Monday, February 20, 2006

I Am A Child of the 60’s

I was, and still am, a died-in-the-wool peace loving, tree hugging, hippie.

I still wear patchouli oil and burn Nag Champa incense.

I still wear clogs

I love big bold necklaces ala love beads and big dangly earrings.

I am thrilled that my 20-something daughter is wearing flowy blouses with lace and embroidery

If I have to wear a skirt, it’s to my ankles

I know the words to almost every Beatles song

I saw in concert:
The Beatles
The Lovin’ Spoonful
Jim Morrison & The Doors
Jefferson Airplane
Paul Revere & the Raiders
Credence Clearwater Revival
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Joan Baez
Bob Dylan
Rod Stewart
Judy Collins

I’ve marched on the Pentagon and the UN.

I heard Allen Ginsberg recite Howl.

I went to Kent State University and boycotted the administration. I walked many times where students were shot 9 months after my graduation.

I went on vacation to California, spent time on Haight-Ashbury, went to LA, and didn’t come home for a long time.

I didn’t trust anyone over 30 and firmly believed that if you weren’t a part of the solution, you were part of the problem.

I ironed my long, long hair to make it straight.

I had albums by people like The Holy Modal Rounders, Buffy Sainte Marie, and Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention.

I went to love-ins, hitch-hiked and hopped on freight trains.

I did some things that were illegal, but a lot of fun!

I look back on this time and realize it was probably one of the best times of my life. It formed me; made me who I am today. I’d like to think those were good times and that I became a good person.

Peace, Man!


Jessica said...

Linda - I love your re-cap of your 60's experience!! sounds like my mom......I love it. You have definately lived a fun life!

Radona said...

oooh, me! peace, baby! well, i was a small child in the 60s, grew up more in the 70s, but my older sisters were total hippies. i wear long skirts, no short skirts for me, i loved patchouli! and hey! i was not able to march, but i wore a pow bracelet and my brother and cousin were in nam. we experienced real life back then. real change. real strife and growth in this country, we share a common history!

Tracey said...

Linda, I love your post!! I'm going to model mine on yours...but the 70s. :)

Amy said...

OMGosh Linda, I totally knew you were a child of the '60s but had no idea you were such a rebel!!! I love it! Thanks so much for doin' this blog thing with me ;)

kramer_buffy said...

Peace! and btw what a great "you" you became... great wife, mother, and friend!!!

Julie said...

OMGosh Linda, can you be my mom!! I am such a hippie wanna-be. I am such a Dead-head, and love CSN&Y!!

Annette said...

how cool! What a great experience you must have had!!Makes mine seem petty. You rock!

Lori Gentile said...

Linda, I just loved reading this! My parents were 50's kids, so I don't get to hear too much about the 60's. Very cool stuff!

nandmmom said...

Wow! What a great life. I bet you are fun to be with!


shirley said...

I So wish I was a child of the 60's!! I would have LOVED it!! I love patchouli oil and all the music you mentioned.
Sounds like some fun memories, *at least you can remember* not too much illegal stuff going on ;0)

Old Leadfoot said...

I loved reading this post. I think I'm having a flashback. Actually...I WISH I could experience a flashback. They PROMISED I would!

I host a 60's style, free-form podcast featuring lots of old music. Perhaps you'd enjoy it.
~Old Leadfoot