Baby Boomers, children born between 1946 and 1964, have been the largest portion of our population until this year when, according to the Pew Research Center, Millennials threaten to overtake us. Why do we exist in such large numbers?
When World War II ended on August 14th, 1945 our troops came back to their sweethearts and, “the cry of the baby was heard across the land,” wrote historian Landon Jones. Aided by the GI Bill, signed June 22nd,1944 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, vets were entitled to a monthly living allowance and tuition for training or retraining, up to 50 percent off loans for homes, farms and businesses, unemployment allowances, counseling, job recruiting services and better hospitals. The GI Bill also strengthened the Veteran’s Administration ability to provide these benefits promptly and efficiently.
Our parents, the Silent Generation, as they’re called-a demeaning name in my opinion-effectively used these benefits to insure that we’re here today. Suburbs sprang up and as children we safely played in our neighborhoods and enjoyed a carefree life. This is not to say that this was the way of life for everyone. Poverty and discrimination existed in all parts of the country, but most Baby Boomers are presented in the media as middle class white children who went on to an institution of higher learning, married and found a fulfilling job, but not all Boomers were so lucky.
However, we’re a resilient lot. Not even threat of nuclear war dampened our childhood, but as we grew older, feelings of rebellion surfaced. Vietnam, Women’s and Black Rights became major issues. War and discrimination had been around since the beginning of time, but we felt that we could do something about them. As we became young adults and moved out of our parent’s homes, we wanted to change the world. Peaceful change was our goal, but it didn’t always work out as we had planned.
I don’t think that I have to give you a history lesson for you to remember the events of those days. You lived them and can read about them on many websites. My goal is to open a forum for Single Baby Boomer to discuss how life is for us now. Memories and statistics will come into play, but mainly I want us to share experiences, desires, needs and all types of information. I also don’t discriminate when it comes to those in any type of relationship, even marriage. We’ve all been single at some point.
Please leave comments on this blog and answer questions on my Facebook Page, Single Boomer Life. I also invite you to offer suggestions for blogs. My first question is: The Single Baby Boomer of today-Who are you? I’d say that, “I’m a divorced, retired educator who wants to travel and live a peaceful beach life. I’m in rediscovery mode. I feel like a teenager trying to decide what comes next.” You may be a semi-retired banker who rides a Harley and plays in a band on the weekends. So it’s your turn. If you join the blog or Facebook Page later, feel free to answer this question then, so we know who we have as followers.
Thanks for joining my adventure.