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It’s never too late

It’s been strange, the last 50 or so years, living on the planet. I came into it all when families were Donna Reed style, mom and pop people. We all sat down to dinner or supper. I never got the two quite straight. Grandma came over to bake pies and make chicken and dumplings. Cholesterol was all the rage. Bob Dylan said crazy things. Country Joe and the Fish sang a mantra about the boys in Vietnam. Our boys. Now it’s our boys and girls.

I just wanted to say that during that time, a curious shift in family economics, the fact that many of our husbands were psychologically traumatized by the war even if they didn’t go, and just the fact that Donna Reed, sit-down suppers and mom and pop didn’t fit into the craziness of life in the fast lane – well, it put a wedge between us.

It would be great if women could be seen just as people who have had to take care of much, love much, charge much, and not as self-liberators who want to win some economic/sex war. Male and female 50-plus, let’s put down our differences. Let’s try to heal our generation for the sake of the next. OK, honey? Can I get you a drink?



Cindy Simmons

Nevada City


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