Generation to Generation by Madelyn Campbell
If you’re a year older than someone,
you can be friends. You can even be
Or, if you’re not friends,
you can lord it over them like a
perpetual sophomore. You
know better. You’ve been there before.
You know the ropes.
If you’re three years older than someone,
you can be wiser. You can nod your head
knowingly, because the younger ones are so much
smaller and younger. And they have no idea what they’re in for.
But you know. And they will look up to you.
Because you are on top of the world now.
And you can, for a while, forget that the ones who are
three years older than you
look at you the same way.
If you’re ten years older than someone,
you can babysit for them. They might be adorable,
or perhaps they are a pest.
But you will be the caretaker. And you will remember things that
they do not. You were there, and they weren’t. Or else,
they were just little babies, and they cannot possibly
And even when you are old, this will still be true.
If you’re a generation older than someone,
you can shake your head and say,
“These kids today!”
In the Bible, 40 years is a generation. A long time.
Styles will change. You can say that you had it tougher.
You can say they’re ruining everything.
And you can look to the generation before you,
and you can shake your head, because you know that
they just don’t get it. They never did get it and they never will.
You know that your generation is the right one.
And you can forget, if you want to, that you are
to the generation before you
and the generation after you.
And that every generation, dor v’dor, has said the same things
about your generation, and every generation
that has ever gone before.