Tuesday, May 27, 2008

What would you call this place?

There's something called the Middle Place. According to Kelly Corrigan it’s where you find yourself when you’re both a parent and a child; what others have called the “sandwich generation”. I like Corrigan’s description better. But what if you're like me and there are 4 generations. I have grandchildren, 3 wonderful kids, children, 2 beautiful and talented daughters (no, they really are), if that's all there was; I would be in the Middle Place. But I also have a Mother, and Step Mother who are still alive and well.

A government study labels these 4 generations this way:


The Traditionalists, the oldest generation


Baby Boomers, born between 1943 and 1960.

Generation Xers, born between 1960 and 1980.

Millenials or Generation Y, born after 1980.




These labels work, for now, but what happens when the Millenials have children and the Traditionalist leave us? I think there has to be better, general labels.




Perhaps the layers of the Earth would work:




Inner Core

Outer Core

Mantle

Crust




Oh, I don't know, does any one want to be called "Crust" generation. I can just hear it, "You're a Crusty".




Then there is the Four Layer Dessert:




Cool Whip

Pudding

Cream Cheese

Crust




So, we're back to the Crust, maybe it's not so bad.




There are also four layers of the digestive tract:




Mucosa

Submucosa

Muscular layer

Serous layer or serosa.




No, I don't think so.




How about the four layers of the Rain Forest:




The Emergent

Upper Canopy

Understory

Forest Floor




I'm liking this a lot better, no crust, no mucus. What do you think?

3 comments:

Vered said...

I like the way you think. :)

I think researchers will continue to give specific names to specific generations, rather than choose general names that represent the cycle of life. I believe part of their thinking is that we are affected by the era in which we were born. Not sure if it's true, but I think that's their assumption.

Ackworth Born said...

The trouble with labels are that they are labels - kids in WWII got labeled - labels are for beaurocrats who file instead of interacting.

Mary Alice said...

Yeah, not a fan of mucus....not really a fan of Gen X being my label either.

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