All You Do Is Blink

No Telling

Nothing makes you feel older and younger like standing in front of teenagers all day. I teach in the very high school I graduated from thirty years ago, and while the physical building has changed very little, I am reminded every minute that everything else has changed a great deal.

It seems like just weeks ago I was stomping the halls of this high school in platform shoes and bell bottoms, peasant blouse flapping.

At the same time, the wild-eyed possibility of these teenagers is catching. Makes me feel like the world is round again, that the orbits are infinite and the end is not near. That’s a lovely bonus.

The mad pace is eating into my writing time right now, although I can see a time soon when I’ll be caught up and – with luck – trot a little ahead. Just not in wooden platform shoes.

20 thoughts on “All You Do Is Blink

  1. OMG, it _has_ been 30 years! Er, 28, but close enough. How did that happen? What on earth have I been doing? Where does one get a housecoat? (Did people actually wear those?) I guess it's high time I got on with being a grown-up. Now: Ballerina or Olympic equestrian?

  2. That time DOES fly by so fast! I could definitely see how being around teens constantly could keep you young AND at the same time make you feel old! Was I REALLY that young? Ha ha!

  3. I've never felt older than when one of the kids I had in class all the time when I subbed and that I just adored asked me what year I graduated from high school and he replied, “OMG, that's the year I was born!”

  4. And really, it's just more exciting grist for the writer's mill this teaching-teenagers-business. Because nothing is quite so astonishing, nor intoxicating (and I mean this figuratively AND literally), as a 21st century teenager's mind!

  5. Hi Monda, enjoyed your flash back into our ever growing histories. This next year 2011 will be my 40th year since high school. and yes I remember bell bottoms, which I truly miss. BRING BACK BELL BOTTOMS. lol

  6. My little sister makes me feel old. I'm “only” 21 (I feel old since 21 is a whole lifetime), but she's 17 and all of it!

    By the way, nice to meet you.

    Carley

  7. Changes really happen because of many creative stuff and ideas are open in the market.Specially teenagers that are really familiar with the latest trend and fashion wear.

  8. That's how life changes,Due to many trends and fashion all the things make some changes specially in style and colors because of what modern age brings.

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