The “Thank You” note of my generation has given way to the "But Mom I texted you a picture" way of saying thank you today. To be connected to my kids means beeps, rings and musical alerts that they are contacting me. I grew up with a four digit phone number connected to a black phone and a “Party line.” Can you imagine todays young adults waiting until a phone is free to use? My Generation Y daughter once told me that the problem is simple, "Technology has moved faster than our brains have grown."
Generation Y also known as Millennials, Trophy Generation or Net Generation were born between about 1978-1998. Picture a VHS Tape vs. an iPad. Although Generation X was the Lost Generation raised by two working parents, Generation Y is the most parented generation in history. They are 3 times larger than Generation X and the largest generation of youth in history, estimated at 70 million.
Look up the dates for Generation X, Y & Z and you will get a zillion different birth years. This designation happened to fit 8 of our kids and their spouses so I am targeting this age group.
Generation Y may be the most open to change because their parents may have divorced, they may have moved often and the world's borders keep changing. They got trophies for just showing up. Combine the Trophy & Net Generation titles and you get people who trust their friends first, want to make a difference and use technology to organize their world. They want exceptional service from organizations they trust but they would rather spend time with friends than acquire stuff.
In Peter Economy's article about Generation Y, he sites these statistics.
92 percent believe that business success should be measured by more than profit
80 percent prefer on-the-spot recognition over formal reviews
61 percent feel personally responsible to make a difference in the world
50 percent want to start their own business, or have already done so
2 years is their average employment tenure
Sit down, relax and get ready for a treat reading Tim Urban's article entitled: "Why Generation Y Yuppies Are Unhappy." Tim Urban introduces us to the "GYPSY" Generation and the starring character is Lucy. He writes: "Lucy, on the other hand, finds herself constantly taunted by a modern phenomenon: Facebook Image Crafting. Social media creates a world for Lucy where A) what everyone else is doing is very out in the open, B) most people present an inflated version of their own existence, and C) the people who chime in the most about their careers are usually those whose careers (or relationships) are going the best, while struggling people tend not to broadcast their situation. This leaves Lucy feeling, incorrectly, like everyone else is doing really well, only adding to her misery."
As parents we told them they could create any world they wanted but now their current reality does not match those expectations.
After researching Generation Y, I would like to say I have a much clearer picture of their world but I think the little solar powered bobble heads you buy at the Dollar Tree might better emulate my current state of mind. Suffice to say, I am now a member of "The older generation that has gotten left behind as Generation Y whizzed by." See you around. I will be the one sitting on the park bench trying to get my solar phone charger to work.
Learn More: (http://www.inc.com/author/peter-economy) & http://waitbutwhy.com/2013/09 /why-generation-y-yuppies-are-unhappy.html.
I grew up in St. Croix US Virgin Islands. My first recollection of a Christmas Tree was the one my mother decorated on our boat. We lived on the boat until I was about 8 years old.
By the time trees arrived on the barge they were already brown. So we had fake Christmas Trees. I am also allergic to Pine. When I was 4, my father bought a little white tree with metal branches that you fold down and out each season and back up and in to put it away. Of course he chose a white tree because I had never seen snow and thought it must be magical.
Over the years my little tree has fared better than me. It is now 54 years old and I still fold the branches each year. Most of the items in St. Croix you could buy were Scandinavian. So I had a MEGA troll collection. I put these same trolls out under my tree every Christmas.
Our family tree was a fake green tree. My mother had read a newspaper article about a “Christian Christmas Tree” when she and my father were first married. So this became a family tradition.
What fun Holidays can be.
Toni Faile Lyerly
Visit The USS Arizona War Memorial
Visit the USS Arizona Memorial at World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument.
Thank you to everyone who serves in the military. My heart goes out to anyone who has lost a loved one. My mother never knew her father. She knew her father had been married before and had a son. Unfortunately by the time my mother was able to find this out, the son had died.
I read about this in the information my mother left when she died. I learned her brother (my uncle, Harley Wade Craft ) died at Pearl Harbor. So I visited and took these pictures.
I had such fun speaking with the World War II veterans that volunteer at the USS Arizona War Memorial in Pearl Harbor. If you have never been to the site and you are lucky enough to visit Hawaii, a visit is sure to create a cherished memory. Unlike other countries around the world, we have only a few memorials of war brought to our shores. This memorial is very eerie the way it is designed. It is built above the ship which was sunk to the bottom. Parts of the area you walk on are left unadorned so you can look over the side into the water and see the ship.
The story: Shortly before 08:00 local time on 7 December 1941, Japanese aircraft from six aircraft carriers struck the Pacific Fleet as it lay in port at Pearl Harbor. On board the Arizona, the ship's air raid alarm went off about 07:55. Shortly after 08:00, the ship was attacked by 10 Nakajima B5N "Kate" torpedo bombers, five each from the carriers Kaga and Hiryū. The last bomb hit at 08:06 in the vicinity of Turret II, likely penetrating the armored deck near the ammunition magazines located in the forward section of the ship.
She exploded and sank, killing 1,177 officers and crew. Thirty seven sets of brothers died.
The Arizona is under the control of the National Park Service, but the U.S. Navy still retains the title. Arizona retains the right, in perpetuity, to fly the United States flag as if she were an active, commissioned naval vessel.
The wreck of Arizona remains at Pearl Harbor to commemorate the men of her crew lost that December morning in 1941. A memorial was built across the ship's sunken remains. Upon their death, survivors of the attack may have their ashes placed within the ship, among their fallen comrades. Veterans who served aboard the ship at other times may have their ashes scattered in the water above the ship.
Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial welcome over 1,700,000 visitors annually, including the Battleship Missouri Memorial, USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and The Pacific Aviation Museum .
One of the original Arizona ship's bells now hangs in the University of Arizona Student Union Memorial Center bell tower. The bell is rung after every home football victory. A mast and anchor from Arizona are in Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza just east of the Arizona state capitol complex in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. Other artifacts from the ship, such as items from the ship's silver service, are on permanent exhibit in the Arizona State Capitol Museum.
Plan your visit today.
Toni Faile Lyerly
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