Is it possible for 26 year old male, one who has only lived through minor traumas and has remained relatively untouched by the cruel world as of yet, to accurately guess what the mind of a ninety year old woman is like?
I've been trying to imagine such a thing for the last two weeks... how does the texture of time work for her, do entire generations fold into a little corner of her mind only to be unfolded when necessary? Which details remain, and in what pattern does the density of detail enhance and degrade over time? Which stories does she still tell? What are her dreams like? When she drinks, how does that effect her? How does the history of her body effect her self image and in what way does she pull up and pack away the memories of decade long friendships that ended in tragedy? Is memory still chronological or does it become ordered by topic, era, color, or size?
I realize that there are so many traps in trying to think forward that far, across gender, but the challenge is interesting. There have to be clues, in our own grandparents and great-grandparents, in literature and folk tales. I just have to find them. If I fail, oh well.