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Blizzard Prep For Boomers

Updated on January 19, 2019
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Maren, a Baby Boomer, has taught pre-school through college. She loves holidays, and playing in the snow.

Winter Joy: Making Snow People

If I ever stop making snowmen, you'll know I am spiritually dead.
If I ever stop making snowmen, you'll know I am spiritually dead. | Source

Who Are Boomers?

They are Baby Boomers!

This group of people embraced life full of hope – that the world they created would be full of peace, love, understanding, and tie-dyed clothing. They are the peeps born between 1945 and 1964, according to most sources. They burst upon the scene after WWII ended but before the Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan show. Therefore, they are now in their mid-fifties to mid-seventies.

But, as you witness their behavior you know that Boomers have totally bought into "age is just a number."

What Their World Needs Now...

When they were young adults, the generation known as the Baby Boomers would have prepared for being shut-in by a blizzard with wine, candles and chocolate (maybe a few would want weed.) Plus, if they had young children at home, they added diapers, milk, and bread.

Whenever there was a blizzard, the nursing staff in hospital maternity departments (this is totally true) circled their work calendars to be prepared for the onslaught of deliveries on the date nine months later. The nurses were never proved wrong.

Now the Baby Boomer generation is beyond baby making. Their babies have grown up and left (we hope.) Unlike prior generations who would have been graying, balding, and sedate at this time in life, the Boomers are committed to staying young and vigorous. Or at least, believing that they are!

Necessities to Stock for a Blizzard

Here's the Baby Boomer's list:

1. Coffee And The Fixings

Whether they run on Dunkin or Starbucks, Boomers will need it for sipping as they look out upon the winter wonderland trapping them inside. The real gourmands will make sure there is Bailey’s Irish Cream to stir into it, too.

2. Good Books

Boomers crave knowledge.

Unlike the succeeding generations, however, knowing how to load apps into an iPhone or Android was not considered a basic survival skill for them. Nonetheless, some Boomers are now techies. Therefore, their good books may be on Kindles or they might be quaint stacks of paper bound together.

3. Firewood Or Propane Space Heaters

This is a concession to their advanced age (don’t say it too loudly.) Feeling cold is neither next to Godliness nor comfort. That’s why old folks become snowbirds migrating to Florida. Boomers who stayed north need to protect themselves from becoming Old-Fart-sicles during a possible power outage.

4. Charged Phones

Whether the phones are wireless landlines or cells, they need to be fully charged. Who knows, the kids might call to volunteer to plow out the Boomer’s driveway...?

5. Pet Food And Supplies

Obviously, this applies only to pet owners.

The mental picture of being trapped in one’s abode with ravenous, long-toothed hamsters is not a pretty one. Same for cats, dogs and other family members. So, Boomers stock up because they don’t want an inter-species Donner party with themselves as the main course.

6. Wine, Candles, Chocolate, K-Y, And Those Little Blue Pills

Hey – just because they are beyond baby making, does not mean they don’t go through the motions.

Funky Wine

I hope they have good tunes to play while sipping this.
I hope they have good tunes to play while sipping this. | Source

Be Prepared

The Boy Scout motto is “Be Prepared.” Although the weather media give general tips for weather emergencies, this segment of the population must customize the advice to meet its specific needs. By stocking the above items in advance of anticipated confinement, Baby Boomers will be in great shape.

So great, in fact, that they may look forward to the next blizzard.


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