February 22, 2021 — Seventy five years ago last summer GIs from America and around the world starting returning home after fighting WWII. It didn’t take them long to resume normal life, where they quickly produced a wave of newborns the likes of which had never been seen before – the baby boom. Fast forward to 2021, where we are beginning to celebrate the seventy-fifth birthdays of that first crop of baby boomers. Happy birthday everybody.
We don’t know what it was like in your elementary school classrooms, but in ours the impact of the baby boom was immediate and obvious. Our older sisters, created on shore leave, arrived in 1944 and 1945. Their classrooms had half the number of pupils of our 1946 born brother, and every other class after that. Our classrooms were jammed with kids.
Officially, baby boomers are those folks born between 1946 and 1964. There were originally 76 million of us with about 71.2 million today (Pew Research 2020). While until recently we were the largest demographic group in the U.S., Millennials (1981-1996) recently took over that claim with the 72.6 million in that grouping.
It is a little hard to fathom that our generation of iconoclasts and creators of groundbreaking social change is turning 75 (an age which was definitely old when we were young). It has been a good ride, but time to turn things over to Generation X, the Millienials, and our grandchildren. Just as long as none of the say to us, OK Boomer!
Comments? Do you have any thoughts or remembrances of being a baby boomer. Are you OK with realizing we are not young (in body anyway) anymore. Feel free to share in the Comments section below.