This morning while making small talk with a young barista at our local coffee depot, I started a sentence with the phrase, "You're probably too young to remember but...". While driving home from the shop I realized I've been using that phrase a lot recently. It started a whole series of thoughts about how "old guy" phrases are working their way into my daily dialogue.
"I used to sigh, now I emit a low, curmudgeonly growl; sort of a masculine Marge Simpson noise."
Ron, I know that noise! It drives me crazy! My kids' father has taken to doing that, and I've been asking, "Why on Earth has he started making noises over things that once involved either talking or silence?" It makes this man who is actually relatively young seem like he's 150 years old!
I'm fairly certain his youth vanished quite some time ago. Of course, I, on the other hand, cling to every last shred of youthfulness left (although I do need to work on referring to the 70's as often as I do).
Even young people sigh and I have done it from time to time for years. Not really bothered if it bothers anyone because I mostly do it at home, but something about sighing just releases pent of tension. I love to talk, but as I have become older I do not feel like discussing everything, and sometimes a good sigh feels better.