Growing Up in Iowa, Across Generations

| 4/1/2019 9:09:00 AM

Crystal BaileyThe other day I started to take a walk down memory lane, visiting some of my favorite memories of my childhood. Arguably, I grew up in the last generation that wouldn’t be totally inundated by technology throughout their whole childhood. But, what about the generations before me?

How different was my childhood compared to theirs? Or did growing up in a rural area cause there to be little differences on how we grow up? So, I decided to ask my Dad, who grew up just 20 miles from where I did, in Northeast Iowa, about his childhood. My dad was born in 1952, a member of the Baby Boomer generation. I am a product of the Millennial generation, born in 1993.


Below are our answers, showing that many of the ways of life have changed, and yet some of the valued parts of growing up in a rural area have hardly changed, over the course of a few decades.

What were your favorite activities to do while growing up?

Dad: Play baseball, play hockey on the creek (we made our own sticks), play football on the school grounds, go fishing with Dad, and go hunting. My brother Jim and I would go fishing, with bamboo poles, with our Grandpa Berns when he came to visit.

Me: Playing catch, shooting basketball hoops, going on family vacations every summer, climbing rocks or walking in the timber, boating, swinging, fishing with Dad, writing stories, and reading.

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