I was at a birthday party this weekend and was reminded about the world being different having come a long way since I was a kid. I met an eighteen year old girl who was able to converse with me as if she were my age. I won’t tell you what that age is … but it is some multiples of hers. I couldn’t have done that when I was her age, not could anyone of that age I knew. Perhaps it is due to television or the internet or the exposure to the adult world that kids have now. Compared to my adolescence, these kids have come a long way.
As the party progressed, we sat down to dinner and I was seated to a lady who is a Canter. A Canter? I thought only men could be Canters. Not only was she a Canter, but she was able to officiate at weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, and Bat Mitzvahs. I thought of that phrase used by feminists, You’ve come a long way, Baby!
I remembered back in time when I took my first paying job and found out my immediate supervisor was a lesbian. I was terrified. What’ll I do if she thinks I’m cute? Eventually I found out that she was in a committed relationship with a long term partner. It never occurred to me that I might have had the same problem if my supervisor had been a man. Had that occurred to me in today’s world, I would have never given it another thought … at least not until the supervisor, female or male would have made a move on me.
Yeah, we’ve come a long way since then. Perhaps the glaring example of how far we have come is to know that we have elected the first African-American president. Yeah, maybe fighting for equality does pay off … but let’s not forget how much farther we have to go.