So, I am procrastinating from a giant heap of papers that need grading. So, it'll be quick.
I took the students on a field trip earlier this week.
I don't have delusions. I realize how old I seem to the "kids". The young man that rode shot-gun on the way to our field trip is handsome. I found myself thinking that (if I were twenty years younger) I'd have thought him so hot - I'd probably stutter talking to him. But, I am twenty years older, so I just talked with him.
He told me about his knee surgery. I said "gosh, you mom must have been worried sick about you through all of that". See? I am really old now - thinking like a mom around this kid.
He said his mom was worried, but what made it worse was that she was going in for a hip replacement right afterwards. I thought, "Isn't she young for a hip replacement?"
Yes, she was - she is 38, he says.
Oh shit - I am older than this kid's mother. I know that I am theoretically old enough to be their parent, but I am older than his parents. I have a two-year-old - how is this possible?
I mentioned this to another professor. He said, "I still find the students attractive - until they open their mouths. What is interesting is that now I find their mothers more interesting than the students".
A second professor calls this the "golden age". "We can look at and appreciate them all - students, mothers, grandparents - they are all good".
This is scary.
I guess I'll pull up the rocking chair and start grading those papers now.