The Generation that Won't Grow Up
By Denis Moskowitz
"Is he strong? Listen, bud..."
As I sit in my apartment, listening to the Ramones sing the Spider-Man
theme song and reading my comic books, it occurs to me that, in some
sense, my generation is the generation that won't grow up. (For
reference, my birthday is December 7, 1972. But this applies to
whoever it applies to.) We still play with our
toys, we watch our cartoons, we read our comic books or whatever.
I went into the local comics store the other day and they were selling
Colorforms t-shirts, of all things. We're buying action figures and
Lego and lunchboxes.
"I could take a souvenir, just to prove the world was here"
I think it may be because we've always been the generation that won't grow
up, because we knew that, come one day, we'd all be
nuked and die. Sure, our parents were raised under the bomb too, but
I think they were more scared of it, and we took it more for granted,
especially since our parents were also bomb babies. Yeah, we had our
scare moments, but we got over it, because we had to. So perhaps we just
got accustomed to our lives consisting of our childhood. So we're stuck.
"Mom says to get a job, but she don't like the one she's got."
Not to mention, we didn't have a whole lot of motivation to grow up, huh?
I mean, odds are, our parents were divorced, or they were collapsing in
their over-stressed jobs, or whatever. (Well, my parents weren't. But
maybe yours were.) We've seen grown-ups. No thanks! If being an
adult means ulcers and swearing at the guy in the next car, bring on
the fruit punch and the Playmobil!
"This is the dawning..."
Is this a bad thing? Not from my perspective. We need more happy people,
more playful leaders. If a 2008 presidential candidate is discovered to
play with Lego instead of playing golf, well, that's a reason to vote for
her right there. If we don't grow up, then good. Let's keep playing.
Partially inspired by:
Written March 10, 1996 by email@example.com.
- "Hey, Amy! What do you want to be when you... Grow Up???"
by Amy Frushour, in Action Girl Comics, issue 1.
- "Spider-Man (hidden track)" and "I Don't Want to
Grow Up" by the Ramones (yes, I know they didn't write either one!)
on the Adios Amigos! CD.
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and I'll gladly link to it.