Who said the ‘Silent Generation’ is silent

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.
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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.”
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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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