What's a baby boomer?

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.

8 thoughts on “What's a baby boomer?

  1. I’m single divorced and a full fledged boomer now that I receive my SS. I still work… Did we really think we could live a life off that whopping windfall?

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    1. Excellent question and a good idea for separate blog. I’ll include the concern in the next one and maybe we’ll get some ideas from others. So many articles tell you to save, but it’s not easy when living expenses are so high. I’m 65 and will start my SS at 66 in September. Right now, I’m living off my teacher’s retirement and it’s not a large amount. I downsized to a one bedroom apartment within walking distance of stores and the beach. I also live in a state with no State Income Tax and a fairly low cost-of-living. I wanted to retire before my body gave out, so I did, cut back drastically and await the day when my first SS check comes. If I didn’t have a small pension and money from the sale of my house, I would’ve been in tough shape this year. Do any other readers have ideas? Please help Vicki out.

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  2. Single means different things to different people. For those of us who have never married and are childless we need to develop a strong support network with our friends to help us as we age. I would love to talk with other singles who are over 55 and never married and are childless. There is a lot of stigma about the never married.

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    1. I agree with you Elaine. Even though I’ve been married and have grown children, I need to develop a totally new support network in my new home. My closest relatives are on the other side of the country. You should look up Bella DePaulo, an unmarried, childless, single’s advocate online and become a part of her, Community of Single People, on Facebook. However, don’t forget about us, please. I’m getting more information every day both on my Facebook page, Single Boomer Life, and this blog. Thank you so much for your comment. We really want your input and I feel that your concerns are great subjects for blogs. We Single Baby Boomers need to stick together.

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  3. I’m single divorced and coming in at the end of the boomer generation with a 1962 birthday. I’d love to connect with other singles who enjoy their lifestyle and would like to make new friends either virtually or in person. I live outside Seattle, on Whidbey Island.

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    1. Susan, it is so amazing we connected. I was just on Whidbey Island when I visited my son in Redmond, WA. A friend and I took a detour on our way to Whistler. You live in a beautiful place. I appreciate your joining my site. Please stay in touch with all of my readers through this page and my Facebook Page, which has the same name. I would also be happy to friend you on my personal Facebook site. Just send me a request. Have a great weekend. Linda Gerbi Lea

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  4. I’m single and come from the generation you refer to but absolutely hate the term “baby boomer” and am loath to identify as one. It seems infantalizing to all our lives still be referred to as “babies” and women marrying early and having tons of kids is not something I identify with. I wonder if I’m the only one who feels this way. Does anyone else secretly cringe at being referred to as a “baby boomer”?

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    1. Hi Monica, thanks for commenting. I don’t particularly like the name of our generation, but I like it better than “The Silent Generation”, which is what they call the one before ours. You may actually be part of the Generation Jones, a subcategory of the Baby Boomers.
      “Generation Jones is a term coined by the author Jonathan Pontell to describe the cohort of people born from approximately 1954 to 1965, while other sources place the start point after 1957. This group is essentially the latter half of the “Baby Boomers” to the first year of Generation X. Pontell defined Generation Jones as referring to the last years of the post–World War II baby boom.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generation_Jones
      Gabriel Spitzer in his article, A lost generation
      found: Meet the Joneses’Twixt Boomers and Gen-X–and unlike either wrote that “Generation Jones is distinguished by it pragmatism, its tempered skepticism, but perhaps most importantly by the quality of “Jonesing”—slang for a longing or craving.” http://www.medialifemagazine.com:8080/news2001/mar01/mar12/4_thurs/news3thursday.html You may want to read his article. It’s really interesting and would be a great idea for a blog. I know there are other people who feel like you. Keep the comments coming.

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