Boomers vs Millennials

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“OK Boomer!”

a viral internet slang phrase used, often in a humorous or ironic manner, to call out or dismiss out-of-touch or close-minded opinions associated with the Baby Boomer generation and older people more generally

-https://time.com/5782508/ok-boomer-meaning-slang-dictionary/

“Do you want to have a pastry?” asks my dad, a diabetic! “No, dad, sugar is bad for health. Besides, you are the one who shouldn’t be eating it!”. This advise falls on deaf ears as I find a box of pastries on the dining table in the evening. My dad is from of a generation where going to school was considered a luxury. He has had a hard life, I admit it. Yet, I cannot understand half of things he does or considers absolutely necessary to do.

I understand ‘baby boomers’ have lived way longer than us and have had richer life experiences. But there are certain things that millennials understand better and no amount of life experiences can supersede that. Baby boomers have absolute disregard towards the issues that millennials face in their day to day life. Yes I understand that our life may not be as hard as yours, but that doesn’t reduce the severity of our problems. Also, what’s with the deal with never admitting to their mistakes? They never apologize and have an excuse for everything they do, even if it’s visibly wrong.

In March this year, when our country had just started with the lockdown, everyone aged above 60 years were strictly asked to be inside the house. I tried reasoning with my father who wished to go on a morning walk, despite our fears and concerns about the situation. He eventually had his way because science is dumb and coronavirus is just a myth! My mother and I have a big generation gap too, yet she understands her kids and their situation so well, it astounds me. Why can’t my dad? Why can’t he at least try?

I had a very important office call to attend today so I locked the door of my room for the call. I don’t really have a room, I work in the living room of my house. In the middle of the call, I could hear someone frantically banging the door. Yes, you guessed it right! It was my father. I guess he had an important space mission to attend to which absolutely couldn’t wait any longer. I continued with the call and was in the middle of answering a query when I heard a loud voice asking me to open the door! He had his way, like always! “How can you have such a long call? What am I supposed to do inside? came his reply!

I was so disappointed by this entire incident. No, I didn’t worry much about the call. I always feel helpless when it comes to my father’s behavior. It would have been really nice to have a parent who at least empathizes with our life even if they don’t relate to it. Talking to him never has any outcome. I still tried. I told him how disappointed I was with his behavior. For once, I felt that he listened to me when he didn’t reply for a while. Is this for real? Did he actually understand my issue with his behavior?

“Do you want to have a pastry?” Turns out, he was thinking about his pastry the entire time!