The Dark Ages Redefined (or Kids Say the Darndest Things)

It’s so funny to see things from your kids’ perspectives, especially when it involves the concept of time. Here’s a conversation that played out in my house, just this morning.

Boy #3: “Mom, was Grandma alive in the ’80s?”

At first I thought he was talking about the 1880s. Then I realized he was, instead, referring to the 1980s. You know. Back in the “old days.” Before the Internet, cell phones and Pokemon. Might as well be the Dark Ages to them.

Me: “Yeah, Grandma was alive then. I was alive in the ’80s too.”

Boy #3: “What?! Hey, Boy #2! Guess WHAT?! MOM was alive in the ’80s!”

Boy #2: “You were?”

Me: “Sure.”

Boy #3: “What did you play with back then?”

Me: (Suppressing the urge to answer “Rocks and dinosaur eggs”) “Um, Strawberry Shortcake dolls. Barbies.”

Boy #3: (Eyes alit with wonder and amazement) “What?! Oh my gosh!”

Me: (Ready to really blow their minds) “I was actually alive in the ’70s too.”

Boy #2: “You were? What, like 1978, right?”

Me: “I was born in 1972.”

Boy #2: “Whoa.”

I don’t blame him for the “whoa.” That’s pretty heavy stuff. Especially when you’re 6 and 8.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go discover fire.

Image by mmagallan


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