We always like to hear from boomer writer Claude Nougat, because she always finds other interesting baby boomers to write about. This time, she has found one who has an answer to the question, How Rebellious is a Baby Boomer?
Baby Boomers hold more than half of American wealth and that percentage is no doubt similar in other developed countries. Hence, when the American government recently reported that boomers were abusing drugs in record number, the assumption was that, given our wealth, the scope for drug abuse is exceptionally large.
Rising drug abuse? Not nice. Perhaps not so surprising, though, when you consider that we are the “sandwich generation;” some of us have to look after our parents but because of the recession, some of us also often have to look after our grown-up children out of a job. Not to mention the sad fact that many boomers have lost their jobs or their homes. The pressure is often unbearable and drugs are an understandable reaction, even if they solve nothing and in fact make matters worse.
Our boomer generation is also famous for our rebellious stance. But drugs need not be part of it. Author Marsha Roberts’ answer to the question, how rebellious is a Baby Boomer, is quite simply, very rebellious, or in her own words, “instinctively mutinous!” That does not imply drug-taking. Her kind of rebellion is not a depressing refuge into drugs, not at all.
It’s a joyous “go for it,” a “yes, you can.”
She has written a whole book about it, called Confessions of an Instinctively Mutinous Baby Boomer: and her Parable of the Tomato Plant.
It is a highly inspirational read, told in a warm voice full of life and optimism. Indeed, the optimistic note is there right from the start and keeps ringing throughout the book and through the recounting of sadder and more tragic events, like the loss of her mother, and the sudden death of her best friend. These are less “confessions” (in that sense the title is a little misleading) than a string of well-chosen parables (and here the subtitle is spot on).
The parables are really high points or events in the author’s life that have held a particular meaning, more like allegories. In fact, she sees the major events marking her life as a “baby boomer” as allegories of a higher power, of God. This is a deeply religious book, one that will uplift you, recommended reading if you are going through difficult times of your own|
Out of each event, Marsha Roberts draws comfort and re-affirmation of the power of Almighty God. And manages to do so in a chatty voice, overflowing with love. You find yourself led into another world of strong faith and unshakable trust that in the end, no matter what happens, things will turn all right. Marsha Roberts has made it her job to be full of faith, love, and joy, and her readers (at least I am speaking for myself) are thankful to her for doing so and being the person she is. She concludes: “I can’t see through the fog, but God can and that’s good enough for me.” That’s a very powerful image.
On another level, I was fascinated by the so very American “can do” approach displayed in this book; nothing ever seems to get Ms. Roberts down and if she does go down on her knees, it’s only to pray. She even managed to overcome the pain of having her home foreclosed, losing it and having to relocate in record time— a devastating drama for most people. Remarkable dynamism and optimism, so very American and no doubt one of the reasons why the U.S. is now slowly coming out of the 2008 Big Recession while Europe is still deep in it.
Marsha’s book is a perfect example of the rising new genre, Boomer Lit. Nine months ago, I created a group on Goodreads to discuss it and so far, some 450 readers and writers joined.
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