It's a Sunday evening and I'm folding laundry as 60 minutes comes on tv, and as I listen to the stories presented for the evenings show I am highly interested, even though they are topics some would find horribly boring: politics, war, Haiti, and such. So I rush to get the socks to sort while I watch, and it occurs to me... I HAVE BECOME MY PARENTS!
Not in any negative sense of the word. Let me explain. Growing up as a child there were certain things that made me vocalize my, then teenage, outspoken opinion: Country Music (the old "twangy" kind), News programs... on the radio or on tv, going to bed BEFORE TEN??? These are just a few examples, but they make my point.
I now listen to that twangy country stuff... the new Taylor Swift is good, but just doesn't hold a candle to some good old Eddy Arnold, Hank Snow, or Charlie Pride, although my husband doesn't agree with me.
News programs are now my FAVORITES to watch (right after Law & Order), and they are set on auto-record on my dvr. Favorite radio station to listen to? NPR. Yes, the same NPR that used to have me MOANING in the back seat of dad's truck, praying he would accidently switch the channel to something "teenage" worthy.
Bedtime? 9:30-10. Yeah, I must be getting old. My kids don't pull any punches on letting me know it either. But when LIFE happens before 7am, early bedtime is a requirement.
So it just leaves me wondering... WHEN exactly is it that we turn into our parents? Is it a conscious choice or is it just the reality of realizing we are getting older, and therefore long for reminders of earlier times? Whatever it is... I can't say I mind much.