One of the songs playing over the Muzak system this morning at Mr. Burger was the Who’s “My Generation,” perhaps the most famous line of which is this:
“I hope I die before I get old.”
When I heard that lyric, I took stock of my fellow diners; a sea of white heads, belonging to people who were easily in their 70s, all kvetching over cups of steaming coffee.
I couldn’t help but chuckle.
Did they see the irony? I thought. I doubt it. Otherwise…
Otherwise, what? What can one do about growing old?
Nothing. It is inevitable. I’m not the person I was when the Who’s song was released on November 5, 1965 — nearly 48 years ago to the day.
I was five years old. And very likely peeing my pants from fear because I had to walk to the elementary school about a mile away from where we lived.
Always a momentus time in the life of a young lad. But for me it was a huge deal, indeed. I was petrified.
Fast forward nearly half a century. Here I sit. It’s November 1, 2013. I’m no longer petrified. And definitely not peeing my pants. But there is a mug of steaming coffee in front of me. And I suppose Continue reading