I grew up in a time when Wales didn't want to run its own affairs. I was 17 and just too young to vote in the 1979 referendum that rejected watered-down devolution decisively.
Nothing stays the same and now my eldest son is 16 and, like almost any teenager, only knows of a Wales with its own government and a Senedd, no matter how shackled and timid. He doesn't remember the dark days of direct rule.
This new generation are growing up with the idea of greater confidence in their country's ability to run its own affairs. The older generations indulged in that Celtic cringe and we all too often slid back into blaming someone else for our woes. Enough of that.
We need a positive reason to have the confidence to stand up. Scotland is leading the way here - the first leader of an independent Scotland is likely to be a young working-class woman from Glasgow who should have been a natural Labourite but saw through the sterile statism and inherent conservatism of that ideology. So many parallels with our own party's development in recent months under Leanne Wood.
Gerry Hassan's perceptive piece is about how Nicola Sturgeon is making the case for an independent Scotland more relevant to people like herself. Our aim of an independent Wales also has to become more relevant - essential even - as we peer into this economic black hole created by bankers and politicians, who in turn are punishing the poor and disabled.
We certainly can't wait for the feeble government currently lurking in Cardiff Bay to deliver an alternative to austerity. They're happy to keep Wales voting Labour until the next UK election. That's their real prize - regaining power in London rather than standing up for a Welsh alternative.
There is a generational shift taking place as these teenagers grow up with that idea firmly planted. We've come a long way since 1979...