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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The New World

As I watch Cameron discover things on his own as only an almost 11 month old can, I wonder what life will be like for him in 10, 15 or 20 years.  It is a given that he will know (probably before he can talk) what a cell phone is and how to use one, he will understand the concept of DVR and on-demand television (which I am sure he will demand quite often) and he will inevitably wonder why all computers are not touch screen (perfect for little chubby baby hands).  Sure, technology has come a long way since I was a kid (anyone remember the cell phone that came in a portable briefcase), but what about the other kid / teen things I encountered back in the 80s and 90s?  Will trying cigarettes still be "rebellious" or "cool" for teens?  I sure hope not (and I bet a cigarette will cost a small fortune by then anyway), but what will replace that cigarette?  Harder drugs?  Something not even invented?  Or, gasp, Miley Cyrus's salvia? 

Right now, he enjoys the simple act of swinging at the playground. 

I don't worry about these unknown perils that Cam will face, but I do try to understand where the world is today when it comes to kids and teens.  When I was growing up MTV was NOT how it is now...the raciest thing shown was The Real World and I am talking Real World San Francisco -- where everyone stayed pretty much fully clothed the entire time.  And now, if I happen to catch a Real World episode it leads me to believe that the "real world" is full of drunken nymphomaniacs with preposterous names.  I walk by clothing stores meant for teens (uh, abercrombie) and when I am finished choking from the cologne literally being pumped through vents into the mall, I marvel at how tiny the clothing is...and not because it is meant to fit little bodies, but because things are just extra tiny these days -- short and tight.  When I was in high school I went to this same store and bought a henley and a pair of jeans (size 2, which in today's cut would be a size 6) and these were the "must have" items.  At my high school we could not wear tank tops and if we were wearing shorts, the length had to be as long as where our finger tips hit when holding our arms down at our sides.  I don't know what school dress code is today, but I don't think that many of the items in the juniors department would meet the standard.  Remember Eastland shoes and the crazy coil laces thing we used to do?  Well, at work the other day a few of us were joking about Eastlands and a co-worker had NO idea what we were talking about...she is 23.  What is the world coming to? 

**I just re-read what I had written and now I feel incredibly old. 

Anyway, as a mother, I just wonder what I will fight about with Cameron in the future and I hope it isn't too scandalous or dangerous.  I hope that I can give him the tools to be successful and make good choices.  Because the world today is different -- polygamy is out in the open, being a glee club may be considered the hot thing to do, and a young singer from Canada has captivated the world with his hair.  Stars like Elizabeth Taylor (rest in peace) and Michael Jackson are gone now -- and I'm just not sure if there are worthy replacements out there.    

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