I’ve got a problem with numbers and the year 2010 is part of it.
My problem goes beyond what to call the last decade. My problem is where it went.
I remember 2000. The night we entered the new millenium I held tight to my kids’ hands, in the middle of a huge crowd in Los Angeles with my husband and my ex-husband (don’t even ask.)
That was just yesterday.
And suddenly it’s a new year again and the kids aren’t holding my hand and all the years since then just….evaporated.
Scenes are clear but years are blurry and blend into each other. I can’t attach numbers to the memories; only a few milestone years stand out from the rest:
2001—the year of Space Odyssey and 9/11
the years we elected presidents ( I’ve blocked out a couple years and #43)
the years I graduated high school and college—(which I mix up sometimes)
the years I had my children
the year(s) I got married (actually the second time is harder to pin down)
2010? Pretty soon it’ll be just another number.
I can’t decide if my brain is slowing down or the years are mounting up.