Aladdin’s twilight years saw grandchildren
unimpressed by his glittering memories of the Lamp.
“Sure, Gramps,” they were heard to sneer
more than once with ill-concealed boredom.
Or, “Geez, Mom, can’t the old geezer talk about
something else?” and the old geezer’s understanding
of youthful folly did little to ease his frustration
with their indifference.
Years later, those grandchildren had
similar problems with their own grandchildren.
None of us can expect any less, though
some will be pleasantly surprised.