Backdated guilt and other boomer bummers

To boomer bummers in a moment, but first…I’ve been thinking about the past a lot recently. I guess that’s what you do when you’re kinda old (as well as gardening, which I never thought I’d get into. Bloody hell – next thing you know I’ll be poring over recipes!!). Specifically, I was thinking about my dog Coffee – the first pet who was all my own. Kinda.

Right from the start I knew he had a sense of humour. He bounced up and down in his cage at the shelter and grinned and I thought, he’s the One! And then I took him home and realised why he was in the shelter in the first place. He was a Runner-away-er. NOTHING would keep him in. Not fence extensions, not barbed wire, nothing! Sometimes I’d catch him taking himself for a stroll and he’d look at me like ‘oops’ and make a run for it. When I managed to fling myself on him and collar him, he’d give this surprised squeak and then just – laugh. He wasn’t really ‘ mine’ of course – one living creature should never belong to another. He was his own person, and we were friends. So, anyway, I wrote a song about him.

So, to backdated guilt. My daughter’s been reprimanding me recently on the sins of the Boomers. She tells me her generation are massively cranky with ours because ‘we’ll never be able to afford a house’. That is, she will, because she’ll inherit mine, but she’s pissed off on behalf of those who don’t have home-owning parents (which is nice – guess that’s down to my great parenting).

It is weird to have – so I hear – a whole generation pissed at you for something you didn’t really have much say in. Ok, so I got myself a house. Wasn’t that what I was supposed to do? Can I help it if the price went up? And yeah, we’ve got climate change, but I didn’t vote for the cretins who are running the country! I feel like an aristo in the French revolution – I didn’t ask to be born a Boomer but I’m going to get my head chopped off anyway. 

Well hey. Maybe we’ll all get lined up against the wall when the Revolution comes…


  1. Haha – I’m a boomer, too! And I have no idea how I can make amends for that. Just to turn the finger of blame around, millennials should have voted a damn sight more, and prevented these neo-liberal boomer a-holes from running things. There, now I can relax, because it’s actually all the millennials fault 🙂

      1. It’s still 65 in New Zealand – but naturally that’s becoming very unpopular. I don’t know it it can be changed for a while now, as any govt that does that will face the ire of the boomers – lol!

  2. You’re so right. I got into trouble arguing with my daughter-in-law over this (big mistake, I know). i refuse to accept this victim identity of a whole generation. Each person must take responsibility for their own life.

    1. Amen! And tell your daughter-in-law not to worry – we’ll probably end up looking after them in one way or another, anyway. They’ll get their payback 🙂

  3. I too am of the guilty generation. Yet my kids know their mom was one of those kooks out there demonstrating… it embarrasses the hell out of them… Even today, I am the odd one with my vegan ways. C’est la vie!

  4. What I see in your daughter’s generation (which is the same as my sons’ generation) is a whole lot of impatience. There seems to be this belief that they are supposed to get everything now. As soon as they get a job, or graduate from college, the house and the nice car and the annual vacation to Europe is supposed to be on the menu. It’s just supposed to happen.

    Well, it doesn’t happen that way and never has. I didn’t buy a house for seven years after I graduated from college and didn’t go to Europe until I was 54.

    But the fierce need for now drives many of our younger folks to believe they aren’t getting what they are “entitled” to.

  5. I have a simple and delightful answer to anyone who starts on me for generational or group errors. For sins of omission, commission, or transmission. ( Remember to keep the fluid level topped up. )

    I tell ’em it was deliberate. That We…whoever the We is…did It…whatever It is…to whomever is complaining… on purpose. It was all planned out carefully. And that it was successful and fun and we know how to do it well. And we’re going to do it again.

    1. You sound like me – lol! Whenever I read a whine-fest about bad boomers, I have an almost irresistible urge to reply with an evil laugh of “mwah-ha-ha-ha”. So far, I’ve resisted, but I’m getting weaker each time 🙂

  6. LOL about the dog. Yes, I’ve never thought about the generational thing that way. I suppose most didn’t mean to NOT buy a house they could leave to someone else, or any of it really.

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