The other day, I was sitting in the carpool line at my son’s school when “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” by Simple Minds came on the radio. This song instantly transports any child of the 80’s to Shermer High School and that fateful day of Saturday detention for the Brain, the Athlete, the Basketcase, the Princess, and the Criminal.
I must have heard this song thousands of time in my life, but at that particular moment it dealt me a serious blow to the nostalgia bone. Somehow, at some point in time, I had evolved into the role of the parent in that movie. All my life, I had felt like one of those high school kids sitting in Principal Vernon’s detention that Saturday. Those kids were my friends and I was theirs — we all had stupid teenage problems that we had to deal with in our own way. Now, I have kids, and I can see myself saying the same things to them as the parents of those Shermer High parents. I think I may have even told my kids that if they messed with the bull, they’d get the horns! Aagh! When did this happen?!?
Are there any particular movies or scenes that affect you like this? Anyone else starting to feel a little creaky?