Generation Y and the 4th of July

“Mom, do you dream in black and white?” This was often asked by me as a child. Her generation worked hard, tended the farm, went about their business and to a 7 year old dreamer they seemed to be in monochrome.

“Do you feel like Dorothy did….when she went into Technicolor….what was it like being in black and white, Mom?” again this was another favorite question of mine. My thinking was that if TV was in B&W then so must everyone else have been…looking back now, it seems sweet and funny. I was such a Generation Y kid!

  Mother: “You MTV generation need to realise that life did exist outside of the box….and I have always been in colour, now help me make tea for the men out on the farm.”

Daughter: “Like no way Mom, it’s prime time TV time.” This was met with an eye roll and a dosing of Holy Water and her saying “you sound like The Yanks!”

  “The Yanks” are her brother, his wife. They immigrated to NY in the 50s and came back to “The auld Sod” many summers. There was nothing colorless about them. They told me about John Lack saying “Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll,” on MTV

We celebrated the Declaration of Independence and were told how it honors the birthday of the United States of America and the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. It’s a day of picnics and patriotic parades, a night of concerts and fireworks, and a reason to fly the American flag.


Did you know the following facts?
· The Fourth of July was not declared a national holiday until 1941
· There are more than 30 towns nationwide that have the word “Liberty” in their names.

Due to the downturn in the 80’s more of my family went to America and returned in the “Celtic Tiger” times, despite things being worse than ever – none of us are going to leave home but we will always have a bit of America with us, so today I would like to wish you all Happy 4th of July, we are have a family BBQ, dressed in blue, white and red, drinking Long Island Iced Teas and I will be day dreaming in an opus of colours while listening to:

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. Hi Michelle –

    Ohhh such a cute & adorable little princess you used to be, lol. Kidding about that “used to be part” ;)! I have a question for you. Are you living in America now or have you lived here? You sound like you are Irish-American. I am half-Irish on my mother's side :). Happy Sunday Michelle (cute little inquisitive dreamer). 🙂


  2. Hi Caren,

    Dinosaurs….the cheek of him!

    Hi Tattoodevil,
    Thanks, yeap; they were a pretty cool bunch to grow up with.



  3. What a lovely memory to have, that ur mum was black & White, that's so funny. I'm really suprisped u were brave enough to tell ur mum u were not helping with lunch for the boys, good for u I think, lol. Sounds like a lovely family to grow up in. For some reason ur story sounds like it's bursting with colour and happiness.


  4. Laughs. When my now 21yo was 5, he wanted to know what dinosaurs were like when I was a little girl.


  5. Hi Louise,

    How innocent was I, I really did think it was a black and white world before colour TV!

    Derek and Claire, you are too kind, I appreciate your comments.


    I have added a RSS feed that you can subscribe to, you can also follow by email.

    Thank you all, am still recovering form the July 4th celebrations!



  6. Hey Michelle, any chance of adding a rss feed to your blog so I'd know when you have a new one up or is there another way of doing this? Great job.


  7. derekflynn says:

    Yeah, I was thinking the same thing as Louise. Love that line about the world being black and white. And I can relate. I was Generation X – MTUSA and Fab Vinny 🙂


  8. 120 Socks says:

    Happy 4th July – love the idea of you thinking, if the telly was black and white, so was the world!


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