Sunday, March 22, 2015

"Children are the rainbow of life; Grandchildren are the pot of gold." -Irish Blessing

Bob Ellis reports that his Eleven year old grandson David, who is in the 5th grade made all A's on his report card!  His lowest grade all year was a 97!

Bob is rightly proud as can be of David!

As a matter if fact, reports of brilliant grandchildren have been flooding into the corporate offices here at the CHS54 complex for several years now...which leads me to a favorite theory of mine about this new generation.
The "WE" generation?

But first, no one knows what to call it, (the new generation) because it doesn't have a name yet.  I don't know who, or how, generations get their names, but Mary Meehan, writing in Forbes Magazine last year suggests the name "WE" Generation, because the kids now coming up are so digitally "connected" to each other...(social media, iPhones, etc...)

Meehan is not sure how the various generation's names finally "stick," but lists them in more or less their official order:

Matures. Born on or before 1945, Matures lived through (some of ) the Depression and WWII, events that marked all who lived through the 30s and 40 with an outlook of uncertainty.
Baby Boomers

Baby Boomers. Born between 1946 and 1964, the fifties post-war era of Baby Boomers’ youth was a time of massive growth and prosperity. As they grew up, especially in the 60s, this huge age cohort took part in a massive rebellion against all the rules and regulations their parents struggled hard for.
Gen Xers

Gen Xers were born between 1965 and 1977. There were fewer of them than there were Baby Boomers, and while living in the shadow of Boomers, it felt harder to know or understand them. Hence the name that caught on for this group has an X, signifying an unknown.

Millennials were born between 1978 and 1995, as a new millennium was dawning. The world flattened and globalization exploded.

Meehan writes that our youngest generation, those born after 1995, haven't lived long enough to have done anything that has defined them so far.  "However, a number of names have already been suggested:  Digitals, iGen, Selfies, Tweenials, Hashtagers, Homelanders, Evernets, Plurals, Globalists, and 20firsters."

Now, about that theory of mine:
Baby Boomers
I would never question the wisdom of Mother Nature; but I believe that during the hectic days of WW2 she was having to work so hard and fast, grinding out newborns that the quality of her work suffered a bit.  (Now, don't get me wrong, there were some great ones that came off the assembly line during those years, but there were more than usual factory rejects  that slipped through.) I believe we can all agree to that.

Now (and this is my theory)...I'm convinced that Mama Earth is in the process of "making up" for
that oversight by turning out the smartest and finest batch of future Americans in our nation's history; which is exactly what it's going to take to save this country.