Can you remember high school like it was yesterday even though it was clearly not yesterday? All the drama and the hijinks…all the anticipation and the angst…all the promise of an unfettered future without parents always nagging you and ruining your life…can you recall it? I can.
The time between then and now has passed so quickly it seems. Even as I know intellectually that 30+ years cannot pass in the blink of an eye it seems like it has when I reflect upon how I went from being a young dreamer to a part of the machine. Recently I ran across a quotation attributed to Kurt Vonnegut that caused me to reflect upon my old high school friends.
Oh, my. Well, the good news – I don’t think it is my actual high school class that is running the country. I think a HALLELUJAH! is appropriately uttered here. However, it is my generation, those who were in high school when I was, that are now in positions to run the country. Remember, we are talking about the tail end of the baby boomer cohort, kids who had their formative years in the 60s and 70s. I repeat – oh my.
That is a sobering thought – the class of 1977 running the country. Well America I can offer you at least one assurance, the most terrifying member of the class of 1977 will not be running the country. Yes, I am talking about me. We can all thank goodness that I am too busy discovering the new forty to pursue such grand endeavors. At least there is that Kurt Vonnegut. Although, I suspect that had I pursued such an endeavor (and were you still alive) you might have very well offered to support my efforts…what a pairing that would have been…talk about terror.
Nine hundred and seventy-one of the new forty – obla di obla da