I’ve been thinking a lot about the contemporary obsession with age, so it made perfect sense when I came across this article on WSJ.com. Apparently some baby boomers find anathema in growing old. Who would have guessed? Here’s a quote:
So Ms. Wilkofsky has decided to be called Glamma, as in glamorous grandmother, a name suggested by one of her girlfriends. Her husband, Steven, a 58-year-old doctor, said he didn’t want a typical grandfatherly name, either, because “I still feel like I am 25.” So he chose to go by “Papa Doc.” He was going for a Marcus Welby, M.D. vibe — after the mellow, graying doctor in a popular television series in the late ’60s and early ’70s — but unfortunately the name reminds most people of the late Haitian dictator, François “Papa Doc” Duvalier.
Experts in the field of aging are not surprised that baby boomers are seeking creative ways to avoid wrinkly sounding labels. “That whole generation is reinventing old age,” says Tom Nelson, chief operating officer of AARP, formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons.
Is this allowed? If I get caught cheating, can I tell my girlfriend that I’m just “reinventing” the monogamous relationship? You know what… don’t answer that.