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Friday, June 10, 2011

Old Man Syndrome

Out of the blue yesterday morning, I felt really old.  I understand that I am not young, but occasionally something makes you feel twice your mental age...or worse.  I think yesterday was bound to happen given the events of the past week.

One Down, Two to Go
First, my oldest daughter graduated from high school.  While this was a very exciting moment, I considered it more like a kick in the privates.  “You couldn’t possibly be old enough to have a kid graduating already” is what I have heard for weeks.  Well, as she walked across the stage it became a reality.

The second shot to the groin was her turning 18 years old yesterday.  Ok, not much of a stretch to combine graduation and 18 years old...but hey, I’m in denial.

So, I was feeling a little sorry for myself.  Fortunately, I was able to shake it pretty quickly.  It became quite clear that I was being way too self centered.  This has nothing to do with me.  Feeling old is silly in general and if one must, save it for birthdays, illness or injury.  We are celebrating the greatness of my daughter...and she is pretty darn awesome.  While graduating high school is expected, I am thrilled that she was able to navigate the halls of high school in a manner that she can be proud of.

That being said, I can’t wait to see how old I feel when she leaves for college in the fall.

Run in Peace, Rest in Grace