When co-founders David Henderson and Greg Dobbs created BoomerCafé, it was merely a labor of love, a place to provide an online connection for people with the common interests of their generation. Today, more than fifteen years in, it is still their labor of love. But when communications specialist Larry Checco communicated with us the other day from Silver Spring, Maryland, David and Greg learned that for contributors like him, BoomerCafé is a labor of love too.
It’s that time of year, with Thanksgiving just past, and end-of-year holidays about to begin, that many of us give thanks.
I’d like to give thanks to BoomerCafé!
The name, itself, is a stroke of genius.
You have created a virtual café, a safe, warm, friendly place where Boomers can come together and comfortably exchange ideas, life lessons, memories, and the stories of our generation.
Some of us use the Café as a confessional, others as a self-help or travel guide, still others as a place to go when we want to wrap our hands around a pleasantly fresh cup of coffee and revel in the thoughts and stories of others.
For many of us, writing is a cathartic experience. We don’t write because we want to. We write because we need to!
Writing helps us organize our thoughts and lives, and see things more clearly. It sorts out our priorities and at times helps purge demons from our souls.
To think that simple symbols on a page can prompt sounds that can be organized into utterances, or words, all of which form complex thoughts and ideas, is nothing short of miraculous.
And BoomerCafé gives wing to those miraculously formed thoughts and ideas of ours.
The snippets of our lives that many of us contribute to BoomerCafé may very well end up being the best legacies we can leave behind.
These snippets, woven together, form a rich tapestry that says, We were here, damn it, with all of our flaws, faults, and failures … but also our hopes, dreams, and aspirations. Yes, we were here!
Thanks BoomerCafé for making that possible.
It is OUR thanks to valued contributors like Larry. We invite open letters about connections within the boomer generation from any of our readers. Greg and David