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Post Woodstock | Part 2 | The 1970s | Still Kid-Free

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It is with some trepidation that I am going retro and strolling down memory lane this week, looking at the photo albums to continue to give you a glimpse into “who I am.”

Summer has finally arrived in Connecticut- at least for now.  Today has really been a scorcher – in more ways than one.

Through the Looking Glass

I come from a long-lived family.  Regular readers know that I often write about  my Grandmom, who lived to be 101.

I’ve written how I have a Sixth Sense, and have an eery ability to know when something’s going to happen.  I’ve also  written several posts about my Grandmom that you just might want to read to see just where I’m coming from.

That’s what this week is all about.

Today I attended the funeral of basically what I consider my last living relative (besides my brother.)  My favorite aunt, who was also my Godmother, passed away at 95.

I’m a Baby Boomer, but I still want my mommy.

Post Woodstock, I came of age as an adult in the 1970s.

circa 1972

We spent quite a bit of time down the shore, as my future mother-in-law always liked to rent cottages for the whole family to go to.  What was a bummer was that Connecticut lowered the drinking age to 18 from 21 in 1972, the year I turned 20.

Back then there really wasn’t too much to do – we’d go to the movies on Friday and Saturday nights – there weren’t any such things as clubs to go to.  It was pretty boring for  date-night.

I married in the 1970’s to the guy who was in my homeroom all through high school and took me to the Senior Prom

1974

Don’t you just love the hats that I picked out for the girls?

Actually, the dresses were halter style, and not all that bad.  The gal to my immediate left is my IRL best  friend, (Hi if you’re reading this, I miss you!) and the only one I keep in touch with.

We were kid-free for 9 years after we got married.

Within 2 weeks of being a newlywed, we bought a boat and traveled all over Long Island Sound, as well as to places such as Newport, RI; Block Island; Montauk NY;  Sag Harbor, NY; through the Intercoastal Waterway to Fire Island National Seashore – even after the kids came along

Boat

We ended up owning 3 boats over the course of our years

Moving on, we bought our first house, and I off to work I go as a Paralegal for the next 30 years …

Gotta Pay the Mortgage

and we all know the story about how I’m trying to retire from that dreaded cubicle job.  I’m going to end up like Dooce and be fired for writing about it if I don’t end up retiring.

All our friends and relatives were getting married in the 1970s.

Cindi

There were at least 6-10 couples from high school who got married to each other.  For years I served on the High School Reunion Committee.  We’re basically the only couple left that’s still on our first marriage.

I know I often refer to myself as the “first wife” and “second wife.

The ‘me’ of today, is not the ‘me’ who I was back then.

How about you? Are you still who you used to be?

To Be Continued….

Further Reading:

Woodstock: Talking About My Generation


Life In Dysfunction Junction: Guest Post by The Cat


If I Could Turn Back Time: Part 4 – The Kids Arrive


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9 comments

  1. I had to LOL @ you getting fired for talking about your job if you can’t retire from it. Maybe Trisha will stalk you then and make a t-shirt.
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  2. Those hats in your wedding photo are a hoot! I love seeing photos of past fashions :) Sorry once more for your loss. I hope she was comfortable in her last days.
    .-= Heather´s last blog ..“In the Dark” Things that go Smash in the Night =-.

  3. Man, oh man…I loved that post :) Not so much the hats lol..but the whole stroll

    wonderful!

    tracy
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  4. What a great story. I must say having kids has changed me a lot. Mostly I’m a lot more mellow and philosophical about things than I used to be.

  5. We’re in the same age group, so I can definitely relate, although I didn’t get married until 1980 and I hated the bridesmaid dresses so much that I decided to have all groomsmen and no bridesmaids. I figured that I’d go out with a BANG…LOL.

    It seems like a lifetime ago, doesn’t it?
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  6. I love that post! I think it is so fun to see how fashion changes, as well as hear about how peoples lives have changed. I have been married 10 years, but had my first baby 10 months after we were married. He and I dated for 10 years on and off before that…so I am I the person I was before kids? No way. I think differently now…I have children who come first in my life…I cannot always be thinking of myself – I do things for the “greater good” of the family.
    .-= Katie´s last blog ..Lowes Foods Coupon Matchups & Steals & Deals =-.

  7. I got married WAY too young the FIRST time to a man who was an emotional abuser (just like my father – who was more than emotionally abusive)… and had two kids early…. I finally got my “stuff” together with help from a wonderful friend and a terrific counselor and got out. Then I found the most wonderful man in the world (no offense to anyone else’s significant other) and have been married 12+ years very happily. So absolutely I am NOT the same person I was back them…. I am so much a better person, and my children are so much the better for my change.
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  8. I love the pink bell bottoms and the pink top!!! Loveeee it! What a great post!!!!!
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  9. I doont think any of us are who we were ‘back then’ although I do know some adults who keep trying to be children of the 70s and 80s. I was a teen in the 70’s (here BTW the law changed in 1979 so I could drink at 18 & was allowed to even after the law changed to 21) For awhile in the 70s & early 80s I was a ‘wild child’ taking me where the wind blew me.
    In the 80s I settled down- and now, well now I am middle aged.
    It’s funny though isn’t it… you sit and feel sometimes if you’re the same, and look in the mirror and an old woman stares back. Sometimes you dont even recognize her :)

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