Wonderful thoughts to ponder here Sandra.
I've noticed this myself, and talked about it with my sister. She has 2 wonderful children, and can guage the last 18 years (age of her oldest) by the various milestones the kids reached as they grew up. She can pinpoint most dates quite accurately, because she'll go back and say ... "that's when Travis was 3 ... or that's when Trevor was 12". She also tended to follow the passage of her own years as they went along regarding the children. Often, she'll note "when I was 17 like Travis, I was doing such and such - geez, I can't believe I'm xxx years old now" etc. It's almost like for the last 18 years she's had kids, she's had a very definate and detailed timeline and she can mentally pull out details at any moment as to what was happening, how old she was, how old the kids were, etc. It's like an "easy to re-wind programmable VCR".
Me, on the other hand ... I'm am the opposite. I was not able to have children, and I am nothing like my sister in that respect (my VCR is one of those, that I can't figure out how to program, lol). My milestones are separated by far too many years. Finishing school, getting married, starting my business ...
Beyond that ... my years just seem to meld one into the next, without any real "timeline" to help me pinpoint what year certain things happened when asked. I'm terrible with dates, and I also never seem to feel "my age". I feel like I went from about 19 to 60 somehow (when the truth is ... I'm somewhere in the middle).
I do think it does have a lot to do with the fact that I don't have important, tangible markers to help me along like the various milestones that come almost daily with raising a family.
[This message has been edited by Kit McCallum (05-05-2002 12:20 PM).]