I can not stop feeling totally tripped out by all of the people my age who are having babies. More specifically, people I knew from elementary and high school. It was weird when everyone started getting married, but reproducing is taking it to a whole new level. Maybe it is just me. Maybe it is because I am a late bloomer who didn't get married until the age of 30. Or maybe because I don't want kids myself, I am overly fascinated by people who do. Maybe I am just a super creeper for even really thinking about this so much that I decided blog about it.
In any case, the fact remains the same: there are tiny people coming out of my former classmates' (or their wives') vaginas! I am still trying to wrap my, um - head around it. It is so wild. I think back to memories I have of these people at football games, school dances, in class, extra curricular activities and in the hallways. Back then, the thought of any single one of them having babies never entered into my mind. Now, on a daily basis, I see pictures of someones kids on Facebook. I have to admit, I actually really like it. I love seeing how those little stinkers look like their parents and thinking about how that kid has no idea the kind of shit their parents did back in the day.
I think about the quiet girl from French class who now has an adorable little one who looks like her husband. Then there is the a couple of the class-clowns who have kids that are the definition of a "mini-me." A former crush now has two children and of course, it would make sense that one of the nicest guys from high school has the most beautiful baby ever. Former theater-mates and gymnastics teammates have also graduated to parenthood. Old friends, the siblings of friends and the list continues on.
I have actually had the fortune of reconnecting with a few of my childhood friends from elementary school through Facebook. I have not seen any of them since I was about 12 years old, when my family moved to Saint Paul. That was 20 years ago! Until the magic of Facebook reminded me, they were all still 12 years old in my mind. Imagine my shock when seeing not only are they all grown up now, but they are married and having babies too! These are girls I used sit up at late-night slumber parties with and giggle about what it would be like to kiss boys. Now they are making human beings with their genitals. Just when I thought I'd seen it all... Is this what it feels like to get old?
What is even more crazy, is experiencing this in person! I have had the chance to see quite a few of my former classmates interacting with their children. Talk about a wacky, time-warp experience! It is so strange to watch the same people who fell over doing a keg-stands at parties being called "mom" and "dad." And, it is completely unreal how some of the children's facial expressions are exact duplicates of their parents'.
I know that my shock and disbelief is only destined to continue. The friends that I am still close to from high school have only just started to dabble in the baby making business. I have yet to actually experience that as a reality. I can only imagine what that will be like, seeing my friends holding their offspring and becoming parents. I hope that I can hold back my inability to reconcile the situation and refrain from screaming, "Holy shit, Dude! What the hell did you just do? Don't you know we are only like seventeen years old?!?!" In all reality, they are all going to make spectacular parents. Kick-ass people generally do.
I would like to thank all of you folks who share your kiddos with me on the Facebook. I really do enjoy how tripped out it makes me feel at times. I also love to see and hear about what beautiful little buggers you are introducing to the world. I wish you all the very best in one of the most crazy-amazing adventures of your lives!