Old Man Jenkins

June 26th, 2012

When I was a kid, I thought my parents were so out of touch with my world. My dad claimed to have walked five miles to school in the snow; he came to America not speaking a word of English. My mom grew up ultra-orthodox, and with a complete lack of knowledge for what was popular or fashionable. She came to America on the Queen Mary and married my dad within the year. I promised myself when I had kids that I would never be like them. I know what you’re thinking: We all become our parents in one way or another, but I was determined never to be out of touch with modern life like they were. I grew up with TV and rock ‘n’ roll, and so, I thought, would my kids. My mom didn’t even own a radio or really know what drugs were.

But now here’s the catch! I find myself saying that same worn out phrase, “Back in my day… we played outside ’til it got dark, rode our bikes to school, read magazines, played records.” (Cue the record scratch noise they’ve also never heard.) What I thought would always be the norm has been ploughed over by technology and the internet. There’s just no way my generation doesn’t look quaint and silly and, dare I say it, out of touch to these darn kids. And I find myself getting irritated by the speed at which what I thought would always remain cool (the ’80s) has not. Also, having to explain to my kids like visitors from another planet who the Beastie Boys (the Clash, the Ramones, etc.) are and why they are still relevant and cool even though you’ve never heard of them and think their names are silly can make me downright angry.

Turn down that awful caterwaul you kids call music these days and get the hell off my lawn!



Our Friends Say
  1. Hahaha!! I guess we’re all just destined to be UNcool eventually. At least your kids save you from being that middle aged lady who *thinks* she can still rock a mini skirt (or combat boots or whatever) and not know she looks horribly dated. Count your blessings : ))

  2. Lis Peery says:

    I can totally relate and I don’t even have kids! I often find myself thinking, “don’t they know I used to be cool?!?” when I walk by groups of teenagers and they look right through me. Ugh. :)

  3. Hailey Vaughn says:

    Why would u be angry at your children? And angry at your mom because she didn’t know what drugs are. Plus America makes things easy for people and that’s why people come here from other parts of the world. Legally and ilegally! Your children can take advantage of this too! they’re Americans! My little girl won’t have to work because of the opportunities she will have that she would not have in other places. Hope this helped :D

    • Tina Katz says:

      I’m not angry at either, I was just trying to show the differences in generations and what I thought was such a huge gap between my parents generation and my mine is nearly as wide as that between mine and my children.

  4. J. Nelson says:

    Pete Townsend wrote, “hope I die before I get old,” and, at thirteen, I thought that was just great. Today I relate more to Eleanor Roosevelt (of all people) who said, “Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.”


  5. Brick says:

    Personally, I’m happy just to be eccentric. That way I can tell the same exaggerated stories over and over and get away with it.

    Besides, it’s hard to be cool when you start buying fiber supplements.


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