Boomer Humor? Maybe not…


Yesterday, I received an e-mail newsletter from BOOMERING_jaLouthain that said the following:

A few weeks ago, I was watching an episode of that crazy TV show Boston Legal. The law firm, Crane, Poole & Schmidt, was defending a radio “shock jock”. He wasn’t a very young man, maybe in his late 30s, and he had made a statement on the air that old folks (like Boomers) should “just die” before they cost the nation so much in social security benefits and medical expenses. The radio station had fired him because he offended much of their listening audience which was in the Baby Boomer category. Shirley Schmidt, (aka, Candice Bergen, the quintessential Boomer, born in 1946) defended him and he won, because the radio station hired him to shock and that’s what he’d done.

Despite the fact that I totally believe in freedom of speech, I was shocked–shocked to think that he had a point. Boomers have always been the darlings of society–pampered, educated, admired, envied, even patronized. But now we’re just old folks like every other generation before us.

You audacious Generations Xers, Yers, XXLers, and Zers! Have you so quickly forgotten that we’ve given you the Internet, video games, remarkable health care, excellent working conditions and infinite electronic and satellite capabilities? Now that we’re old and retiring, you just want us gone?

It’s true, we will put a tremendous drain on Social Security and Medicare, there’s no question of that. And don’t expect medical and insurance costs to go down until the last one of us is a flower child in heaven. But have a heart, “Younguns,” we still have feelings, and we hope to have a lot more years to live as your parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. And don’t forget the most important aspect of all this: Someday you TOO will be old.

While this is being said in a tongue-in-cheek way, after the things that I have been reading in cyberspace, the comments here have a sting to them. I’m particularly bothered by the comment of the “things” that we have given as well as the comment that both, Social Security and Medicare will be nearly depleted. In all honesty, I’m not sure what to say or how to react. While a baby boomer will find it funny, the fact that we also brought a lot of pain to our children cannot be dismissed. Many of the articles and blogs that I’ve read speak of the pain caused by broken homes as a result of divorce. Other articles ask what will be left for them after we are done using up Social Security and Medicare and who is going to be left footing the bill.

I think that it is time for the Baby Boomers to look at the Generation X’s square in the face and say “I’m sorry.” Beyond that, I think it is time for the baby boomers to stop and listen to what the Gen. X’es have to say – they are , after all, our children.

Your turn to talk – What do you think?

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For parents and grandparents – The Easy-Bake Oven recall

Grandparenting Today – Easy-Bake Oven could mean trouble for your Grandchild: Find out why. This is an article I read in the 55-Alive web site. At first, I did not pay much attention to it; for me, it was just another toy recall.

This morning, just as I was about to leave for work, I saw it – the Easy Bake Oven box. It was right there in my granddaughters toy cupboard and the sight of it stopped me cold. I remembered the article and then my mind took over in all kinds of scenarios, none of them nice or pleasant. The article talks about several children that got second and third-degree burns due to the toy. Here is the nightmare scenario that sent chills down my spine.

Suppose that your child or grandchild gets hurt as a result of that toy. You then, would probably take her to the hospital emergency room. As she is being treated, the doctor has to make a determination. That determination is whether the child has been the victim of child abuse. You see, medical personnel are required by law to report suspected child abuse cases and one of the more common injuries in those cases is – second and third degree burns.

The medical personnel can believe you but, be bound by professional ethics as well as hospital policy to “play it safe” and contact Child Protective Services. Depending on the situation, whether they believe you or not, they may have no option but to report. Once Child Protective Services is involved, we are talking about the very real possibility of losing custody of your children or grandchildren.

The sad thing about this is that, in this day and age, we can no longer discard this as an over-the-top alarmist scenario. Find those toys and make sure they are safe before they hurt your loved ones!

What do you think?
Does your child or grandchild have an Easy Bake Oven?
If so, what did you do with it?
Have you talked to a friend or loved one about the recall?
What was their reaction?