My fears back then seem so small now
Lucia O’Hara b. 1946
I read with interest all the descriptions of the differences in our lives from then and now. I was born in 1946 and did live in an all-family focused family. I can remember when I was in my late teens, I came home from being out and about, and my parents were not home. It seemed a crucial blow, even though they were simply at my grandparents’ house playing cards!
But to me it was my very first realization that they had a life separate from me. That’s how safe I had always felt.
Yes, the cold war was always hanging over us back then, but today’s burdens – the fear of terrorism and the sense of societal decay – seem to be much more overwhelming.