Yes, Our Ways Were Better!

Yes, Our Ways Were Better!

On the day my son, Ezra, was born 17 years ago, I vowed I would never embarrass him with statements like, “Remember when pennies were made of real copper?”

For starters, the last time pennies were minted from 100 percent copper was in 1837. But you get my point: I would keep current with the times in order to stay connected with my son.

By doggedly listening to all the latest music, for example, I’ve learned not to say “Delicious!” when Ezra says he likes Lil Debbie. (My Little Debbie was a snack cake; his is an inked and blinged rap star.) And when he mentions his fondness for the Antlers or Deerhoof, I know from scanning his iPod that those are new indie bands, not signs he’s turning venisarian.

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