We Boomerangers fit most easily in the Baby Boom 1946-1964. While I am a few months ahead of the official start of the Boom, and have always felt its “hot breath” on my neck, I’m also the daughter and granddaughter of Boomerangers. How can women of three generations whose life spans stretch back over 140 years to the end of the Civil War have anything to do with those born during the Baby Boom? What do my mother and my grandmother have in common with the Boomers? And why am I calling all of us Boomerangers?
For those of us who have a Boomeranger stage of mind, it’s all about how we view life and little about the numbers. For my Grandmother and Mom, it’s how they continued to develop as human beings—always considering themselves becoming fuller and fuller people. It’s how they viewed themselves as always aiming to enhance their lives and the lives of those around them even as they edged toward triple digits.
The Baby Boom generation has similar characteristics. We are famous for our no holds barred approach to life. Where there is a roadblock we leap over it or knock it aside. Where there is a stop sign, we pause for a moment and then speed ahead. We see obstacles as challenges to be explored and sources of innovation. We’ve soared into outer space and delved into the mysteries of inner space.
We created The New Age. We created the Internet Age. We’ve often been mocked and reduced to a marketable “style,” but without us there would be no Title VII (equal employment) or Title IX (equal education). There would be no Roe V. Wade. There would not be an environmental movement or Green Consciousness. There would be no policy or services helping abused children or women or elders. We see a problem. We work to fix it. We don’t always get it right, but we are not complacent. And we don’t give up.