Conversation with my daughter yesterday

My daughter, seventeen, is as usual telling me I don’t understand her generation, mainly because I’m old, and of course I’ve never been young. 

“When I was your age, we all had three noses. Do you have any idea what it’s like to have to live with three...”

”Dad, my generation eats Tide Pods.”


Today she related that story to my wife, who told her that for our generation it was too inconvenient to measure the detergent. 

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Comment by greenheron on February 14, 2018 at 7:30am

I don’t agree about the Youngs. It seems one of the symptoms of old age to complain about those kids these days. My folks did it about “those smelly hippies”.

For work, I meet approx 100 new young people, every semester since 1985, so have known gens X, Y, Millennials, Z. They are terrific! Smart creative dedicated hopeful, same as we were at that age. I have not a single concern about them taking the stage. In fact, I can’t wait until they wrest the baton from the current crop of awful old farty white men deciders.

As Olds, we should be hip to the passages of life, because we’ve gone through them. Youth comes with a certain innocence, naïveté, and sense of immortality. Kids do stupid stuff. Note: it’s eighth graders who are eating the detergent. Millennials are early thirties, so let’s not conflate every person who is younger than we are as being the same age. Who here did not do stupid stuff when they were in high school? My (partial) list includes shoplifting, LSD dropping, hash smoking, school cutting (62 days in 1970!), fast driving with hardly any driving skill, drinking mixed liquors, hitchhiking, and dropping out of high school at age 16, and sleeping with terrible young men.

I love my young people as much as I love my fellow old people. Because I love my fellow old people, stop yelling at clouds! It only adds to our negative stereotype.

Young people tend to think we’re pretty cool. They are dyeing their hair gray for heaven’s sake! They revere many of our musicians. They love Bernie Sanders. When I was young, we were all don’t trust anyone over thirty and singing about My Generation. Smile at someone young today, will you?

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on February 14, 2018 at 8:05am

Why Tide? Don't the store-brands kill efficiently?

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on February 14, 2018 at 8:09am

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Comment by Anna Herrington on February 14, 2018 at 9:36am

I'm with greenie on the millennials - I am so proud of and have such respect for the 20-30-somethings I know, all across the country. Engaged, aware, ambitious yet not ruthless, independent, concerned, less bogged down by the older generations' baggage by a long shot....

As for Tide Pods - yeah, natural selection.


it will one day be proven that all this mutant food garbage we now shove across the grocery and fast food and GMO-heavy counters causes irresistible urge to immediately cleanse oneselves insides with extra strength detergent.

Further down the clinical trials, it will be then proven that huge amounts of organic mayo coating your insides works just as well.

  ; )

Comment by koshersalaami on February 14, 2018 at 9:47am

I love the cleanse theory

Comment by Tom Cordle on February 14, 2018 at 9:53am

Philosopher/Psychologist R D Laing, for all his obtuseness, said it best: "You cannot experience the experience of my experience."

It is impossible for people my age to comprehend what young people are going through these days – just as it is impossible for them to comprehend the world I came up in. Each of those eras had/has its pluses and miinuses. If there is a difference, to my mind it is this: It was easy for people of my generation to believe that the future would be brighter – and that we had the power to make it so. From my observation, it seems much more difficult for those of this generation to believe that.

And unfortunately, I suspect they are right about that.

Comment by Ron Powell on February 14, 2018 at 11:21am

 @Amy;  "...and that we don't function well as human beings if there is no acknowledgement of, and commitment to, that which makes us human..."

Nothing about your graphic reflects this....

Comment by Ron Powell on February 14, 2018 at 11:28am

High school seniors in Phoenix sparked social media outrage after they posed for a tasteless picture wearing shirts that spell out a racial slur, according to the Phoenix New Times.

Not an isolated incident. Since Trump’s election this kind of shit has been on the rise around the country...

Comment by Maui Surfer on February 14, 2018 at 11:30am

Green- I see you are near Boston so I'm surprised you miss my point. These kids will barely be able to rent a box in Roxbury, much less head up to Beacon Hill as a homeowner. Times that to the debt of MIT or Harvard, assuming you aren't a legacy brat, and you have what MY young people tell me, NO HOPE of ever getting ahead. That doesn't mean they won't do great things, or drop acid, it means they won't be able to live where they want and will be stuck in debt for years which is a huge emotional stress. As far as hanging out with them, they are the best, I surf with them every day and we all have the time of our lives over and over and over ... then they go home and sleep on their Mom's couch.

Comment by Maui Surfer on February 14, 2018 at 11:32am

Shit, just when I brag about Hawaii's keiki and their love for the whole world and every race, Ron brings out the truth about the 53% of White Scum in the former Confederates who still are ostensibly in control of this country for the moment. What say you Green?


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