Okay, all I can say is that Baby Boomers are either idiots or have the memory of a gnat. In a recent Pew Research Center survey Baby Boomers said that “… their own standard of living is lower than their parents’ “
Well if I remember correctly my parents might have had more money in the bank, but then again, they saw no need to pay for cable TV, they were quite content with the three channels they got, my parents had no “home entertainment system”, they were quite content with the old black and white TV, while I stood there holding the rabbit ears.” “Just a little to the left” my father would say. Ah, if that wasn’t family bonding, what is?
My parents were also content with one phone in the house, you know that heavy black one that it took two people to lift and if it hit you on the head, it would give you a major concussion. Everyone in the family did not have their own cell phone with texting and internet access and a phone plan that let everyone in the family talk to each other.
My father would have laughed at that,a family plan where everyone could talk to each other; he called that the dinner table and you better have a good excuse for getting up and leaving.
Again, my parents probably had more money in the bank, but, they never would have wasted money on PlayStations and video games at 50 bucks a pop. Our play station was the empty lot next door and if you slid into second, you would be picking rocks out of your knees for weeks. Our presents every year was a wiffle ball and bat, which gave us hours of amusement.
In fact , fact wiffle balls tended to have a short life span and I remember Josh and Jonny Bell, my brother and I standing outside Rexall Drug, digging into our pockets, trying to come up with 35 cents to buy a new wiffle ball.
Sure my parents had more money in the bank, but again they would have laughed at Gameboys and would have kept sending us down to the hockey rink, where we dug broken hockey sticks out of the trash, taped them up, found a tennis ball and happily played street hockey all winter.
Car payments? My father never had a car payment in his life. He would pick up an old station wagon for 500 bucks and would happily drive thewhole family around town in it. Hmm, no car payments, maybe that is why our parents had more money in the bank.
Another reason our parents had more money in the bank? They would have laughed at having videos delivered. Heck the library was free and right down the street.
We have video games, cell phones, computers, the internet, home entertainment systems, microwaves , cable TV – in short, I don’t think any Baby Boomer can say their parents had a “higher standard of living”.
The secret is they were very content with what they had.