars. Nothing brings me more joy than spending a night in at home, playing on the computer, watching TV or reading a book.
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Old 08-05-2018, 12:43 PM
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Old 08-05-2018, 01:11 PM
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Old 08-05-2018, 01:31 PM
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When my dad would have to brake unexpectedly when I was in the front passenger seat, he would throw his hand in front of my body even though I had my seat belt on, which I thought was unnecessary, useless, and slightly condescending, but when my much-younger sister was riding in my front passenger seat and I had to brake, my arm flew out in front of her too.
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Old 08-05-2018, 02:34 PM
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When my dad would have to brake unexpectedly when I was in the front passenger seat, he would throw his hand in front of my body even though I had my seat belt on, which I thought was unnecessary, useless, and slightly condescending, but when my much-younger sister was riding in my front passenger seat and I had to brake, my arm flew out in front of her too.
I had a girlfriend who used to do this. Her concern was touching, but what worried me was that this appeared to be her first reaction to an unforseen hazard, preceding braking or steering.
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Old 08-05-2018, 03:47 PM
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When my dad would have to brake unexpectedly when I was in the front passenger seat, he would throw his hand in front of my body even though I had my seat belt on, which I thought was unnecessary, useless, and slightly condescending, but when my much-younger sister was riding in my front passenger seat and I had to brake, my arm flew out in front of her too.
I was doing this to my new co-driver on a dirt road rally. She was laughing about it afterwords when another racer spoke up and asked "Don't you know what she is doing?" My co-driver gave her a puzzled look. Racer says, "She's keeping the groceries from sliding off the seat." OMG, she was 100% right.
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Old 08-05-2018, 04:39 PM
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Old 08-05-2018, 04:42 PM
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Old 08-05-2018, 05:10 PM
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I used to think my grandparents were the most boring people on earth because every time I was at their house, they had a CBC on, listening to some boring person talk about something boring. Now I love the CBC and especially love the long, boring things they talk about.
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Buying cars that are more practical than cool was something I used to make fun of. Not any more.

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Old 08-05-2018, 06:38 PM
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When my dad would have to brake unexpectedly when I was in the front passenger seat, he would throw his hand in front of my body even though I had my seat belt on, which I thought was unnecessary, useless, and slightly condescending, but when my much-younger sister was riding in my front passenger seat and I had to brake, my arm flew out in front of her too.
My mom would toss her hand in front of me when braking. This was pre-seat belt days.

Almost fractured my ribs!
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Old 08-05-2018, 09:33 PM
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Recently I was driving with my son, who is a Master Sargent in the Air Force, FFS, and I threw my arm over him when I had to brake hard. He said "did you just Mom-arm me? And he laughed. A lot.

The one that gets me is that I have reached a point with my grandchildren where I have to ask for exact instructions on what they want for gifts or I will buy the wrong thing. It's past the point of a doll, some Legos or a red wagon. I have resorted to cash, now, and let them buy what they want.
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Old 08-05-2018, 09:42 PM
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Old 08-05-2018, 09:51 PM
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Old 08-06-2018, 05:51 AM
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I refuse to end up like my parents, sitting at home watching "Murder She Wrote" instead of going out and having a good time.

We're different, and are sitting at home binge-watching "Father Brown" on Netflix.


For those unfamiliar -- both series are about an amateur sleuth in a small town, annoying the police but always solving the crime. And given the number of seasons (and murders) of each series, both feature towns which must have a murder rate exceeding any city in (probably) the world.

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Old 08-06-2018, 07:05 AM
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My mom would toss her hand in front of me when braking. This was pre-seat belt days.

Almost fractured my ribs!
How old are you? The first US patent for seat belts was applied for in 1885. Seat belts were standard on some cars by 1958. PSAs urging everyone to use seatbelts were shown on television no later than 1964, possibly earlier.
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How old are you? The first US patent for seat belts was applied for in 1885. Seat belts were standard on some cars by 1958. PSAs urging everyone to use seatbelts were shown on television no later than 1964, possibly earlier.
I'm guessing the reference is to the days before seat belt laws existed. When I took driver's ed in 1971, we had to buckle up while learning, but afterwards, no one cared if you belted yourself or not. I always did, but my dad didn't till it became the law.

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Old 08-06-2018, 07:47 AM
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I refuse to end up like my parents, sitting at home watching "Murder She Wrote" instead of going out and having a good time.

We're different, and are sitting at home binge-watching "Father Brown" on Netflix.


For those unfamiliar -- both series are about an amateur sleuth in a small town, annoying the police but always solving the crime. And given the number of seasons (and murders) of each series, both feature towns which must have a murder rate exceeding any city in (probably) the world.
I've often said that Cabot Cove, Maine, has the highest per capita murder rate in the world. Possibly surpassed by Kembleford, UK.

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How old are you? The first US patent for seat belts was applied for in 1885. Seat belts were standard on some cars by 1958. PSAs urging everyone to use seatbelts were shown on television no later than 1964, possibly earlier.
It was a long while after seatbelts became mandatory before people (including myself) actually started buckling up every single time. Especially back in the day of bench seats where you wanted to snuggle up to the driver. You didn't want to buckle yourself in waaaay over by the other door. (Yeah, there was probably a seatbelt in the middle of the front seat. Just sayin'.) Now, I fasten my seatbelt if I'm moving my car up the driveway.
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Old 08-06-2018, 08:32 AM
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Old 08-06-2018, 08:47 AM
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I watch murder mysteries and period dramas. I used to haaaaaate those when my parents watched them. I remember even saying something insulting about them to my Mother as she watched, which I now regret because it was so completely rude.

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I've often said that Cabot Cove, Maine, has the highest per capita murder rate in the world. Possibly surpassed by Kembleford, UK.

It was a long while after seatbelts became mandatory before people (including myself) actually started buckling up every single time. Especially back in the day of bench seats where you wanted to snuggle up to the driver. You didn't want to buckle yourself in waaaay over by the other door. (Yeah, there was probably a seatbelt in the middle of the front seat. Just sayin'.) Now, I fasten my seatbelt if I'm moving my car up the driveway.
I was born in 1960. Seatbelts weren't required by law, but they were required by my parents and many of my friends' parents. The "buckle up for safety" ads were a staple of my childhood. I took drivers' ed in 1975, and we were required to strap in before driving. For the final driving exam we weren't reminded to put them on, but we lost enough points if we didn't that we would be unlikely to pass.

My dad always laughs when he hears people say "we never wore seatbelts and we all grew up fine", because he remembers that people, especially children, got killed or seriously injured all the time in relatively minor accidents.

The first US laws requiring seatbelt use were in 1984, but Victoria Australia started mandating 3 point seatbelt use in 1970, followed by New South Wales in 1971 and the rest of Australia, New Zealand & West Germany in 1972.

I knew plenty of people who stubbornly refused to wear seatbelts long after the laws were passed (still do, for that matter), but I also knew plenty who religiously wore them long before they were mandated.
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Whenever I watched TV with my mom she’d spend the whole show saying “who’s that actresses? Wasn’t she in [some obscure tv show]. And him- he was in that movie we liked” etc. I’d be exasperated with her the whole time

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Whenever I watched TV with my mom she’d spend the whole show saying “who’s that actresses? Wasn’t she in [some obscure tv show]. And him- he was in that movie we liked” etc. I’d be exasperated with her the whole time

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Not really!

At least with mom if we couldn’t recall the movie or show, the conversation ended there. Now we can debate, pull out our phones and go to IMDB, read their filmography, discuss every movie they’ve done that we liked/disliked/never saw etc. All while “watching” a show together.
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How old are you? The first US patent for seat belts was applied for in 1885. Seat belts were standard on some cars by 1958. PSAs urging everyone to use seatbelts were shown on television no later than 1964, possibly earlier.
Obviously pretty old. While seat belts may have been standard on some cars by 1958, my family weren't buying new cars off the show room floor.

So, we continued driving around in the pre 1958 beaters.
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I'm a reformed running snob. In that, if someone was ambulating for exercise and wasn't running, I assumed they weren't working as hard as I was. Because I was a runner, dammit. And I'd run 3 marathons and that was somehow better. Fast forward to age 42. If I get out for a 30 minute walk I feel awesome about myself.

I used to roll my eyes when my mom would tell me, "Overly, I'm done making decisions for the day. Please, go find something to do that doesn't involve me doing something or telling you what you can or can't do." Now I have my own kids and holy crap can they talk. And talk. And talk. And ask so many damn questions that equate to me having to do something or plan something I just can't sometimes. So sometimes I find myself saying, "Babes, let's take a breath and let me just be, ok?"

I also used to think that getting fat was some type of moral failure. I didn't make fun of fat people (that would make me an overt asshole, not just a closet asshole), but I did think that fat people just crammed cheeseburgers down their throats until they were ready to explode. Then I had children. And stopped running marathons because that hurt when I was pregnant. I wouldn't classify myself as morbidly obese, but I could stand to lose a good 40 pounds. It just crept up on me. Five pounds here. Seven pounds there. Oh, just a little baby weight. That'll come right off. Ahem. And weight loss after kids is hard as hell - it takes constant vigilance, endless patience and a hell of a lot more self compassion than I had before. And it doesn't help that you have to do it for the right reasons. At 42 I'm not so much worried about looking good in my mom swimsuit; not dying early and not feeling like shit are far better motivators now.
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I'm sort of a reverse in that I judge joggers more harshly if they are going faster than me since I'm thinking they probably aren't going as far as me, whereas I'll respect people who are just shuffling along, assuming that they are also running a long distance. I don't judge all-out sprinters or walkers at all though
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As a teen in the eighties, I got mad at my grandma one time for "pretending" she didn't know who Madonna was.

Now I'm 48, and have only the vaguest idea who Beyonce is. I'm sure there are some other famous musicians and I don't know who they are either.

Demi Lovato? She took some drugs, right?
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I found my first grey hair when I was 27.

Now I'm the older woman with her (hopefully not too bright) obvious dye job. If you're lucky, you'll catch me wearing a slash of too-red lipstick to complete the Mutton-Trying-To-Pass-For-Lamb look, and you can quietly tsk-tsk-tsk-how-sad under your breath.
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All while “watching” a show together.
I usually save the discussions until after the movie ended. Nothing worse than talking during a movie!


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Now I'm 48, and have only the vaguest idea who Beyonce is.
She's released some interesting music but nothing to write home about. Many people, including young adults, worship her. I would be interested in seeing her live. From watching YouTube videos of her performances, she puts on a hell of a show.

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Resident young person here: Yes, she overdosed on drugs and had to be hospitalized. She is fine now.
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