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Thursday, October 24, 2019
OMG I Remember…
OMG I Remember…
When I was a wee lad, I always hated it when some old friend or relative that I had not seen in years would say,
“Is this Jody? (it was Joe by then, but I let it slide with old folks) It can’t be, I remember you when you were no higher than my knee!”
I would think to myself,
“What you’re surprised that I’m bigger at 13 than I was at 2? What did you expect?”
One time I met an old favorite Aunt of my Mom’s who I did not remember.
“Oh, this can’t be Jody; I remember when (holding her hand to her waist) you were only this tall.”
I could not resist responding to this under 5 foot lady,
“That’s funny, I remember when (holding my hand way above my head) you were this big!”
Why do old people do this? Why are we shocked that people change?
I have often stopped myself from commenting on Facebook to old friends of my children,
“OMG Frankie, you’re a doctor? I remember when you were a snot nosed kid!”
“Danny, you’re a cop? No way, I remember when you egg bombed my house.”
It’s easy to stop such stupid comments on Facebook, but in person it is difficult to bite your tongue and not advise someone that they used to be different thirty years ago.
Apparently it is natural to remember a person from the last time you saw them and be surprised that they have changed when you meet years later.
The funny thing is that appearance changes, but your impression of a person does not.
If Frankie was a little prick when he was ten, you still think of him as a little prick 30 years later when he is now a respected doctor.
I see pictures of women I knew in High School who have aged and put on a few pounds. If I had not known them back when they were little hotties in high school I would not give them a second glance, now I think,
“OMG, that’s Shelly Newman? She used to be so cute”
…and yet the older version still makes my heart do a double thump.
Perhaps this phenomenon is one of the benefits of aging.