How and When Did This Happen?

Life can pass us by in the blink of an eye.

When did Friday night turn from a going night out to "I can't wait to get home and take a nap?"  When did all the writing on food packages, the newspapers, and all other items that I need to read become so small that I now need reading glasses?

How is it that when I look in the mirror I see my mom?  When did going to the local mall become a chore instead of a fun place to hang out?  When did the teachers, the doctors, and everyone else I deal with become younger than I. 

Why is it when I watch the Oscars and the Grammies I do not even know any of the people who were nominated.  How is it possible that I have been out of high school for more than 30 years?

When was it that I started remembering the good old times?  How is it possible that I did not put enough aside for my retirement?

When did the movies that I watched when they first came out have now become the movies that my children think of as "classic" movies?  When did the actors and actresses that I watched on television shows like "The Brady Bunch" start doing commercials for fixodent and reverse mortgages?

How is it possible that I have children in their twenties?  Wasn't I just planning their birthday parties, sleepovers, and helping them with their homework.

Where, how, when, and why, and what changed?  I still feel young, but something is different now. 

Reading glasses, retirement community researching, not quiet understanding "What's Wrong With These Kids Today." were what my parents were talking about only a short time ago. 

How did I get to the same age as "The Golden Girls."  Why is it that the "Fonz" has gray hair now?  What happened to "Laverne and Shirley?" 

When did my generation's clothing become vintage?  When did I realize I should have spent more time with my parents and grandparents?  I should have listened to their stories, took their advice, and held on to the short time we had to spend together.

My past has caught up to my future.  My tomorrows are sweet memories that I treasure today. 

To our youth:  Treasure each and every moment.  Your dreams, your thoughts, your mistakes, your doubts, your music, your clothing and all that you are. Live in the moment and enjoy yourselves. One day you will look back like me and regret that you had not enjoyed your precious moments more.

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