So my son promised to call me to discuss life and what have you today. I have three sons. One, the eldest who rarely speaks, the second who speaks just as much as he ought to, and then the youngest who began talking as he cleared the birth canal and has not stopped since. So the eldest was to call me for a chat. Strangely when we are on the phone, he seems much better able to engage in conversation. I have lots of respect for his thoughts much as many of his opinions are polar opposites of my own. We have discussed the possibility of making a Sunday chat a regular feature. I will attempt to add parts of our discussion to the blog for those who have an interest in reading up on our talks.
The navigating of trans-generational discussion is a terrain laden with traps of various nature. So it appears to me anyway. First, there is the issue of respect. The younger generation in wishing not to be disrespectful of the elder may be inclined not to push a point the elder might find offensive and restrict the conversation by it. Then for the parent, there is the issue of wanting to be supportive of the younger generation and failing to call them on their mistakes. We don’t want to be always critical and undermining after all. It seems to me that every generation first thinks that the previous generation is out of touch with modern realities and then later thinks the younger generation is out of touch with realities. I suspect they are correct on both counts.