Gen X is weird in a variety of ways. We were latchkey kids, we were expected to do a whole bunch of stuff on our own. But the really odd part: I think we were the first generation that didn’t reject their parents’ music. We loved it. And we loved ours too.
I grew up listening to Jimi Hendrix, Grateful Dead, Steve Miller, Allman Bros …. My girlfriend (now my wife) tells the story of the moment she fell in love with me. She had to borrow my car when we were dating, and a Joni Mitchell CD was in the stereo.
We never viewed our parents as “squares”. I’m not sure why. We weren’t really rebelling. We sort of wanted to be them in adulthood. The 80s were good, man. Parents mostly left us alone. Society and government did, too.
And I don’t want to dump on my parents, who are great, but I’m not entirely sure they knew where we were after school most day. Just kinda show up for dinner hour.
The other thing… I cannot remember a single “issue” I cared about growing up. I just sort of played baseball and basketball with friends after school. Kids today are pushed to care about whatever issue is the current cultural flashpoint.
Politics to us was “Say No To Drugs”. And I was like 9. Um, yeah, drugs were not exactly on my radar. It was basically a free branded pencil program for me.
I’m starting to wonder if 1987 was the absolute pinnacle of America and we can never get it back.
We, none of us, cared about politics. Did not matter to us. Politics to us were our parents worried about tax policy. Through Facebook I now know where my classmates politics lie, but I never knew or cared growing up. We’ve lost this.
“Do you like your parents?” Gen X might be the first gerarion to collectively say “yes”

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