Last week I had the opportunity to travel to a convention with my new boss. My new boss, the editor at the paper where I work, is much younger.....MUCH younger. Like half my age younger. Never before have I felt so old but so young at the same time as when I hang out with him.
He's a lot of fun to work with, talk to and hang out with. Generally he makes me feel young because his mindset about everything is so much more laid back than mine, and I feel he is a good influence on me that way.
While we were in Lexington, Ky for the convention, we braved the single digit temperatures to go to dinner together. He was meeting friends after dinner, and was kind enough to take the “old lady” out to a nice restaurant.
We had a great dinner with great conversations, the restaurant he picked was very modern and chic and the food was delicious. When our checks came to the table, they were on small pieces of wood, held down by a band stretched across the wooden plank.
I commented on them, I like unusual touches, and he agreed. “It's the little things,” he said.
I told him about a restaurant in Atlanta, the West Egg Cafe, where my husband and I had eaten this summer. How the décor was library and literary oriented, with old books and library tables and other cool touches. This “exchange” followed.
Me: When they brought the check, it came in a card catalog drawer. It was really cool.
Me: You know what I mean? A card catalog. Like in libraries?
Me: Before the internet, every book in the library had its information written on an index card.
(I'm pretty sure I lost him at "before the internet." after all, he was born in 1991 I have mouse pads older than him)
Me: They were in a drawer in this card catalog. You pulled out the drawer and went through them until you found the one you wanted? *gesturing with my hands how you'd file through them*
Him: Oh, yeah. Ok.
I'm pretty sure he said it just to make me feel better. Or to get me to shut up.
I've never felt so old as I do right now....honestly.....