It was a Walgreen’s commercial. I think it was for inexpensive prescriptions for Medicare patients or something. There were two old broads, laughing, picking up meds, who were going to their (I assume) high school reunion.
Wake Up Vibe #1: Their reunion was for the year 1966. That is only 4 years before mine.
Wake Up Vibe #2: They had big purple streaks in their snow white hair.
Wake Up Vibe #3: I liked the hair.
Let’s face it. I am not one of those old women with white hair and creaky bones who are the face of Baby Boomers. I am an old woman with red hair and creaky bones who is the face of Baby Boomers. I hate hate HATE the idea of getting older. Period. I am not greeting old age with open arms; I am not going into that dark night quietly. I am the young creature who dances to Motley Crue and follows fashion and dreams of a career where I can be myself and who is never going to move on.
I am also the old creature who moves my body to Motley Crue and makes up fashion and finds time to dabble in a career where I can be myself and is moving on as slow as possible.
Why does this glimpse on TV rattle my chakras?
Maybe it’s because the comely Boomers are still a size 6. I haven’t been a size 6 since 6th grade. Maybe it’s because the two women together have this invisible, indivisible, bond that probably has lasted since 1st grade. My bestie moved half way across the U.S. six months ago and there’s no one to pal around to the pharmacy with.
I think the biggest rattle is because the women pass off graduating in 1966 just like they passed off going to Applebees for lunch last week. Like it was nothing.
There is no way in hell I graduated from high school 50 years ago.
Do you know the changes that can take place in 50 years?
We had typewriters with correcting tape, microfiche films, princess phones, computers the size of a room, and no seatbelts. We launched Star Trek, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Brezchnev, Johnson, and DeGaulle.
I don’t want this to turn into a walk down memory lane — what we had v.s. what we have now. The point is much simpler than that.
There is no way I graduated from high school 46 years ago. I’m still acting like a teenager NOW, despite grandkids, mortgages, jobs, bankruptcy, and cancer. I still love the Beatles and the Monkees and have a fond recollection of 8-tracks.
Today’s 20-40ish crowd is no different than when I was 20-40-ish. I was too busy changing jobs and raising kids and finding a second job to worry about purple hair streaks. But now I’m starting think — if not now, when?
Young readers, do you waste time thinking about getting older? About what used to be? Do you have the “good ‘ol days”? I’d love to hear your stories. That way I won’t get so worked up over a silly TV commercial.
After all, who knows what will happen at YOUR 50th high school reunion…in 2056….