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As Time Goes By

Time is so elusive! It's hard to believe it's already April, and one-fourth of 2012 is gone, never to return. Recently our family celebrated the one year anniversary of a very big day — the wedding of Nora and Topher and the birth of Ryan. If you weren't following my blog then, you can read about the day in this post from last April.

Regarding the passage of time, it's even more amazing how different life is today from how it was in my youth, back in the last millennium. I must carefully consider stories I tell my classes since the frame of reference of my students is different from mine. Today's iv is a fun look at some of those changes. Some of you younger readers may have to ask an older person to explain some of this humor to you, while others won't.

I'll start off with a cartoon.

What a difference a few years makes!

Then: Long hair
Now: Longing for hair

Then: Moving to California because it's cool
Now: Moving to California because it's warm

Then: Trying to look like Marlon Brando or Liz Taylor
Now: Trying NOT to look like Marlon Brando or Liz Taylor

Then: Hoping for a BMW
Now: Hoping for a BM

Then: Doctor, Mrs. Jones called and needs you to make a house call.
Now: Doctor, Mrs. Jones called and wants to know if you'll make a house call ... whatever that is.

Then: Going to a new, hip joint
Now: Getting a new hip joint

Then: Rolling Stones
Now: Kidney Stones

Then: Being called to the principal's office
Now: Calling the principal's office

Then: Disco
Now: Costco

Then: Paar

Then: Peace sign
Now: Mercedes logo

Then: Parents begging you to get your hair cut
Now: Children begging you to get their heads shaved

Then: Passing the drivers' test
Now: Passing the vision test

Then: Whatever
Now: Depends


As other things change with the passage of time, so does the wisdom that parents impart to their children. Here are some modern takes on old standards:

Then: No TV until your homework is finished.
Now: No Web surfing until your homework is finished.

Then: That phone is going to become attached to your ear.
Now: If you can't reach me at the office, try the gym. Or there's always my cellphone.

Then: Eat everything on your plate.
Now: Watch your fat intake. There's heart disease in our family.

Then: I worked my fingers to the bone for you.
Now: I worked my bones into carpal tunnel syndrome for you.

Then: Do you think I'm made of money?
Now: Do you think I'm made of money?


Just to illustrate how different things are for my freshman students this year, here are some of my favorites from this year's Beloit College Class of 2015 mindset list. Now it's time for some of my older readers to scratch their heads.

States and Velcro parents have always been requiring that they wear their bike helmets.

The only significant labor disputes in their lifetimes have been in major league sports.

There have nearly always been at least two women on the Supreme Court, and women have always commanded U.S. Navy ships.

They "swipe" cards, not merchandise.

Amazon has never been just a river in South America.

All their lives, Whitney Houston has always been declaring "I Will Always Love You."

O.J. Simpson has always been looking for the killers of Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

Life has always been like a box of chocolates.

The Communist Party has never been the official political party in Russia.

Unlike their older siblings, they spent bedtime on their backs until they learned to roll over.

Music has always been available via free downloads.

Grown-ups have always been arguing about health care policy.

They’re the first generation to grow up hearing about the dangerous overuse of antibiotics.

They’ve often broken up with their significant others via texting, Facebook, or MySpace.

When they were 3, their parents may have battled other parents in toy stores to buy them a Tickle Me Elmo while they lasted.

"PC" has come to mean Personal Computer, not Political Correctness.


Not only have the things above changed, but I also have changed. In many ways, I am a very different person from what I was in my youth. And I wouldn't want to go back! How about you?


"Don't let the kindness of God lead you to sin more. Let the kindness of God lead you to repentance." – Ben Fetterolf

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Don’t let aging get you down. It’s too hard to get back up.

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1 Comment on “As Time Goes By”

  1. #1 Emily
    on Apr 6th, 2012 at 9:21 am

    My age group puts me right in the middle of this spectrum. I’m not quite looking into new hips yet, but I certainly remember a time before Amazon.com. 😀 I was just old enough be aware the Simpson trial was happening, but not to understand the significance fully. But your last remark really struck me. When I remember times from my past, I can really see how the Lord has worked in my life to grow me. I wouldn’t want to go back either! 🙂 As my grandfather used to put it: These are the “good old days.”