Budget Lady has morphed into Baby Boomer Lady. Excuse my transition but Baby Boomer Lady really fits me better and covers a larger scope of things I want to share with you. Baby Boomers were born between the years 1946 and 1964 in what was called the Post-World War II baby boom. Soldiers came home from war, life resumed, and thanks to the G. I. Bill suburbia was born. The economy improved and babies were made.
My father, fresh from the war, moved to the city where he went to work for Carter Carburetor. There he met and married my mother. Tthey had me, moved to a house in the burbs, and raised their little baby boomer. Oh, and my brother came along six years later and made it just in the nick of time as a Baby Boomer
I fall almost smack in the middle of the era that spawned the feminist movement, the civil rights movement, free love, and Woodstock. We saw the first man walk on the moon, had a beloved president assassinated, and lived through the Cold War. In school we read Dick and Jane Readers, crawled under our desks in Duck and Cover drills in fear of a nuclear attack and ate mystery meat for lunch.
The youngest of the Baby Boomers will be turning 50 next year and the oldest will be turning 68. Besides witnessing the birth of Rock and Roll, living through the horrors of the Vietnam War, watching the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, we have another thing in common….senior citizenship is a reality for the older of us and in the immediate future for the younger of us. That in itself brings on whole new set of challenges for our generation.
If you’re not a Baby Boomer, you never will be, but just like us “boomers”, God willing, you will age.
Cece says, “I’m not a Baby Boomer, but age is creeping up. I found a few gray hairs hiding among my naturally blonde tresses. I’ve plucked numerous stray chin hairs, and I never leave home without my reading glasses. Phillip leaving me for a woman our daughter’s age is just smacking me upside the head with insult.”
What are the memorable events of your generation?