March 17, 2006

I Used to Think I Was Smart...

In the olden days, back when I was in school, I was considered some what intelligent -- maybe almost intellectual. I've even got a Phi Beta Kappa certificate in a box somewhere to prove that fact to the most skeptical.

A few nights ago, I got a rare girl's night out with my two best buddies from college -- the two women who were in my wedding. Neither of them has married yet and therefore (and in our circles this therefore does generally apply) neither of them has any children. We went out for dinner and then coffee. The conversation wasn't terribly highbrow, but at the same time, there are definitely differences in where our lives have headed.

One of my friends, a history major in college, and now a magazine editor, routinely reads medieval history texts and 19th century novels. The other friend, an English major turned lawyer, is currently making her way through every 18th century novel written by a woman that she can find. And me -- well, I wowed them with my ability to recite most of the minute details of Back to the Future. In fact, I found myself almost covering up just how well I remember the movie.

They are both far more intellectual than I, and probably always were. They don't seem to hold against me the fact that I have devolved, and I can't envy them their brain power, weekend mornings of sleeping in and trips to Europe too much. I have three short people around the house and a husband and that makes up for a lot of lost brain cells.

I'd take a morning or two of sleeping in though, if anyone offered.


Neither of them has married yet and therefore...

I am old enough to find the need for this qualification simply astonishing. Oh, clearly the need for it isn't extraordinary these days, but to me it is still astonishing.

Posted by: Patricia at March 17, 2006 07:59 PM

It is astonishing...
And if you were here, I would take all the kids for a weekend so you could sleep in!

Posted by: Blair at March 17, 2006 09:47 PM

At least we have the rest of our lives to catch up on the heavyweight reading. After a few years of sleeping in, of course.

Posted by: Meredith at March 18, 2006 06:46 AM

You know, not getting enough sleep is the biggest bugbear of having children, I think. I'm always in a brain muddle as a result.

Btw, I feel your pain! ;)

Posted by: melissa at March 18, 2006 11:23 AM

I've had such a brain fog over much of my mothering years. I can finally do more than just look at the picturesLike you, I always did well in school. To be honest, my intelligence was a large part of my self-identity. To lose that--at least have it severely impaired hit me a lot harder than I ever realized it wood.

Posted by: TulipGirl at March 19, 2006 07:09 PM

Would! Would! I meant would! See? How embarrassing is that?! *LOL*

Posted by: TulipGirl at March 19, 2006 07:09 PM

Well at least you have your kids as an excuse. I certainly don't. Perhaps I can blame my love of reality tv on the dog.

Posted by: David G. Kern at March 21, 2006 12:38 PM