Friday, June 26, 2009

Top Ten Things Only Boomer Women Understand

This is a Top Ten List I saw on the website of my good friend and fellow Boomer Diva Nation member, babyboomerqueen.

10. Cats’ facial expressions

9. The need for the same style of shoes in different colors

8. Why bean sprouts aren’t just weeds

7. Fat clothes

6. Taking a car trip without trying to beat your best time

5. The difference between beige, off-white, and eggshell

4. Cutting your bangs to make them grow

3. Eyelash curlers

2. The inaccuracy of every bathroom scale ever made

1. Other women

***I decided to alter that list and create one of my own for my fellow baby boomer women***

10. What it means to have a bad hair day

9. The need for flat-heeled shoes

8. How to make leftovers taste better than the original meal

7. How to make fat clothes look chic

6. The difference between fat and pleasantly plump

5. What is means to have a "personal summer"

4. What it means to be uappreciated even when you give your all.

3. How to make aging look good

2. The inaccuracy of every bathroom scale ever made

1. What it means to have a real girlfriend

Please feel free to add to this..........

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Will Father's Day Someday Become Obsolete?

Today is the day children across America are celebrating their dads. Even though my dad is deceased, I still honor his memory because he was a great father who had a strong presence in my life.

But, unlike me, my daughter does not share that sentiment. She does not acknowledge her dad on this day---or any other day for that matter. Why? Because he was an absent father. Yes, we were married but his actions made him appear absent more often than not. When you see your mom struggle to make ends meet because dad doesn't pay child support, he doesn't try to stay in contact, doesn't participate in your school activities, or offer to help with college tuition, its easy to just forget rather than celebrate Father's Day.

The sad thing is there are many children who feel like my daughter and what's even worse is some children never have the benefit of knowing who their Father is because mama doesn't know. (Just watch a Maury show sometime).

A National Household Education Surveys Program shows that 28% percent of White students, 39% of Hispanic students, 69% of Black students, and 36% overall live without their fathers.

Here's another startling statistic from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy:

About 1.7 million babies were born to unmarried women in 2007, a 26 percent rise from 1.4 million in 2002 and more than double the number in 1980. Unmarried women accounted for 39.7 percent of all U.S. births in 2007 -- up from 34 percent in 2002 and more than double the percentage in 1980.

So you tell me, what does the future hold for Father's Day about 10 years from now?

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

You Know You're a Baby Boomer If...(Part II)

You rode in the back of the station wagon and you faced the cars behind you.

Schoolhouse Rock played a HUGE part in how you actually learned the English language.

A predominant color in your childhood photos is plaid.

You remember the Flinstones in Primetime.

You grew up with neighbors you actually knew by first and last name.

You had a rotary dial telephone.

You weren't considered fashionable if you didn't own a pair of black & white saddle shoes or a pair of stride rites.

Good TV reception came with a pair of pliers and a coat hanger.

There was such a thing as penny candy--and you could always stock up.

You remember the oil crisis in 1973--which resulted in the price of oil per barrel to rise from $3.00 to $12.00 (The price of gas was $0.24 in 1957--the year I was born).

If you're still making the hand gestures every time you hear the Y.M.C.A. Song.

You know you're a baby boomer if garters were how you held up your hose. (Thanks to @LeslieLSC from Twitter)

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

You Know You're a Baby Boomer If...

You've seen every Brady Bunch episode at least twice.

You remember Michael Jackson when he was black.

You remember Sally Field as The Flying Nun.

You remember when VCR's cost $2000!

You remember cigarette commericals on TV.

You owned a pair of pedal pushers--or at least know what they are.

Your investment in health insurance is finally beginning to pay off.

Your back goes out more than you do.

You finally got your head together, now your body is falling apart.

It takes twice as long to look half as good.

Many of your co-workers were born the same year that you got your last promotion.

The clothes you've put away until they come back in style... have come back in style.

The pharmacist has become your new best friend.

You come to the conclusion that your worst enemy is gravity.

You quit trying to hold your stomach in, no matter who walks into the room.