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Hip baby boomers shun `granny' names
Houston Chronicle ^ | 3/20/04 | ELLEN WARREN

Posted on 03/22/2004 10:16:29 AM PST by qam1

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To: qam1
My mother didn't want to be called grandma (or anything close to it) when my niece and nephew were born around 20 years ago. They called their grandparents by their first names. She thought she was too young to be a grandmother.

My mom wanted to be called a grandma like name when I had my kids started talking 7 years ago. I had my kids call her by her first name also. It would have been too confusing to have 1/2 the grandkids calling her one thing and the younger 1/2 calling her something else.

I thought my mom was rather vain for not wanting to be called grandma.
221 posted on 03/22/2004 6:11:53 PM PST by luckystarmom
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To: qam1
From the generation that wanted to be perceived of as their kids' friends and not parents. Now they want to be their kids' kids' friends.
222 posted on 03/22/2004 6:22:32 PM PST by weegee (From the way the Spanish voted - it seems that the Europeans do know there is an Iraq-Al Qaida link.)
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To: qam1
could you put me on your ping list please??

I am a GenXer supreme

223 posted on 03/22/2004 6:41:17 PM PST by Alkhin (He thinks I need keeping in order.)
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To: qam1
My grandfather was born in 1925 and he was in WWII.
224 posted on 03/22/2004 6:43:58 PM PST by Dan from Michigan (""I don't need no doctor"")
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To: Alkhin
You are added, Welcome to the ping list
225 posted on 03/22/2004 6:59:58 PM PST by qam1 (Tommy Thompson is a Fat-tubby, Fascist)
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To: qam1
Thank you! This is something I wanted to eventually drum up stuff on with my 80s blog...but I have been so busy lately that I have had a time keeping up with all that's happening.

Its a bit silly looking right now, because I havent put any posts in for a few weeks now, but here it is:

Back to the 80s:Get Thee to a DeLorean!

226 posted on 03/22/2004 7:18:26 PM PST by Alkhin (He thinks I need keeping in order.)
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To: Alkhin
Okay...put in a placeholder doesnt look so funny now...
227 posted on 03/22/2004 7:22:28 PM PST by Alkhin (He thinks I need keeping in order.)
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To: qam1; potlatch
I just learned through some newly found writings from my Swedish great-grandfather that their traditional system was to refer to the grandparents in terms of their relationship to the child's parents. Farmor=father's mother; Farfar=father's father; Mormor=mother's mother; Morfar=mother's father. A proud American after his emigration, he preferred to be called "Grandfather."
228 posted on 03/22/2004 7:47:34 PM PST by ntnychik
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To: cupcakes
I forgot, boomers do no wrong. There are no selfish boomers(or even a trend in that generation towards being at the least incredibly self-centered). Boomers only have their children and grandchildren's best interest at heart.

You young whippersnappers have no appreciation for the sacrifices our generation made for you when we were your age. Back in the time of Vietnam we got up every morning at 10 am to mix acid and carry heavy protest signs to peace rallies, where we often got teargassed. We had nothing to eat but that nauseous, flyblown organic food. Some of us even had to listen to Tom Hayden talk and Cher sing...

229 posted on 03/22/2004 8:17:25 PM PST by BlazingArizona
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Qaml - I'll ask you this because you seem to be the one who starts most of this threads that just turn into a boomer bashing session,

Well I am the keeper/maintainer of the Xer ping list so I am on the lookout and get pointed to "Generational" articles. But what can I say the reason why baby Boomer articles come up a lot is Baby Boomers just like writing about themselves so there are lots of articles, "Modesty" is not a word that describes the baby boomers. I am not writing vanities here, These "Whoppers" recently have pretty much fallen right into my lap.

and you probably have more knowledge of your generation than I do. Is this kind of thinking widespread among Xers or is it just thread trolling?

Yes it's widespread and as the deficit gets larger, More and more of these health/safety/nanny laws pass and lawsuits get filed and Boomers demand more and more benefits it's only going to grow. There has always been generational strife in past which usually ends when the younger generation grows older but it's different with the boomers because no generation has ever been so utterly selfish and forced their own children and grandchildren give them so much. It's been brought up that it's really FDR and LBJ to blame since they started it all, True enough however it can be argued that they could have never totally foreseen the mess we are facing while today's Baby Boomers know full well what a huge burden they will be placing on us and not only are they not doing anything to fix it they still continue to pile on the demands more and more goodies. Put yourself in our place, How would you feel?

As for euthanasia, As of now I am sure most Xers aren't for it, Though it would be quite ironic if we did start since so many Baby Boomers fought so hard for gun control that they left themselves defenseless

BTW, My parents were Baby Boomers and they were excellent, But I am the exception to the rule

230 posted on 03/22/2004 9:20:31 PM PST by qam1 (Tommy Thompson is a Fat-tubby, Fascist)
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To: Marie Antoinette
>Sounds to me like EVERY generation has folks who grow up, and folks who refuse to. It saddens me to see every post like this devolve into an US vs. THEM thread. Most of us on this site share similar values, fercryinoutloud!<

Thanks, Marie. That is exactly the point I was trying to make.

There are disfunctional people of all ages. There are really old conservatives, middle aged ones, and thankfully, very young ones, as there are liberals in various age groups.
231 posted on 03/23/2004 5:39:09 AM PST by Darnright
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To: qam1
Put yourself in our place, How would you feel?

It may have been a rhetorical question, but here goes - Yes, the deficit is problem that is not being faced with properly. This problem, along with the growing intrusive nanny state, could just as easily be blamed on women or blacks as a group. And this premise could be backed up by historical facts (the change in entitlement programs after women or blacks were given the vote) or by antidotal statements and the premise debated. However, when it comes to these boomer threads the debate is lost and turns into boomer bashing. Part of this is just the way FR is, but substitute “Baby Boomer” with “Women” or “Blacks” in some of these posts and the post would get pulled. No boomers are not a minority group, but neither do they process some different innate properties that are not present in other generations. If there are more idiots among boomers, its just because there are more boomers. Remember, we did not clone ourselves, so do not blame us for our numbers. If you want change, than I suggest that Xers work at getting out the voters they feel will change the entitlement tide, rather than just griping . Rant done.



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232 posted on 03/23/2004 9:42:28 AM PST by WASH
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