One of the first things I learned from my Facebook feed Monday morning was that Lady Gaga could sing.
Wow. Who knew?
Really? Who knew? Millions of people knew! she’s been selling lots of music and filling venues for years now. Why the recent revelation?
Because Sunday night Lady Gag sang at the Oscars. Which means people of my generation saw her. (I didn’t) They heard her.
They were, apparently, awestruck. This wasn’t the Lady Gaga they’d heard about or read about.
I am awestruck as well. But not at or about Lady Gaga.
No; I am awestruck that people my age have become their parents.
I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. At some point their parents had become their grandparents.
But didn’t we recognize this when we were younger? Didn’t we all watch The Breakfast Club and decide we wouldn’t become Principal Richard Vernon?
As young people, most of us felt misunderstood by our parents and their generation. It felt as if they just didn’t understand. They didn’t like our music, our hair, our clothing choices.
They didn’t “get it.”
Until Sunday night, we didn’t “get it.” Now we are surprised.
What other assumptions have you made about the world as it is now that betray your disconnection with present reality in favor of the world ‘back in the day”?