Kickass and depression era babies

Kickass, the doorstop dog, having suffered through the keeper’s recent dispersal of a lifelong collection of trinkets and memorabilia as part of a reduced-space life style, is happy he did not get thrown out or sold along with all the other “stuff.”  And Kickass readily accepts the explanation that the whole excessive collecting thing was because the keeper was a depression era baby who learned to make-do and reuse because there wasn’t much to begin with.  The Depression era babies—born from 1929 to the start of WW II, tended to lead very settled lives in which they worked the same job, cultivated the same circle of friends, and, “collected” things at the same location until the house was full of memorabilia that was meaningful only to them.

Since the current miserable economic state of affairs is frequently compared to the “Great Depression,” the keeper is moved to wonder if, since the beginning of his life has been defined psychologically as a reaction to deprivation, is there a message for him as he becomes a really old “depression era baby?”  There have been hints from certain quarters that it is time for his ilk to move on, or “out,” as in dying in the coronavirus pandemic.

Well, screw that, the keeper and all the other old “babies” say; It is one thing to get rid of our “junk.”  It is quite another to get rid of us, and we are not “going” anywhere until we are damn good and ready.

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