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They Call Us, “The Elderly”

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Submitted by Julie Fink-Brantley

They call us, “The Elderly”

We were born in the forties, fifties, and sixties. We grew up in the fifties, sixties, and seventies. Studied in the sixties, seventies, and eighties.

We dated in the seventies, eighties, and nineties, then got married and discovered the world in the seventies, eighties, and nineties.

We venture into the eighties, and nineties, stabilize in the two-thousands, and got wiser in the two-thousand tens. Now we are going firmly through and beyond twenty-twenty.

Turns out we’ve 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 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, color TV and then to 3D HD TV.

We went to the Video store, and now we watch Netflix.

We got to know the first computers, punch cards, floppy disks, and now we have gigabytes on our smartphones.

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

We rode skates, tricycles, bicycles, mopeds, petrol, 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 “exennials”; people who were born in that world of the fifties, who had an analog childhood and a digital adulthood.

We have kind of “Seen-It-All”!

Our generation has literally lived through and witnessed more than any other in every dimension of life.

It is our generation that has truly adapted to “change”.

A big round of applause to all the members of a very special generation, which will be unique.

Keep on keeping on! MSN

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