The kids of yesterday
READER'S VIEWS - Henry L. Yu, M.D. (The Freeman) - January 16, 2013 - 12:00am

As Baby Boomers (born between 1946 and 1964), we were the kids of yesterday and the midlifers of today. We’re sandwiched between two generations of the young ONES and the young ONCE, between taking care of our children or grandchildren and our aging parents. What a privilege it is!

Let’s thank God for allowing us to reach this far.

As midlifers, let’s get acquainted with today’s IN things so we will be updated and not be left behind. Let’s adapt to our kids’ dot.com gen. Let’s sing their songs. Dance to their music. Eat their food. Utter their lingo. Let’s try to bridge the communication or generation gap. Let’s not just be a parent but most importantly be a friend to them, one who would understand the aches and pains of growing up, and the fun of being young. Afterall, we were once kids ourselves. Remember how we went gaga over Jam Sessions? The Twist, Jerk, Limbo Rock, Shing-A-Ling, Soul, Grind, autographs, penpal writing, stamp collection, radio dedication programs, Tancho, Fanbo, Kokoryu, Banlon, Express Week magazine, Song Cavalcade songhits, 45 rpm records, Pat Cline’s Crazy, Cliff Richard’s Constantly, Matt Monro’s Walk Away, the Beatles’ hits, Amalia-Susan, Guy and Pip, Maria Leonora Theresa, and much much more.

Yes, the only difference is: We were born ahead of them. Once upon a time, we too passed that stage of being the young and the restless. Yes, we had joy, we had fun, we had seasons in the sun. All in a world of our own.

AS BABY BOOMERS CLIFF RICHARD EXPRESS WEEK GUY AND PIP JAM SESSIONS LIMBO ROCK MARIA LEONORA THERESA MATT MONRO PAT CLINE
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