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generation X made for this

April 11th, 2020 at 12:00 am

I read all these articles talking about how generation Xers have been made for this moment. Staying at home, doing nothing. That we were born and raised to it. Truth. It was funny they called us the least parented generation. We were the kids raised latch key because women were either going to the workforce or they were getting divorced and going back to work.

We were the generation of kids who rode the bus, made a snack, did our homework, often did laundry, helped with dinner, etc. We just knew how to do everything. Funny I'd forgotten what it was like but really that was us. As a generation we were independent and content to be at home alone. To be home and solo. We knew how to entertain ourselves without internet. We watched a lot of tv sure but we did a lot of other stuff too. Even now I see fellow generation Xers relaxing and talking about how this reminds them of then.

And further? We now have to yell at our boomer parents. I write this because I have been arguing with my boomer mother about how she had to go out today to drop off her taxes to get done. Why? I said stay home. She said I have to go out everyday to get the paper. I said order it. I said I'll order it. NO she says. I need to go out grocery shopping. Unable to stay at home, feeling confident and honestly not "old" these boomers are more vibrant than past generations. They don't feel "old". They don't feel like they should be part of the "danger" group.

If I could slap my head I would. But for everyone out there arguing with their parents I feel your pain! Ugh this is the only place I can vent I feel. That and my DH who is also venting a bit at his parents. But they don't feel old or in need of sheltering. They feel great and healthier than ever.

4 Responses to “generation X made for this”

  1. VS_ozgirl Says:

    My FIL put his wife into a home the week before the corona virus impacted us. He had no idea of what was going to happen, her dementia just deteriorated rapidly and he could not give her the care she needed. A blessing really but he is lost and also feels he must go everywhere! So we are constantly on the phone and trying to talk some sense into him - so we definitely feel your pain.

  2. CB in the City Says:

    The truth is they are not just protecting themselves by not going out, but protecting others to whom they might spread the virus, even though they are feeling fine. Maybe if you can emphasize the "helping others" aspect, it might get through.

    FYI, I'm a boomer, and I'm perfectly happy staying home! I've always been this way, so I'm adapting well to this new normal. I do have friends my age who are struggling with what they feel is giving up their independence. But it's not forever! Sheesh!

  3. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    No they are definitely protecting themselves. My dad is in the highest risk age group and everytime we've visited my in-laws they've gotten sick. They called us the plague. Apparently having children means lots of germs.

  4. rob62521 Says:

    I'm at the end of the Boomer generation. But, I can say the hardest part of missing church. I grew up staying home -- we didn't have money to do a lot of things so I learned to entertain myself. I watch a neighbor who runs all day. Granted, she lives alone, but her business is closed so she isn't going to work. It frustrates me because she is probably endangering herself as well as making this last longer for the rest of us. Some other neighbors are probably Gen Xer's and the wife is blatantly cheating on her husband and runs like there is no shelter in place for us. Kids either have friends over or go over to others' houses. I think this is more frustrating than being at home because if they are doing it, I'm sure many more are.

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