Yes, we are the survivors:
- of The Great Depression that our birth parents nonetheless brought us into;
- of the Second World War that our parents¹ experienced directly or indirectly;
- of the epidemics of childhood diseases and of the periodic “flus”;
- of the accidents that befall young people especially;
- of our own participation in the many undeclared wars since WWII, or in the peacetime military;
- of our experience with, and sometimes misbehavior around, potentially dangerous tools and big machines, including especially automobiles;
- of the mistakes in judgment we have made throughout the years;
- of the random events over which we have no control.
(¹Note: the word “parents” is used generically here, as some of us were raised by other relatives, foster or adoptive parents, or institutions).
I invite you to use this forum to tell our readers what you have learned in your many decades.
I invite you to help me create a personal history of our generation that will serve as a resource to others.
I invite you, as a brother or sister survivor, to stay with me and the other readers of this weblog as we fade into the sunset.
To contribute, contact firstname.lastname@example.org