Birthing a Baby Boomer

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?

 

 

Me and my folks

 

 

8 Comments

  • Awesome post. Love the photo. I also love all the history you just brought up–it’s like that Billy Joel song (he’s from my generation) WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE. . . :)

    Let’s see, when I was growing up in the 70s and 80s, here’s what I remember. . .

    My mom buying BLUE CHRISTMAS by Elvis at Zayre when he died.

    Ronald Regan being shot and watching it in my 5th grade classroom.

    Michael Jackson moon-walking at the Grammy’s.

    Staying up late to watch Friday Night Videos because we didn’t have cable and it was the only way I could see the videos my friends who had MTV got to watch.

    Watching Star Trek the Next Generation with my mom and dad.

    Friday nights when I was little: Dallas and Falcon Crest

    Saturday nights: Love Boat and Fantasy Island.

    V Visitors MINI SERIES

    45 records for my birthday!

    CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES, COME ON! when the Cardinals won the World Series!

    I could go on and on! :)

  • So enjoying the Lit Ladies here in Canada!
    As your country’s neighbour, baby boomer, too, I have experienced so many of the events and cultural output of the United States, including the list itemized by Margo.
    Being born in ’53, puts me in the middle of this huge demographic, a factor that has influenced my life and writing.
    If I had to select a year that impacted me the most, I would list ’68. As a young teen, the events of that year stayed with me, everything from MLK and RFK being killed, to political protests, flower children and most of all the music, everything from Hey Jude to Harper Valley P.T.A., Joan Baez and Gordon Lightfoot.
    Ironically, perhaps, on September 30, I am going to a concert by Buffy Ste. Marie!
    –yeah, yeah, yeah, to quote my favourite all-time group!

    • Patricia,

      That’s for stopping by and the great comments. I agree ’68 was definitely one of those years that sticks with you. I remember standing in my grandmother’s kitchen and hearing the announcement on her Christian Music station about RFK’s assassination. And seeing about MLK when the news broke into our TV show with the announcement. Some things stick with you forever.

      I know everyone is biased to the music of their generation, but I really feel the music of the 60s and 70s is so indicative of the mood of the country and so full of expression. Joan Baez was one of my favorites, along with The Beatles, Creedence Clearwater, Rolling Stones, Steppenwolf, Van Morrison.

      Remember 8-track tapes? I don’t miss them at all. About the time you were really digging the tape, you’d pull the cassette out of the player and all the tape would come out with it. Blech!

  • I’m smack in the middle of the baby boom. I see Patricia mentioned Buffy Ste Marie. My best friend in hs was a huge fan and we listened to her LPs (remember those???) all the time. I was thinking of Buffy just the other day and wondering what had become of her.

    • Kim,

      Thanks for checking out our blog. Hope to see you back often.

      I still have a pile of those LPs I can’t stand to part with. Most of my favs, I’ve purchased from iTunes. It’s a sign of the times… (Petula Clark)

      Can you believe Buffy is still performing? Saw the other day that Linda Ronstadt was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Too sad.

  • I’m not a baby boomer, but you made me want to be! All of the amazing things you saw and went through – we had the grunge erea and the birth of the internet. Oh and not to forget – Reality TV! Gah! I think I’d rather went through the cold war. JK – that means Just Kidding in text talk. LOL

    • Busy Lady,

      You are so funny. Ha! Ha! (that’s the way we did it in the old days. Before texting was invented by someone in the generation before me.)

      I have so many fond memories of the 60s and 70s. Would not give that up for one minute. I love the Internet, cell phones and all the modern stuff of this generation, but am so happy we didn’t have them when I was growing up. I loved talking on the phone, writing letters, and communicating face-to-face. And getting the undivided attention of the person you were with.

      You have Reality TV, and we had variety shows. Loved Sonny and Cher and Laugh-In. Two of my favs.

  • Oh. . .My. . .Gosh, Tricia!

    Your post mirrors my own history as a Baby Boomer. I, too, fall in the upper middle of this fabulous generation! Yes, we are fabulous! :) But even though I’m beginning to show more of my age, I still feel young (or least much younger) inside.

    I’ve got lots and lots of “wants and desires” on my bucket list, and I’m sure gonna give it my best shot to achieve them all.

    Thanks for the walk down memory lane!

    Cheers!
    Donna

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