In general we think of a generation being about 25 years - from the birth of a parent to the birth of a child. We also generally accept that the length of a generation in earlier periods of history was closer to 20 years when humans mated younger and life expectancies were shorter.
I remember the summer I realized I had crossed over to the next "generation" here at the shore. I went from being one of the kids to being one of the adults. This may not have exactly coincided with my actual crossover into adulthood and it did not go smoothly, just ask my husband. It happened here at the shore when I had kids of my own and there were enough little kids to fill in that kid generation which pushed me into the next generation. Once I accepted my new reality I was happy enough being one of the "young adults". The young adults still look good in a bathing suit, have plenty of energy, have parts that don't sag, are able to stay up and party all night long if the occasion calls for it and spend their days on the beach watching the younger generation of kids work through the dynamics of shore life. The young adults are some of the busiest people here at the shore!
|Back when I was one of those young busy people.|
Somewhere around the time our kids start high school and then graduate from college and eventually get married and have children of their own, we move into yet another level of shore adulthood. We no longer have to be on the beach to watch our children but we are not grandparents yet either. These are some of the best years of life up here at the shore, if you ask me! We are still young enough to party till...after midnight... and our kids are pretty self reliant. Sometimes our kids actually party until after midnight themselves! We don't look as good as we used to in that bathing suit, but we still look pretty good....enjoy it while it lasts. Life is a little less hectic but still busy. We are in the middle with childhood and young adulthood behind us and grandparent-hood and great-grandparent-hood ahead of us. We have more perspective and the energy to enjoy the fruits of this life.
|Somewhere between young parents and grandparents...|
we had plenty of energy and time to party!
|Multiple generations at the same table....even at Christmas!|
This dinner was definitely epic!
|Just a regular evening dinner again with multiple generations.|
|Enjoying their great grandparent-hood.|