Yesterday, my family’s home in Winsted, Connecticut – the one which my parents lived in for most of their lives, and where my brothers and I lived while growing up – was finally sold, thus closing an important chapter in my family’s lives. But that turning point also reminded us that the generation that my parents belonged to is already fading away, even as my generation nears the half-century mark.
You know that your generation – as well as those of your friends and loved ones – is getting older when the world changes greatly, in terms of technology, fads, historical turning points, etc. – and that we can never return to the days of our youth, when things were a lot more simple. Of course, that fact’s not entirely true – every generation hasn’t always had it easy, given the many problems that they face, as they grow up. And as we get older, we end up confronting (and, in many cases, overwhelmed by) the many situations already faced by our parents, grandparents, and other older relatives – a reality that’s not about to change anytime soon.
Another sign that the various generations are getting older is learning about the recent deaths of popular and well-known personalities whose careers that we’ve followed for decades — as was the case with Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy, who died yesterday. If anything else, Nimoy’s death reminds us of his impact on pop culture – as well as forcing us to face our own mortality, a reminder that, despite our collective accomplishments, we’re not immortal in terms of life spans.
As my parents’ generation continues its gradual fade-out – one wonders if they’ll still be remembered decades from now when my generation ends up facing its twilight, and wonder if we’ll be remembered long after we’re gone. I hope so. And I also pray that all of us – including future generations – will be better and wiser for it.
John Lavernoich is the author of three books (including the first two Chameleons, Inc. novels), as well as various non-fiction articles and short stories that have been published in print and on the Internet. To learn more about Mr. Lavernoich and his various creative accomplishments, please check out the following websites listed below:
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