Poem: “The Elderly” (But Boomers Are So Much More) 

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They call us “The Elderly.” 

We were born in the 40s, 50s and 60s.  

We grew up in the 50s, 60s and 70s. 

We studied in the 60s, 70s and 80s. 

We dated, got married, and discovered the world in the 70s, 80s and 90s.  

We ventured into the 80s and 90s, and we stabilized in the 2000s.  

We got wiser in the 2010s and we are going firmly through and beyond 2020.

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Turns out we “elderly” have lived through EIGHT different decades… TWO different centuries… TWO different millennia…  

We have gone from the telephone with an operator for long-distance calls to video calls to anywhere in the world.  

We have gone from projector slides to YouTube, from vinyl records to online music, from handwritten letters to email and WhatsApp.  

From live matches on the radio, to black and white TV, to color TV and then to 3D HDTV. We went to the video store and now we watch Netflix.  

We “elderly” got to know the very first computers (which filled a whole room and used punch cards), then in-home computers with 64K floppy disks. Now we have gigabytes and megabytes on our smartphones. 

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We wore shorts throughout our childhoods and then long trousers, Oxfords, flares, shell suits, and blue jeans.  

We dodged infantile paralysis, meningitis, polio, tuberculosis, swine flu, and now COVID-19 and all its variants.  

We rode skates, tricycles, bicycles, mopeds, drove gas or diesel cars and now we drive hybrids or electric.  

Yes, we’ve been through a lot but what a great life we’ve had!  

They could describe us as similar to “xennials.” Born in the 1950s, we had an analog childhood and a digital adulthood.  

We’ve kind of “seen-it-all”! Our generation has literally lived through and witnessed more than any other in every dimension of life.  

Our generation has literally adapted to CHANGE.  

A big round of applause to all the members of a very special generation, which is UNIQUE!  

–Author unknown 

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