As baby boomers age, they discover that certain people in their lives mean a great deal to them. They find that it's harder and harder to see these special people in person.
Yes, they do communicate with them via e-mail and text messages, but it's really the telephone shaping the communication between boomers and the people who are of the most significance to them.
A baby boomer who would like to visit his respected uncle during the Christmas holidays might find the trip too arduous to coordinate, especially when it means a flight across the country.
The baby boomer may want to spend time with a sibling who lives in another state, but once again, the expense and difficulty of flying across the country is an impediment.
Then there is the baby boomer who tries to stay closely connected to his best college friend. These two buddies always have so much fun reviewing a great treasure trove of memories.
Remembrances accumulated during their nearly lifelong friendship. Yet, they find that living so many time zones apart has actually made getting together all the more difficult. This becomes even more so as the years pass.
So, given the challenges of distance and coordination, those born between 1946 and 1964 have maintained their communication with those who are most important to them, and they do so by turning to tried and true technology — the telephone.
For many boomers that special visit they would have made in earlier stages of their lives is now replaced by a simple phone call.
Such calls often bring about a sentimental journey through the sharing of memories from days gone by. These calls between baby boomers and the important people in their lives are held in special regard.
They truly make genuine quality time count. Such stories are rich: the expression of a voice touching a heart.
Who would have guessed that in 2019, the important discussion about shared experiences and keeping in touch boils down to the simple act of regularly making telephone calls to someone special in your life.
For many baby boomers today, this is what it means to "get together" with loved ones in the here and now. It simply means calling and sharing your life with those who matter.
A baby boomer woman living in California welcomes the regular calls with her sister, who resides in Ohio. The two sisters visit with the same enthusiasm, openness, and innocence as they did when they were young, but with an adult bent to the communication.
The baby boomer sister in Ohio talks about her children and grandchildren. She tells her sister about her son, who will soon propose to his longtime girlfriend.
She will describe the latest from the campus of Ohio State University, especially about sports, which are an integral part of Columbus, Ohio life.
The sister in California will talk about some of her interests, like the annual hiking trip she plans and takes with her husband.
Overall, it's family talking to family over the phone. It's amazing to think of how the simple act of just sitting and listening to a human voice over the telephone can bring such joy and meaning to one’s life.
Nothing elaborate or fancy required — just simply a voice over the phone.
The next time your phone rings and you see that familiar number of someone special show up, perhaps you will get an adrenaline rush — for the time you spend on the phone will be invaluable.
Rick Bava founded and was CEO of the Bava Group, which became the premier communications consulting firm serving the Fortune 500 community. Bava became known for his popular blog columns "Rick Bava on the Baby Boomer Generation." He is the author of "In Search of the Baby Boomer Generation." For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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