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Baby Boomer

by Kay~Kacey on 1/9/2008


Since I decided to keep the focus of this blog on those of us reaching that next stage of life. You know, life after raising the kids…I thought I’d give you a bit of info about who/what Baby Boomers are.

A weird term. It’s a term for people born between 1946 and 1964 or 1965 depending on who you talk to. Born after World War II. The peak number of births (in the Unites States) for this time frame was 1957 with 4,300,000 in the US. In the UK it peaked in 1947. So Boomers would now be about 43 through 62 years old. Give or take on your definition. (and who exactly comes up with these definitions? Do some statisticians argue about whether it ended in 1964 or 1965, and does anyone really care? Unless someone born in 1965 is longing to be labeled a Boomer…)

Baby Boomers have parents that live longer, children that seek a longer college education, and Baby Boomers themselves have had their children later in life. (As a whoppingly big generalization. ) Many of us find ourselves in the “sandwich generation”. Helping with the care of our parents, as well as our children.

We were the first generation to be raised with TV in our houses. We had Leave it to Beaver and the Mouseketeers. Rock ‘n Roll was our music. We had the Beatles and Woodstock.
Anyway, all those facts roll up into what our lives are like now. What defining events do you remember about being a Baby Boomer? The day JFK was shot? First launch to the moon? The Beatles separate. The Vietnam war. What are some big events that you remember?

And do you like the term Baby Boomer anyway???

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Suzanne January 9, 2008 at 7:48 am

I’m at the very last year of it, so I’ve always felt a little like I was lumped in a group I didn’t quite to belong to, and yet in some ways I do. It’s kind of weird being on the fringe of the range. I figure people on the other end of the range feel the same way. I don’t know why we couldn’t get a more cool term like GenX. :mad2:

kacey January 9, 2008 at 8:18 am

Yes, GenX is a much cooler term than Baby Boomer, isn’t ti? I mean, I understand how the term came about, a bunch of babies were born after WWII, but still, they could have come up with a better name for it…

Tori Lennox January 9, 2008 at 10:12 am

I was never quite sure if I was a Boomer or not. But apparently, I am. :) I vaguely remember the moon landing. I’m not sure how old I was at the time, but I remember we watched it on TV.

And I’d rather be a GenX-er than a Boomer, too. At least as far as the terminology is concerned. :)

LauraP January 9, 2008 at 12:23 pm

Baby Boomer never resonated as an ID with me, maybe because I’m at the tail end. But sandwich generation . . . oh yeah.

kacey January 9, 2008 at 12:36 pm

Laura, yeah, the sandwich generation can really get to you, can’t it? Torn in so many different directions!

Kathleen January 16, 2008 at 2:20 pm

I remember all of those things JFK shooting I was in the second grade, I remember the landing on the moon very well, that was exciting for me. The Beatles yes, I was too young to be aware of Woodstock until much later. All of those bring memories. I also had my only son when I was thirty which I guess puts me right into that category. When my son left for college I knew I was in a totally new phase of my life and I have jumped gladly into that roll. I’m hoping that I will soon be working from home on my own business.

Pam Archer February 11, 2008 at 11:36 pm

Hi Kacey,

Thank you for commenting on http://www.homespunhighlights.wordpress.com

I have spent some time on your page and you have some good tips, particularly for blogging. Thank you for sharing what you have learned with those of us who are new to blogging.

I don’t mind being called a Baby Boomer! I don’t mind being called anything, as long as I’m still being called! LOL

Pam Archer,
http://www.idoweddings.com

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