Wednesday, February 1, 2017

It's a Crime...

Well, not a crime, but maybe a pity. I mean that there are times, I suppose, when there is a change in people's habits, such as the present day. I'm thinking of how our generation's parents gave us china, crystal and sterling for wedding gifts. And we used it on special occasions. That's what it was for, to make that occasion stand out. Of course, it was work to take care of it, hand washing and polishing. That was really before dishwashers were installed in every house and so many things became throwaway. So we would have washed the dishes anyway. Now nobody has any desire to hand wash dishes. In fact, if they can use a paper plate and plastic, that would be the choice.

We, in our generation, used paper plates for picnics. I'm talking about the so-called Silent Generation, those born between 1925 and 1945. We were young children in the 1940's (so we remember WWII) and teenagers in the 1950's.(So we remember Korea and the Cold War)  In the early 1960's we were the cool, sophisticated young adults.  By the late 1960's the Baby Boomer generation overshadowed us and we are seldom noticed.

But, explanations aside, there is a great difference between those in the Millenium generation (children of Baby Boomers) and our generation. Since there have been so many changes since then, I'm afraid that although we can understand people younger, they have a hard time or just can't understand us.

I suppose that in part, this is what happens when you age. Your generation starts dying off and you become a caricature! I'm thinking now of all the books that annoy me by picturing a grandmother as having a living room with antimacassars and rocking chairs. That was probably the previous generation. Our generation are grandparents, but we listened to Elvis Presley and Fats Domino and danced to the Peppermint Twist. I suppose Millenials would ask "Who?"

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