Old and Out of Shape

posted by Momo Fali on January 20, 2010
Last month, my son’s cub scout troop visited a local library for a “Go See It” task. A librarian read the boys a couple of books and then gave them a tour of the building.

One of the final stops was the archive room, where there were local artifacts and books. In the corner of the room was a card catalog. In the archive room. I have never felt so quickly propelled toward old age.

At last night’s cub scout meeting, we talked about the food pyramid. Now, if you’re old enough to have used a card catalog, you also know that this is not the food pyramid with which we grew up. The government went and complicated the heck out of it. Imagine that.

This is the new one…

I’m pretty sure all of this is unnecessary. Why do we have to go and screw up a good thing? Also, get off my lawn!

Luckily, the other parents at the meeting also had one foot in the grave and when it was time for us to create our own food pyramid, we created something like this…

I was feeling pretty good about it. Making it old school for us old folks, and all. Until suddenly my son asked, “Mom, I know you know what the bottom squares are, but do you know what exercise is?”

Clearly, I need to accept the fact that there will always be change and that the things I grew up with are now relics. I also need to accept the fact that it’s time to get back on the treadmill.

    Comments

  • MidLifeMama


    Oh snap.

  • Kori


    Oh my, you poor old relic…I am SO right there with you, though!

  • WebSavvyMom


    –>I was just thinking about card catalogs the other day and how our kids will never know what they are anymore, unless I guess they go to the Archive Room.

    http://www.WebSavvyMom.com

  • Heather


    your kid totally just burned you, bigtime. ha ha ha ha. HE'S SO CUTE THOUGH!

  • Tom


    Okay, that looks like the "Guitar Hero" version of the food pyramid. Lord only knows how they'll desecrate it thirty years from now. It'll probably be holographic and interactive or something.

  • The Urban Cowboy


    OMG, you just made me feel so old! Next thing you know, we'll see the card catalog and typewriters in museums, along with CD's (I mean cassette tapes).

  • ZDub


    My daughter asked me who the Spice Girls were the other day.

    I don't want to get old.

  • Irish Gumbo


    This 'exercise' of which you speak, is it like liquor? 🙂

  • Tara R.


    Pwned….

  • MommyTime


    I'm pretty sure all of this is unnecessary. Why do we have to go and screw up a good thing? Also, get off my lawn!

    I am snorting and laughing out loud in my office.

  • Tanis Miller, RNM


    Exercise. It's a dirty word.

    Your kid totally needs to come to my house. He'd fit right in with my cheeky kids.

  • Middle Aged Woman


    You never have to worry about getting a big head. Your son is always there to take you down a peg. And the old pyramid was made by the meat and dairy industry, which is why meat and dairy made up three-fourths of the old pyramid.

  • meleah rebeccah


    I am seriously intimidated by the new food pyramid!

  • john cave osborne


    long live the dewey decimal system.

    and long live momo fali.

    oh, look at that. i believe i just got a bingo!

  • Alison


    We have a technology museum in town with what look like massive LP records, brown, big hole in the center.

    And my husband's reaction was, I used to work on those…

    Speaking of treadmills. I got told today to buy one by the doctor treating me for bone loss. At 51.

  • AlisonH


    (Oh, oops, forgot that Blogger auto-link silliness. Not on Blogger anymore.)

  • Mad Woman


    Why do they have to keep changing this stuff? Wow. Way to make us all feel old.

  • the planet of janet


    oh, now that is COLD!!!

  • DysFUNctional Mom


    Exercise is overrated, that's what it is!

  • WeaselMomma


    Damn kids and their rock n' roll music!

  • UP


    Diet AND exercise!

    UP

  • Geeks in Rome


    the new food pyramid looks very Masonic or New Age Scientology…
    It is scary, but not as scary as yours with exercise at the top.

  • Geeks in Rome


    the new food pyramid looks very Masonic or New Age Scientology…
    It is scary, but not as scary as yours with exercise at the top.

  • Mr. Man


    Life gets richer with age. Sure a lot of things change as we grow in age, but I can't imagine life not knowing what a cassette tape is. Or not going through the "preppy" fashion phase, or breakdancing and pop-locking.. Or Afros. It's funny to me how many of these things are popular with kids today. Full circle, baby.

  • Oh My Goddess


    I can't even remember the old food pyramid.

    does looking books up on the card catalog count as exercise?

  • v8grrl


    but it's oh so pretty

  • wm


    Your son is hilarious!

  • Eternally Distracted


    I love the things that kids say… especially because I have none of my own ;0)

  • surprised mom


    Your not a relic, or if you are I am positively ancient. Besides I like your diagram better.

    Out of the mouths of babes . . .

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