12.12.2006

am i gen x?

hey melissa!
i dont know. sometimes i think it is strange to be the mother of three when i feel like i am only 24 or something. does that feeling ever slap you full in the face? it did me the other day, as i was bending down to give collette some cough medicine. i suddenly thought, this is my daughter. this is my daughter, i am responsible for her in every way. i knew this already of course, it just slapped me in the face at that moment. holy cow. how can i feel so young and so old at the exact same moment? who knows. i think tonight will hold another one of those strange moments. you see we are double booked, eliots christmas program at school at 630 and an imogen heap concert at 9 in lawrence. so basically we will sit in a church and video tape our son with hundreds of other parents in the early evening, race home, put the kids to bed, hop in the car and drive to lawrence to stay out waaaay late at a concert rocking our brains out. well maybe not, i myself will probably be covering up a yawn or two. but hey, a day in the life of a gen x'er parent i guess...

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

ah you make me smile. been there so many times! rock on! xo

12:18 PM  
Anonymous sally said...

Hey cutie. I was just telling my best friend the other day, "Shoot me if I'm still watching MTV when I'm 40." Ha ha. And I'm stuck at 27 for some reason...newly married, no kiddos. Sometimes when Big J calls me "Mommy", I think, wha? who is he talking to?"

12:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you got tickets to imogen? when did that happen? yea for you! we'll see you there.

12:48 PM  
Anonymous stephanie said...

actually i think you're too young to be gen x...

i have these feelings all the time...especially when i look at mia...have i really been responsible for her for seven years? wow.

i'm nearly 37, but don't really know how old i feel...not too old to go see imogen heap, that's for sure! have a great time.

1:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am so with you on this one. occasionally i look at my husband and say "we have a kid" as if he didn't know. we have a KID. and another one in the oven. weird. when did we grow up?
i am green green green about the imogen show. she was just in my neck of the woods the other day and i wanted so badly to go but i have a kid, as you now know. still haven't hired a sitter. not once in his fourteen months. uh-oh, i feel a blog post coming on...

2:27 PM  
Anonymous amy h said...

I feel like this pretty frequently. It makes me wonder if any parent really feels like their pre-child idea of a parent.

Have fun at the concert. I used to think that electronic music wouldn't make for a very good concert, but a couple of my favorite concerts have been of that sort (Air, Moby). I hope it's a good show!

2:31 PM  
Anonymous leslie said...

we must all be alike......so many times my hubby and i have said...who do these little people belong to? we are way to young!:) by now you must be on your way out for the night.......have a great time with imogen!

3:12 PM  
Blogger Molly said...

No kids yet, but still, I know what you mean. Sometimes I look at Brandon and think, "Holy CRAP, man. We're not old enough to get married!" When he proposed, I actually said, "Are you CRAZY?" - not because I didn't think we were right together, but because it didn't feel like we were old enough somehow.

I was just talking with one of my brothers the other day, and he told me that he feels like he is stuck at 35, even though he's about to be 43. I'm not sure what age I'm stuck at. 28 doesn't feel entirely wrong, but somehow I don't see myself "aging" much past here...

3:41 PM  
Anonymous melissa f. said...

the other day tracy said (in reference to you and david) "they're young and beautiful..." see there? young. and apparently (formerly) very fertile :) but still young. and we totally talk about you all the time.

6:50 PM  
Anonymous blair said...

your pic is making me smile H. I feel this way all the time lately. Time passes at such a weird speed once kids enter your life, slow and fast. Just yesterday I was like "when did I turn 40? and is it wrong not to feel like 40? cause that was basically the end of existence when I was looking at it from 20".

Enjoy the concert. Peter went to KU and speaks so fondly of Lawrence. I have a soft spot for that place.

Oh, and Truffles? If they are successful, I'll post them. If not, they'll quietly end up in the trash.

8:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

in response to melissa comment - know it is all good! oh so good!! xo

11:24 AM  
Anonymous Manda said...

I had one of those exact moments today too. Bella looked up at me, took my hand and said "mom?" and it just knocked me sideways. She's my daughter forgoodness sake. I am amazed that I'm a mother and I'm amazed that I feel like such a mother. Oh and I'm also amazed that I'm 36. I have no idea how or when that happened.
Great photo!

1:58 PM  
Anonymous abby said...

he he he
I totally feel the other way around sometimes! James and I recently went to a (yo la tengo)concert and came home early-we were so tired. I looked at him and he said-"it's official, we're middle aged".
Um-we are only 24-how sad is that!
i hope that was just a fleeting moment...
i bet you guys are the coolest parents!

10:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel this way and I don't even have kids of my own! You look like you might be one of the cool parents!!

8:05 AM  

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