Saturday, March 10, 2012
Babyboomers - sheltered from life's fallout??
Most of our parents were either from the "Greatest Generation" or the "Silent Generation" memories of a depression, a world war, nuclear bomb, and holocaust was still heavy on their minds. World War 2 was over. Enter "The Cold War".
I attended a public school in San Francisco. Every child wore dog-tags, exactly like the military. It had our blood-type on it. We did monthly drills where each child would gather with their blood-type group. I was 0-neg. I remember there were only 2 of us in the whole school and the other person was a "yucky boy". We did the "duck and cover" in our classrooms as well. We also prepared for earthquakes. I know it's shocking that San Francisco, would be that prepared - and this was in the Haight-Ashbury, where I lived. Seems we were always doing drills! People made bomb shelters. As a child I remember worrying about Soviet Missiles - at a time when I should of been playing contently with my paper dolls or tinker toys. I remember seeing the movie "The Russians are coming-The Russians are coming" with my folks at a drive in. I mean our society was obsessed.
The cold war lasted from 1945 to 1991. I guess the height of it was in the 50's and 60's. I don't remember dog tags for my sons, or air raid drills in the classrooms when they attended school in the 80's and 90's.
Maybe being raised by parents who had seen so much, and been through so much, that made them spoil us. They wanted a better life for us. - literally "shelter" us from the bad parts of life they experienced. Maybe we blew it, I don't know but if we are the way we are, now maybe you'll try and understand us a little more.
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