Carrie Maldonado – Writer

Freelance writer, wordsmith, and novelist

It’s so funny how our definition of ‘young’ and ‘old’ changes as we age. Young is pretty much anyone ten years younger than our current age and old is anyone fifteen years older than our current age. Or pretty much. If you’ve read any of my earlier posts, you’ll know that I didn’t produce offspring until relatively later in life (39) and so for most of my life I’ve been surrounded by age peers. Occasionally I would have a ‘young’ person work for me but if they were outside that ten year age gap, I usually felt somewhat unable to relate to them. T120514 011he shared cultural references just weren’t there – What do you MEAN you’ve never seen the Breakfast Club? How is that even possible? I’d find myself patronizingly referring to them as kids and to be honest I didn’t really think it mattered that much that I was out of touch. I’m okay with that, as I am with not being cool – or whatever cool is called now. That somewhat changed once I had my daughter. It began to occur to me that I might at least have to KNOW what was culturally desirable, even if I didn’t endorse it. I had never even seen an episode of Dora the Explorer! I didn’t know any kids songs. It’s bizarre how your world can change. I now sit in gymnastics classes watching toddlers do lopsided summersaults and know more kids’ songs than I even knew existed. Normal walks through life with me, changing forms as I do.

This also shows up in my writing. When I was in my twenties, so were my heroines. I would never dream about writing about old women in their forties. Who would want to read about that, and what kinds of interesting things could possibly happen to such heroines anyway? Now I laugh at that, and can’t imagine writing about mere babies in their twenties who haven’t earned enough wisdom yet to be remotely interesting. I have, however, been becoming a little more interested in writing a children’s adventure, staring perhaps a daring little girl and her two pesky twin brothers…

One thought on “Getting Older

  1. Lisa DG says:

    I’m already waiting for that story–better, a series–of the three littles!

    You make a strong point about relating to our age mates and the importance of seeing life through experienced eyes. We who have some life under our belts can, with adequate research to fine tune current slang and issues, write of youth because we’ve already lived it. Youth cannot write so effectively of elders; it’s a one-way telescope on experience.

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