So today it is. How old am I? Old enough that when someone asked on Nov 5 if this day felt anything like the day JFK was elected I said yes, yes it does- I was there.
That makes me feel like I’ve seen a lot in my lifetime: TV was so new when I was born that my family didn’t own one until I was 4 and it was only on the air a few hours a day- even in LA. I spent a good 10 minutes every day watching the test pattern waiting for the afternoon cartoons to start. I saw the moonwalk and remember when computers filled whole rooms and cars had fins.
The thing is, my experience doesn’t even begin to compare to that of my grandparents. My youngest grandparent- my mother’s mother- was born in the 1880’s and died in 1974. She went from the horse and buggy era all the way to space travel. That’s a much bigger jump than from air planes to Skylab or from television to the internet. Along the way there were 2 world wars, the Great Depression, and the Beatles, Watergate, and Vietnam.
I should live so long and see so much.