At What Point Did You Feel Old?


Well, I was mini golfing with some middle schoolers the other day. Every time I hit the ball I would say, “One…one hit. Ah! Ah! Ah!” In honor of The Count from Sesame Street. One of the girls eventually asked me why I kept doing that. I said, “I’m just impersonating The Count.” She gave me a blank look. I continued, “You know…from Sesame Street.” One of her friends piped up, “I think I saw that once! Is that the show with the lions that read?” She was speaking of Read Between the Lions, a Sesame Street spin off…sort of…but not really.
So…yeah. When did Sesame Street go out of style? Did I miss that? Isn’t it some kind of sin to grow up without Maria and Mr. Snufalufagus and Oscar the Grouch and Big Bird??? BIG BIRD!!!
The girls said that they watched Blues Clues and Barney growing up. Wow. That made me feel totally old and out of touch.
Reminds me of the time my students asked me what kind of music I liked. I said that I liked Natalie Merchant, U2, Blues Traveler, and some others…. One of the kids piped up and said, “Oh! You listen to the oldies station!” I was like, U2 is NOT OLD! Then I realized that they are, indeed, old. *sigh*