Who said the ‘Silent Generation’ is silent

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A lot of us have spent time trying to determine whether we are classified as belonging to the Silent, the Millennial, the Gen X generations, or if any generation classification at all. By my guideline I guess I would fall into the Silent Generation gap which I am told covers somewhere between shortly after the Depression to a few years past the conclusion of WWII.
I know it’s difficult to picture me as silent since I am a former newspaperman, but the word “silent” in this case meant we were not involved in protests and mass demonstrating. Most were just glad they survived the Depression, a war, and other hardships. They were able to get back to somewhat of quiet life with having a job; raising a family; and growing a quality lifestyle.
What about today’s generation? I found the best description for this age. It was called this: “The age of activity addiction.” I would say this title is appropriate for a generation that has found itself swamped with the pursuit of activities.
“More” seems to be the word of today. More activities . . . more families with both parents busy working and still trying to find time to pursue more accomplishments . . . and their want list just continues to grow.
Unfortunately all these “more” pursuits have resulted in LESS . . .  one of which is the much-needed simple time with our families.
We look back and realize without young kids in the family, life can be pretty quiet and sometimes even boring around the old household. A couple of the following observations drew a smile as I thought of the “good old days” when our young’uns were still in the household.
Becoming bored on a long auto trip, a small boy suddenly said to his father who was behind the wheel: “I wish you’d let Mom drive. It’s more exciting.”
One family had no trouble getting Junior to take his bath. They referred to his bath as an “amphibious operation.”
Oct. 16 is National Bosses Day. That day in our household will not create too much celebration from me. The Betterhalf will try to dispute the following statement, but I’m being honest when I claim, “Every day she is the boss in our household.”
  RL Furse  is publisher emeritus of the News-Register

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