Baby Boomers – How far have we come?

Website design By BotEap.comWere you born between 1946 and 1964? So, like my husband and I, you are one of nearly 75 million Americans in the Baby Boomer Generation. Think of all the changes you have seen!

Website design By BotEap.comYou were born just after the end of World War II, saw the beginning and end of the Korean War, and were there when the Vietnam War was being fought. You were born under one of these US presidents: Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower (remember “I Like Ike”), John F. Kennedy (“Camelot”), or Lyndon Johnson (“Great Society”). only $1,400 and gas for that car was 21 cents a gallon and milk 70 cents a gallon.

Website design By BotEap.comThose were the days when families were bigger and lived closer to each other. The grandparents were close. Tías and Tíos were closed. Family Christmas dinners often included a large table packed with food and people. When you went to a family picnic at the lake, you didn’t worry about locking your house when you left or locking your car when you were at the lake. Children were allowed to go out and play without their parents worrying about them.

Website design By BotEap.comBut the world has changed since then. Some changes have been good and others not so good. In the “good old days” we had to wash our clothes with a wringer washer and hang them on the clothesline to dry. We now have washers and dryers that are electronic and can wash and dry themselves. Can we buy a house for $12,500 now? Not hard, we can’t even buy a good lot to build a house for that kind of money. The median home price in the US is now $300,000! A new car costs about $30,000, and gasoline costs almost $2.50 a gallon. Good and bad, we have seen many changes.

Website design By BotEap.comWhat about entertainment back then? At the beginning of our Boomer generation, hardly anyone had a television. Sitting down to listen to the radio was a common nocturnal occupation. When you got your first TV, you needed “rabbit ears” or an antenna to bring in a local station. Now, watching TV means watching a cable channel or even playing a game on your Xbox or PlayStation. Telephones used to be big black monsters that sat on a living room table or hung on a wall. You shared your phone line with other people, which is why it was called a “shared line.” Now phones are pocket-sized, run from a satellite tower, and act like a computer. Come to think of it, computers, which didn’t exist in the form of a “personal computer” at the start of the boomer generation, are in the homes of most Americans today. All of these changes have led Americans to get instant information about activities around the world. Are these changes better or not? Sometimes we tend to think that we are in “information overload”. I think the first time I saw so much information on a single subject was when President Kennedy was assassinated. If you’re a Boomer, you probably remember exactly where you were and what you were doing on that date. I was in elementary school, reading aloud from our Bible Story book when the nun who was the convent cook came in and told our nun what had happened. We all kneel and pray. Come to think of it, even prayer has disappeared from our schools in the name of “Political Correctness.”

Website design By BotEap.comThe world of instant information has brought with it information that gives us opportunities to think, as well as fear for our safety. Random attacks occur all over the world and we start to wonder if we are safe anywhere. Our children are murdered in schools. People die in shopping malls. There are random shootings in almost every community. Entire families are devastated by these losses. We care about our families and how we can protect them.

Website design By BotEap.comDo we have to carry weapons? Gun laws are so twisted that if we use a gun for self-defense, we face the possibility of a lawsuit. Maybe we should consider non-lethal options like stun guns or pepper spray or even loud alarms or lights to stop an attack. The choice is yours.

Website design By BotEap.comSo Baby Boomers have seen a lot of changes in their years. Some have been good and some bad. We see the need to keep our families safe from different dangers that we knew in the past. But, as we always have, we will adapt!

Website design By BotEap.comI’ll be back with more information and safety ideas for Baby Boomers. I hope to see you then.

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