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Birthday Remembrances

   Thu, February 12, 2009 - 6:51 AM
Sometimes when I celebrate my birthday, I take a few moments to look at the lives of my parents at my current age. It certainly lends perspective to many things when I do…

At this age: both of my parents had already buried their fathers. Helps me to appreciate that mine's still around.
Both of my parents had mouths full of crowns. Not surprising that I need one, then, and helps me appreciate that at least I made it this age before needing one.
My parents had 2 teenagers, one starting to drive. I have yet to have a child.
My father had been working at the same company for almost 15 years, in spite of several layoff periods. His longevity with his company has been a goal of mine ever since I can remember. I always intend to stay at a job/company for as long as possible.
My mom was working full-time 3rd shift AND earning her Bachelor's degree by attending classes, brick-and-mortar style. If she can buckle-down and do it, why can't I get my act together?
My parents were on their second house. They never appeared to struggle with money for the purchase of a home the way I am.

One thing I have in common with my parents at my age: still married. It seems like such a small thing, but in the grand scheme of things, I know I am who I am because my parents never divorced. I'm not passing judgement on anyone who did. But yet it seems like something I SHOULD be proud of. Because it doesn't' happen every day, and not everyone gets that opportunity.

You can tell I'm old… I'm talking all sentimentally instead of saying I'm going to go out drinking… :)


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Thu, February 12, 2009 - 9:10 AM
Thu, February 12, 2009 - 9:15 AM
It's good to keep things in perspective, remember that you parents grew up and lived in a very different world that you do. Real estate prices weren't Science Fiction. Everyone stayed in their job for many many years, it was the norm back then. Everyone had children, that was the goal of marriage. You didn't have to be a freekin rocket scientist to land a good job and support your family.

It's silly to compare yourself to them, you didn't grow up in their time. The world has changed much since their time...