Let’s take a walk
The beautiful north side Chicago neighborhood where SD lives entices one out to stroll. The trees and gardens are lush, streets relatively quiet. The residents color the area with a variety of ages, sexual orientations, ethnic groups, and, of course, dogs. The architecture is a mix of old and new Chicago, teasing the eye to discover unexpected features.
The house address on a newer building caught my eye: 1954, the year of my sister’s birth. The older house next to it bore my birth year, 1950. The contrasting architectural styles ironically portrayed the cultural evolution of those years.
I marvel at the contrast in childhood experiences that my Baby Sis and I had. Putting aside personality differences, the cultural changes were significant. Dress codes and sexist hiring practices were dissolving when Sis came of age at the end of the Viet Nam crisis.
I suspected as much
What I long suspected was affirmed by an Ever Widening Circles podcast in which Dr. Steve Shepard explains generations. Being born on the cusp of the generation placed me in a position starkly different from my sister’s which was solidly in the Baby Boomer era. Having older parents straddling previous generations complicated the issues.
Hope for the future
The podcast is interesting and thought-provoking, offering many surprises. The insight into today’s younger generations eased my anxiety regarding the future. There is hope.