Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Birthday an Occasion to Reflect

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Birthday an Occasion to Reflect

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GUEST COLUMNIST

Jenny Grother

THIS has been a sad week for me.

Although birthdays are generally happy times, for me it is a stark reminder of the disappointment experienced by my family when the son for whom they longed did not appear.

Many young people today are mystified by the importance of boys to a family, but in the fifties, it WAS important.

Sons were needed to take over the family business and carry on the family name.

It was also the birth of the generation who are now known as "baby boomers".

Times were good and large families were the standard. Families of six children were not uncommon.

Unfortunately it was a time before seatbelts were worn because eight people in a sedan or station wagon was the norm for many families.

From these cramped conditions, many "rules" evolved. For example, if you sat in the middle, or in the back, you did not have to get out to open the gates.

That was the price that you paid for a window seat; sitting with your elbow on the window sill with the wind blowing in your face. …

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