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Woodstock | Part 1 |Talking About My Generation

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I’m officially on vacation and am taking this opportunity to post a 5-part “Retro” series….about me.

Peace

People try to put us d-down (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)
Just because we get around (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)
Things they do look awful c-c-cold (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)
I hope I die before I get old (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)

This is my generation
This is my generation, baby

“My Generation”….The Who

I’m opening up a little window here … normally I’m a pretty private person, but I think that it’s about time that my readers get to know a little bit more about “grandmom.”

Now I wasn’t born this age, although my kids think I was.  Once upon a time, I was young, like many of my readers, with dreams and aspirations, like so many dewy-eyed young things.

Life and experience though, sometimes makes you jaded, and sometimes you just have to let go of those dreams.

So, I’m going to be sitting on the Veranda this week, sipping what-eva I feel like.  Sometime it might be lemonade, and sometimes it might be well, shall we say – stronger.

This month commemorates the 40th anniversary of Woodstock.   The festival was held in Upstate New York at Max Yasgur‘s farm in 1969.  I was 17 years old then.  Although I appreciated the music genre, there was no way in hell that I would be allowed to make the trek to that festival, even if I wanted to go.

In the late 1960s, I recall the great musicians of Woodstock – Richie Havens, Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez, John Sebastian, Canned Heat, Greatful Dead, Creedance Clearwater Revival, Sly and The Family Stone, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Joe Cocker, The Band, Blood Sweat and Tears, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young … and on and on and on

All those groups I grew up listening to – still do, and I’m sure many of you recognize those familiar songs that perhaps your parents listened to over the years.

But they were from MY Generation, and how in the world did 40 years go by so damn fast?

Here I am in the late 1960s,

Cindi - Circa 1968

My younger brother, who grew up to become a professional photo-journalist, took this in my Poncho-wearing era, circa 1968

And here I am, again,

Cindi - London 1969

The Beatles This is me, when I took my first trip abroad to England in 1969 to visit a penpal for 2 weeks and stayed with her family – the Beatles were pretty popular then, and I thought I was so cool.

Now here’s my high school graduation picture from 1970 – like the Sassoon haircut that Twiggy made popular?  I wore that hairstyle for years – even after I grew it longer, I’d always go back to it.

Graduation 1970

Here I am in my freshman year of college  with the gals from my dorm floor – (end, far right) I went to an all-girl’s college in Massachusetts – right smack in the middle of the Vietnam War era – Peace Movement.

College Freshman Year 1970

So if you’ve ever wondered where I get my Feminist leanings from, wonder no longer.  Women my age fought hard for the rights that all the young gals of today take for granted.  (See previous posts if you’re curious)

and this …

Cindi - December 1970

and this

Cindi - 1970-1971

(1971) bell bottom hip hugger pants, peasant blouse, boots  and a cigarette

shows that this Baby Boomer grandmom wasn’t born looking like I do now – I’ve earned every gray hair and wrinkle (though dang few) that life has thrown at me.

So now, tell me what you think.

Further Reading:

Post Woodstock: Part 2 – The 1970s And Still Kid-Free


Life in Dysfunction Junction: Part 3 – Guest Post By The Cat


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

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New England blogger from Connecticut and author of the multi-generational Moomettes Magnificents where she writes about Family, Grandparents and Grandchildren, home decor, Crochet, Knitting, DIY, crafts, family travel familiarization trips (FAMs), photography, social media and reviews. You can also find her at Moomettes Magnificents on eBay for the latest Fashion trends, Home Decor and Vintage Collectibles. Also at Moomettes Crochet for Handmade Crochet Wash Cloths & Accessories. For food and recipes visit at her blog Frugal New England Kitchen ***Products and/or companies featured on Moomettes Magnificents may have provided product samples and/or compensation for consideration. All opinions are my own. Posts may contain affiliate links. See also Disclosure***

40 comments

  1. What an awesome post Cindi! It was a blast seeing these photos of you. I remember my dad had all kinds of records from the Woodstock era and I was fascinated with them although we didn’t have a working record player for me to hear them.
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  2. It was really cool to learn more about you. Your pictures are awesome. You were adorable when you were younger. You still are. Thanks for posting more about you. Enjoy your vacation. Please drink a stronger than Lemonade drink for me! See you when you get back.
    .-= Sheila R´s last blog ..ABC Gauze Review =-.

  3. Great post, I’m loving the photos!! You were and still are gorgeous!!

  4. Great post! Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong era. LOL I love all the 60′ music. I even started dressing like a hippie in HS, much to my Father’s disliking.

    My era, the 70’s & 80’s, had the US festival and Up With People! LMAO I loved those pictures. You were (and still are) quite the looker. I have no idea what to post this week for the Blackout, but I am sure I will come up with something.
    .-= Shan @ Last Shreds Of Sanity´s last blog ..Shan’s Week~End Wordles =-.

  5. I’m definitely impressed!
    .-= Lisa Mom of 2 Boys´s last blog ..Recipe: Lisa’s Bacon & Spinach Quiche =-.

  6. What a wonderful, well done piece! Love all the pics. Thanks for stopping by my site. I’m from New England too…Although I currently live in… um… old England. I love it here, but I miss New England so much. Your pics make my heart flutter.
    .-= Kitty´s last blog ..Academia: Because we’re smarter than you. =-.

  7. What a hottie! Great pics!
    .-= Stacie @ The Divine Miss Mommy [What Papi?]´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday – What Papi? =-.

  8. Great pictures. I love the 1971 bell bottom hip huggers, that should have definitely been my era! You look amazing!
    .-= Kitty | Coupon Divas´s last blog ..This Week’s List of Printable Coupons – 8/07/09 =-.

  9. Cindi, I love this post. 40 years ago I was only 9 years old, but I remember hearing all about Woodstock and all the great bands that would be there.

    Like you, I still listen to all my favorite groups and bands, including CCR and many of the others you mentioned. I grew up primarily interested in anything coming out of Motown, but my brothers were heavily into Classic Rock and got me hooked on it too.

    Have a spectacular vacation! Bottom’s Up! ;)
    .-= Lin Burress @Telling It Like It Is´s last blog ..Only Hearts Club Dolls Giveaway Contest =-.

  10. Awesome post! I always like learning more about other bloggers. You’re not as old as you make yourself sound sometimes either.
    .-= Amanda´s last blog ..Small Talk Six – Lazy =-.

  11. Now I know even more why I like you! Although I was a kid back then, I grew up with a sister who is 11 years older than me. I was a hippy kid :) And as I grew I continued to maintain those hippy beliefs. I visited Woodstock many times as a teenager and have always wished I was able to attend the real concert.

  12. Love it! You were (and still are!) so pretty!
    .-= Trish´s last blog ..I Never Fit In =-.

  13. OH MY love the photos! Where did the time go :)

  14. OMG you brought back some memories for me. I might have to do some revealing myself one of these days.
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  15. I often wish I was alive in that time (not saying you’re old, but man!) it looks like SO Much fun!!
    .-= Cheryl´s last blog ..Coming to terms… =-.

  16. You are one HOT (grand)mama!!! I ADORE all that music… even though I was born in 1965, I listened to that music because my parents liked it, so I grew up listening to it. It is one of the things that The Hubs (who is 24 years older than me) have in commen, our love of music. My mom has two younger brothers who went to Woodstock, and told me stories about it ~ sensored, because my mom wouldn’t let them tell me EVERYTHING. :-)
    What a fabulous post, I’ve got lots of songs in my head now!! Thanks for the rock and roll memories….
    .-= Lorie Shewbridge´s last blog ..Help my Friend Maria Win $500 ~~ PLEASE =-.

  17. I LOVED this post Thanks so much for sharing! You were (and still are) so hot! Love the pictures!
    .-= Erin´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday 8/12/09 – Pirates??? In Baltimore??? =-.

  18. Fun–brings back so many memories–love seeing the pictures of “our ” generation.

  19. Wow, that was such a cool era. I was born in 1968 and love everything from that era. But you are correct, it is the era when we are young that sticks – for me the phenomenal 80’s.
    .-= cat@juggling act´s last blog ..The 5th birthday report =-.

  20. I am in the same generation and loved the hip hugger pants (although mine weren’t bell bottoms. I did have a pair of green and white striped bell bottoms though. Nice hair style too!

    Congrats on your SITS day!
    .-= Karen & Gerard Zemek´s last blog ..What I’d Like To Change About Myself IF I Could (Writer’s Workshop) =-.

  21. Wow, those pictures are awesome! Thank you for sharing them! My mom is a little bit older than you are, but I know I’d love to see photographs of her like that, I bet your kids thought this was pretty interesting! Happy SITS Day to you and Happy Birthday Week!
    .-= Elizabeth a.k.a. Type A Mommy´s last blog ..Beer and Brown Sugar Marinade =-.

  22. Love it!! Sometimes I really wish I had been born in that Generation.
    .-= mom2kmjx2´s last blog ..Is working on something for the Summer!! =-.

  23. I love seeing people’s photos from the past, you look really cute in them!
    .-= Hear Mum Roar´s last blog ..Five things I love about Summer-meme =-.

  24. How adorable were you! Isn’t it interesting how so much of the ’60s and ’70s styles are back now and you could almost put a picture of a modern-day woman right next to those pictures and it’d be tough to tell the difference.

    OK, well maybe not a 2010 woman, but definitely a 2005 woman. :-)

    My mother also graduated high school in 1970. Very cool.
    .-= Renee´s last blog ..Bits and Pieces =-.

  25. How cool! Love the photos!
    .-= Sandy´s last blog ..Cotton Clay Snowman Sculpture =-.

  26. Happy SITS Day! I did my high school speech class final on Woodstock. The three points were sex, drugs, and rock & roll :-)
    .-= The Local Cook´s last blog ..Pantry Essentials: All about Oil =-.

  27. I love seeing all of the photos! The sassoon haircut is so sassy! Thanks for sharing!

  28. I love the pics and I love your bellbottom hip huggers…very hot!

  29. Now, you are talking… Loved each and everyone of these pictures. Doesn’t it bring back memories, even if you just hear one note of a song. Great post….
    .-= The Garden Bell – Kate´s last blog ..You U Smiling, I am – Giveaway for 100th Post. =-.

  30. I was 11 when there was a Woodstock so obviously I didn’t go. But I DO remember the songs, the people, the fashions, and being a wannabe! LOL Oh, btw, I sing “hope I DON’T die before I get old” ROFL!!!

    Stopping by from SITS to wish you a HAPPY SITS day on YOUR day!!!
    .-= Jeanette´s last blog ..TEN MOST UNIQUE CHURCHES =-.

  31. The clothes you were wearing have come back full circle! Happy SITS day!
    .-= JDaniel4’s Mom´s last blog ..A Modern Mother’s Blog Carnival =-.

  32. My, my, you are a beautiful woman! I love that shot your brother took of you :) You’re so fortunate to have been alive and young during a dynamic time in our culture; me, I can just say I remember where I was when I heard Kurt Cobain bit the bullet – yawn! (I was when in my mother’s car with my mom, and I didn’t really care.)

  33. LOVE IT!!!!! You were, and still are, a beautiful woman. How neat to have lived through such an interesting time in our culture. My mother and I discuss this period a lot and she too was bummed to be a little too young to be able to go to Woodstock.
    Love your site – it’s gorgeous!
    .-= Natalie at Mommy on Fire´s last blog ..“Pay It Forward” at Target =-.

  34. Such nice pictures. It makes me want to look up my old ones…
    .-= Kim @ Cheap Chic Home´s last blog ..Easiest & Cheapest Bed Crown Ever! =-.

  35. Wow! I often think I was born in the wrong era. Also, were bell bottom pants comfy?
    .-= Kearsie´s last blog ..I’d like to thank the Academy… =-.

  36. I love this post! I love the photos! You were and still are beautiful!!
    .-= Julie´s last blog ..The Song in My Head =-.

  37. Those are fabulous photos! So cool!
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  38. It is good to remember our parents and grandparents were not always the age they are now and probably lived interesting and exciting lives when they were young. Just reminds me to try to learn more about their past.
    .-= Michelle´s last blog ..Simply Love Swap =-.

  39. Wow was that fun reading and getting to know a little more about you. Loved the photos! I agree you were and still are BEAUTIFUL! :)
    .-= Marie Cole´s last blog ..A Question of Color =-.

  40. Loved the pics- and especially the peace sign. You know the other thing that I thought was great was pen pals- it seems alot of us had them- and actually met them . Mine was from Japan- and he came over! How cool you got to go to England!

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