Monday, November 17, 2008
I took this picture down the public landing a few weeks ago. The grass around the shore is starting to turn from green to brown; you could say it's going through a transition.
I found a book I gave my mother a long time ago when I thought she was going through a mid-life crisis. Since I’m 43 now, I thought it might be worth perusing.
Below is a quiz (along with my answers) from the book that supposedly tells if you’re in the midst of a crisis.
1. Do you find yourself spending hours at your desk in the office just staring off into space, or daydreaming about where you’d rather be?
CBW: Every single waking moment of every single day.
2. Do you find yourself resenting the twentysomethings at work for their ideas and enthusiasm?
CBW: Sometimes I think if I hear another twentysomething say the word “like,” as in, “Like, I woke up this morning and, like, ran four miles, and, like, then I came home and ate an egg-white omelet, because I’m, like, really watching what I eat. I have so much energy, it’s like I’m the Energizer Bunny. Like.”
So I really only resent their use of the word “like.”
3. Are you starting to utter clichés with absolute conviction to people younger than you like, “People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones”? Do you ever think, “Wow, a stitch in time really does save nine!”?
CBW: What is cliché about speaking the truth? Money does not, in fact, grow on trees. When did the truth become cliché?. And, by the way, I don’t sew, so I’d never say that one about the stitch in time saving nine.
4. Have you noticed a renewed interest in playing high-impact sports like basketball? Do you insist on playing with people younger than you are and get depressed if you can’t perform at their level? Do you get angry with yourself for waking up with a bad back the next morning?
CBW: What, exactly, is your point?
5. Do you search the mirror every night, looking closely for signs of new wrinkles in your face and panic if you see one?
CBW: What man came up with these questions? The same one who invented high heels? And by the way, I’m looking for unwanted hairs when I look in the mirror.
I’ve cast this book aside. I don’t think it really pertains to me. Not at all.