Guest Author: Ken Myers
Many of us from the Baby Boomer generation are finding that our roles have begun to change. I know not all of us grew up the same, but I do know that the times we grew up in were a much more care free time. We are part of a very blessed generation that generally always had plenty, but not so much that it spoiled us. We did not have the technology but we had wonderful times and memories that can not be replaced.
I can not speak for everyone from the Baby Boomer generation, but I believe I speak for most in saying it was the best of times. Unless you were raised in a big city you probably have memories of doors that were never locked during the day. We did not have a million television stations and there were no video games so we spent most of our free time outside, and our dinner bell was the street lights. If our parents wanted us they whistled, and we were not allowed so far away that we could not hear that whistle unless we had prior permission. When we went trick or treating we got invited in for some real homemade treats like popcorn balls, homemade bread straight out of the oven with fresh butter, or a cauldron of yummy punch and fresh baked cookies.
We also climbed trees, which is something most parents today put on the taboo list for their children, and yes, we did break bones. We had a wonderful time just being kids. In some places you could walk home from grade school for lunch, and they trusted you to get there, eat, and get back. There were all kinds of new and interesting candies coming out during our lifetime as well, ah, the candy. And our recycling consisted of taking back soda pop bottles for a nickel and then loading up on those two for a penny candies in the barrels at the five and dime stores, or the corner grocer. Our parents did make us brush our teeth often and we did require a regular visit to the dentist, but most made it through with all of their teeth intact.