Tonight, as we sat around the dinner table, I crossed the Rubicon to irrelevance. It happened suddenly, and without warning, but there is no doubt about it. I passed a point from which there is no return. Let me set the scene…
We sit around the table at dinner, passing food, and filling our plates and talking. 20 Prospect Jr. begins telling us the story of his trip to a local water park as part of a friends birthday party this weekend.
20 Prospect Jr. – “You’ve got to see it, they have made a lot of changes since we last went there.”
Lil’ Miss 20 Prospect – “What kind of changes?”
20 Prospect – “Well, lots of them. It’s all different now. Even the kiddie pool”
Lil’ Miss 20 Prospect – “Is the pirate ship slide still there?”
20 Prospect Jr. – “Yeah, but the yellow thing that sprays water is all different now. It looks like a big palm tree”
Lil’ Miss 20 Prospect – “Cool. What else?”
20 Prospect Jr. – “They have all new floaty things in the big pool, and the water slide has lights inside of it.”
Lil’ Miss 20 Prospect – “What kind of lights?”
20 Prospect Jr. – “They’re like Christmas lights but they flash to the music, and when you get on the slide, there’s this screen where you can pick out a song to play while you slide.”
Lil’ Miss 20 Prospect – “Awesome! What song did you pick?”
20 Prospect Jr. – “California Girls!”
Me – “I didn’t know you liked the Beach Boys.”
20 Prospect Jr. & Lil’ Miss 20 Prospect in unison – *snicker*
Me – “What? That’s who sings it!”
20 Prospect Jr. – “Um… no Dad. Kate Perry sings it.”
Lil’ Miss 20 Prospect – “Yeah.”
Mrs. 20 Prospect – “Who’s Kate Perry?”
and so it begins. We have passed from being the source of all knowledge to being an outdated, irrelevant source of embarrassment for our children. It only took 11 years, 5 months, and 22 days.
I knew this day would come, but I have to admit, it still caught me by surprise. But I have come to terms with it. In fact, I am looking forward to being able to wear black socks with my sandals this summer. My toes always get so cold.