So you’ve gotten yourself a Boomer. Congratulations. This is the beginning of an exciting, albeit challenging, phase of your life. Of course you have had a Boomer all along. But as they are getting on now in age your relationship with them might be getting a little, um, different. A bit strained, perhaps. Patience-testing. I’m here to help. Let’s navigate this confusing, startling, and at times incomprehensible relationship together. Honestly with the proper context, point-of-view, and understanding, your potentially irritating Boomer can go from a weird, potentially mortifying platform of nonsense to a funny, albeit discomfiting old coot.
The key is pity.
At one point your Boomer was the centre of the world. You know when it is a child’s birthday and they’re the centre of attention and they’re bright, cheerful, capable and energetic. This was the Boomer at their prime. Your Boomer was a part of something they felt was theirs. Society. Now remember when the birthday party ends and the child then collapses into a fit of attention and chemical withdrawal, spinning on the floor like a demon. Yeah, that’s what your Boomer feels right now. Never mind that the people who threw the party (their parents) watched in horror as they acted this way. Never mind that their parents and grandparents thought, “Hey, I threw this party for you. Why are you acting like that?” No these thoughts aren’t in the minds of your Boomer. The party is over. And they’re angry.