Hello, there, Baby Boomers! Who are we? And who am I?
The United States Census Bureau considers a baby boomer to be someone born during the demographic birth boom between 1946 and 1964. That’s really quite a lot of people! Specifically, seventy-six million American children were born between 1945 and 1964. Having been born in 1949 myself, I am pretty much in the middle of this bunch. In October 2011, this covers people that are currently from ages 47 to 65.
At nearly the age of 63, I am slightly toward the upper range of this generation, and my husband, who just turned 60, is somewhat less so, the middle being the age of 56. Here in a few weeks, I’ll actually be eligible for early retirement…what a concept! I can’t really remember how I got here so quickly…last time I checked, I was just waving goodbye to 18.
Just to give you a little background, I grew up in a small East Texas town and graduated from Longview High School (Go, Lobos!) To the great disappointment of my parents, I decided to attend college for one year only, to take a secretarial class. After that, I worked for the East Texas Chamber of Commerce, also in Longview, for three years. During that time, I married, and the end of the three-year period coincided with the birth of my first child. I was a stay-at-home mom to both my children, a girl and a boy, until we were forced due to economic reasons to move to the Dallas area.
Although my children and I adapted well to Dallas, city living was very difficult for my husband. Eventually we parted ways, and he moved back “home.” Not long after that, I met my current husband (who I alternately call “number 2 and counting,” or “Husband Version 2.0”). He had the great foresight to support me in my desire to return to college, where I graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. in Accounting and a M.S. in Taxation. Not long after graduation, I passed the Certified Public Accounting exam, and have enjoyed the benefits and responsibilities of being a CPA ever since. I currently work in the tax industry as a Senior Analyst for the largest tax software company in the world.
I also have four of the most gorgeous grandchildren that walk the face of the earth. Yes, I know yours are gorgeous too….oh, well, I guess this is an argument none of us can win!
My other interests include almost everything, but currently at the top of my list are: finances, food choices, cooking, health, exercise, learning how to support myself on the internet, and cruising. Trust me, cruising, while last on the list, is FAR from “least.” I have many goals in life which I have yet to achieve, but the number one goal right now is to find a way to cruise at least one week out of every eight, all year around. If you’re paying attention, this involves a secondary goal: no real 9-5 job.
I look forward to interaction with my fellow baby-boomers and also those of other generations. I think there is much we can learn from one another, and I have never felt, despite the fact that our generation is unique, that we should isolate ourselves from those around us who are of different generations.
Come talk with me!