I am a Boomer and I have reached the stage in my life where I am more than ready to turn over the reins. I come from a very large; very large, family.
We combine Thanksgiving each year with our annual Family Reunion.
I remember quite fondly the first time I graduated to being the host of our Thanksgiving – Family Reunion dinner. It was my right of passage into
true adulthood. I was no longer a youngster that needed my hand held, or to be guided. I was being recognized and accepted as an adult in my clan. It
Well, a lot of years have come and gone since then. During that time I raised children of my own. I took that responsibility quite seriously, maybe
even a bit more seriously than they would have liked. I was huge, alright; I was obsessive about personal responsibility. I would never condone a poor
behavior choice, with the excuse of, “They did it to me first!” I lived for trying to prepare my children for a life that I knew was not going to
be easy for them, because all of them were stepping out on their journey with baggage that the world would try to use to keep them weighed down. I did
everything I could to teach them to swim with an anchor on their back , as if it were a beach ball. Now the time has come to pass the baton.
This is going to be the first Thanksgiving-Family Reunion where the kids are going to be doing everything themselves. I know that I have a tendency to
be a little verbose in my post. It is extremely difficult for me to get my point across without a bit of a backstory. Not that it has ever stopped the
fly-by post from the person with the odd sense of humor or the unavoidable troll, however, I try to let you know where my heads is at the time of the
post to help with your understanding of where I am coming from.
I came across this article on the Internet and I found it very interesting. Though I don’t agree with everything it has to say, I do think they are
fairly accurate on many of their observations. It identifies what it says are the six different generations alive today.
The Six Living Generations
Generation Z/Boomlets. Born after 2001* In 2006 there were a record number of births in the US and 49% of those born were Hispanic, this
will change the American melting pot in terms of behavior and culture. The number of births in 2006 far outnumbered the start of the baby boom
generation, and they will easily be a larger generation. Since the early 1700’s the most common last name in the US was ‘Smith’ but not
anymore, now it is Rodriguez. There are two age groups right now: (a) Tweens. (a1) Age 8-12 years old. (a2) There will be an estimated
29 million tweens by 2009. (a3) $51 billion is spent by tweens every year with an additional $170 billion spent by their parents and family
members directly for them. (b)Toddler/Elementary school age. 61 percent of children 8-17 have televisions in their rooms. 35 percent have
video games. 14 percent have a DVD player. 4 million will have their own cell phones. They have never known a world without computers and cell
phones. Have Eco-fatigue: they are actually tired of hearing about the environment and the many ways we have to save it. With the advent of
computers and web based learning, children leave behind toys at younger and younger age. It’s called KGOY-kids growing older younger, and many
companies have suffered because of it, most recognizable is Mattel, the maker of Barbie dolls. In the 1990’s the average age of a child in their
target market was 10 years old, and in 2000 it dropped to 3 years old. As children reach the age of four and five, old enough to play on the computer,
they become less interested in toys and begin to desire electronics such as cell phones and video games. They are Savvy consumers and they know
what they want and how to get it and they are over saturated with brands.
Around ATS, it is common to hear statements being made that blame the present condition of our world on a huge variety of things, people and events.
Of course the fingers rarely point towards the person posting, sometimes, but not often. It is starting to feel like too many of us have become too
willing and accepting of being victims.
I am very troubled by the condition of the world we live in. Many of my generation has feared and we have fought and resisted much of what is taking
place right now. Did we make mistakes? Yes. Tons of them. Not because we were greedy and self-centered, but because we wanted to give so much more
than we ever had.
We grew up with so little that almost every second of our day was to work. It was about taking care of self, family and by necessity, neighbor. We
didn’t have TV to entertain us. We had dreams, and the Sears and Montgomery Wards catalogs; our glimpse into the world of the rich, our secret
We struggled and we succeeded. We had children of our own and we swore our children would never have to struggle the way we did. We tried to give them
all the niceties of life that we could only wish for, from a catalog of dreams. We thought it would make them better and happier than us. If we failed
it wasn’t for lack of trying.
When I look at the descriptions of the generations before me, I see how they impacted me. When I look at the generations after me, I see our failures
and our successes. Many may not agree with me, but I do believe that we are responsible for the generations to come. Not just in how we prepare them,
but how we prepare the world they will have to live in. I used to think we did a truly lousy job of it. Maybe I was wrong. Yes we made mistakes, but
they are mistakes that our children can see were made, because we loved them, and hopefully part of the legacy we leave, will be a lesson is what not
It is going to be a very interesting Thanksgiving this year