My youngest daughter is a senior in high school. Tonight, she has a few friends over. There are two boys and three girls in the bonus room over my garage, playing board games. They seem like good kids. But the strangest thing just happened.
The flapper in the toilet upstairs sometimes doesn’t seal, and the toilet runs. I’ve been meaning to fix it, but I haven’t gotten around to it. Anyway, one of the kids used the toilet, and the toilet kept running and running. I heard it, and I knew immediately what was wrong. When I got up there, my daughter and another girl were standing in the bathroom looking in the open tank, jiggling things in the tank trying to fix it. The two boys were still laying on the floor in the bonus room, fiddling around with the board game. The scene was surreal, like I had unknowingly entered a parallel dimension.
I was a high school kid not that long ago. Ok, the 1980s. But whatever. If that had been a party with me and my friends while we were in high school, the boys would have been elbowing each other out of the way so they would be the one to get to fix the mechanical problem, and then hopefully impress a girl. Even if we didn’t know what we were doing, we would act like we did. Of course. Naturally. As surely as night follows day.
They’re high school boys. And high school girls. They’re not that complicated, right?
What on Earth is going on here? Are those even boys up there? They look like boys. But something is different.
I feel like I’m missing something important here.
Or maybe they are.
I suspect that our culture is going to look really strange in about 20 years…Published in