June 11, 2009
But he's started to realize that he's been in the Army for seven years now. And suddenly, he's older than most of the NCOs he works with. He's not the baby anymore.
I took his team a homemade lunch today, and they gushed and thanked me and called me Mrs. and Ma'am. And I realized that I'm no spring chick either: I am nine years older than the medic on his team. I must seem like such an old lady to him.
On Monday, my husband and I have our seventh wedding anniversary. We've known each other for almost ten years.
It feels good to be a grown up. But it took me by surprise today.
Most of my students (College Juniors) were between 1 and 3 when I graduated high school, some weren't even born when I enlisted.
None of them saw Top Gun, or Full Metal Jacket in theaters, many had never seen it.
They were too young to see Saving Private Ryan in theaters, or rent it without a parent when it came out--on VHS.
The oldest ones weren't in Kindergarden during gulf 1.
None are old enough to remember Ronald Reagan, most don't Remember George H. W. Bush.
Now I feel old.
Posted by: Chuck at June 11, 2009 05:15 PM (meX2d)
Posted by: Butterfly Wife at June 11, 2009 08:23 PM (YQ3jz)
Posted by: Miss Ladybug at June 11, 2009 11:48 PM (paOhf)
Posted by: Ruth H at June 12, 2009 08:28 AM (4u82p)
But we reminded them that we're both over 30 now, and Sweetie's a little above sergeant (though a rather young sergeant), and that actually makes us pretty senior to anyone with "Private" before their name.
In fact, when Sweetie joined up six (six!) years ago, we were still pretty senior at 25. My best friends at DLI were all younger than me by several years.
Now, my youngest brother is turning 26 and Sweetie's youngest brother, who is 25, just became a lieutenant. Kids I babysat are graduating college and getting married.
Funny how time flies.
Posted by: Deltasierra at June 12, 2009 03:23 PM (ekWzF)
Posted by: Miss Ladybug at June 13, 2009 01:01 AM (paOhf)
On the other hand, being a Guard unit, we've got people who've been with us for decades. One crusty SFC reminisced over the idiot butter bar in charge of his platoon (when he was a platoon sergeant); the idiot in question is now the battalion commander.
Posted by: Sig at June 13, 2009 03:41 PM (ekWzF)
In grad school, I was the kid, the youngest.
As a professor, I wondered if some of the younger students had a hard time taking me seriously because of my apparent age.
At work, I am still the kid, at least in my section. Hardly anyone's younger.
Yet I know I'm getting old. I recognize very few TV and music references after the 80s.
Sarah, you seem relatively 'with it' ... certainly more than I am.
I've known you since shortly after your first wedding anniversary. I can still remember thinking of you as newlyweds. And the neat thing is that when I met you two last month, you were still like newlyweds in paradise! I think you'll always be that way.
Posted by: Amritas at June 16, 2009 01:03 PM (/IwHi)
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