Lots of talk about Baby Boomers...doom and and portending gloom. I'm on the fringe of this generation.
Those serving in WW I, coined by Gertrude Stein about American writers: Fitzgerald, Hemingway. Came of age during the war.
- The G I Generation (born 1901 or 1929 - 1924 -27, those serving in WW II, 1939 - 1945). Living during the Depression. "Sacrifice for the common good."
- The Silent Generation (children of WW I vets or those too young to serve, born 1925 - 1945). They grew up as the suffocated children of war and depression. For a great PPT, with period photos see: Silent Generation. They came of age just too late to be war heroes and too early to be hippies.
- Baby Boomers (post WW II; 1946 - 1955, or 1966 in Canada.) After the vets came home, there was a population boom. Read The Baby Boomers' Tab.
|Nanny, foster mother to 200 teen girls|
-who gave me a black doll.
She was wise and good-hearted.
- Generation Jones (1954 - 1964) Coined by Jonathon Pontell, in a book by the same name. As in 'Keeping up with the Joneses'. Those with maxed credit cards and incredible debt. The flower children of the 60s were truly in their teens and twenties. They are part of the baby Boom generation.
- Gen X'ers (born between 1965 - 1980) - to the decade following the Vietnam War, 1982 max) Sandwiched between 80 million baby boomers and 78 million millennials, Gen X has just 46 million members. They were feeling left out and Jeff Gordonier ranted in an essay and book " being heard over the media din about boomers and their offspring, Generation Y, or "millennials" as they're now known, isn't just a challenge, it's annoying. He felt overlooked and underappreciated.
- Generation Y (Late 70s to 2000) or Echo Boomers, The Millennials. Selfless or self-absorbed?
|Her stitches were tiny and true|
My generation spear-headed the movement for midwives, giving birth with husbands present. My generation of dads changed diapers, and fed expressed breast milk to their children while we were out taking courses to upgrade, doing volunteer work, night shifts, or networking to keep current.
I was upset, as my generation has helped move us into the age of technology.
Me and my bro
My generation of parents uses FB to keep in touch with adult children around the world. With extended family, in-laws and step-in-laws, my kids have learned to 'like' my videos and our photos, with settings geared so that 'friends of friends' can view this digital archive of child development. In this way, grandparents in other countries and climes can check in on grandkids!
My son-in-law got on Skype on my computer so that granddaughter could visit with the other grandmother, when they spent two weeks with us.
I'm proud of our generation. We are eating better, exercising, running marathons (well, not me...!), travelling (ditto!), and making a difference in the world helping support one another, and contributing to society.
Public opinion rarely considers the needs of the next generation or the history of the last. It is frequently hampered by myths and misinformation, by stereotypes and shibboleths, and by an inate resistance to innovation.
What are you proud of in your generation?