Well I made it! The interesting or stupid thought, as the case may be, is all based on a memory.
I never thought I would live to be more than 47. It was just a thought in the back of my mind based on a conversation from when I was about 13.
I had a foot race with my mom, she ran way faster than me.
When I was done, I said, “Did you ever think you’d live to be this old?” I recall she was almost offended by the question, but I was wondering aloud, if she ever saw herself at this age. After all, when we were 13, did we?
The funny thing is at the time, she really would have been 37, not 47, but all these years, I always thought I could never imagine living to be 47. Truth be told, 37 would have been a lot easier to believe.
It makes me wonder, for better and for worse, what memories do we create for our children?
I have always been cognizant of what the earliest memory would be for our children based on my own, but the retention age for everyone can vary quite a bit.
I wonder from time to time what the good lasting memories might be for them.
Our goal as parents is to allow each child a puppy of their own, that they buy with their own money, pick the name themselves, etc.