Pretty hip for '64

While sorting through my mother's picture boxes, I found this one of my sister Joni and I with Mom & Dad. I think we were visiting Marineland. I'm not sure why we are the only people in the stands, but I suspect that it has something to do with the point of this post.

If you know anything of our family history then you know the title is intended to be tongue-in-cheek. Other than occasionally wearing cool sunglasses (by today's standards), we were not what you would call a hip family. We didn't have a TV, did not listen to popular music or go to movies. I never knew what any of the other kids in school were talking about. I didn't even hear my first Beatles song until 1970 -- just after they had broken up. (My fifth grade teacher took pity on me after I admitted not knowing what the Beatles were and she let me listen to Revolution on side four of The White Album in the back of the class through headphones. I was enthralled and knew I was going straight to hell.)

Much of our childhood time was spent in some part of a half-dozen different church facilities (basements, social halls, etc.) where the preacher's kids were allowed to run and play while my folks attended to one function or another. Or we were cutting up in the front pew during a service as my mother fired laser-like You-Are-Dead-Meat stares at us while she was playing the organ. (She was an early multi-tasker). We must have sensed there was a larger world outside of our little bubble, but we were oblivious to it.

Since then, whenever I've read about the social upheaval and political turmoil of that tumultuous decade, it's hard to believe that I was even alive at the time.


Update: After I posted this, I asked Barb when she heard her first Beatles song. She thinks it was I Wanna Hold Your Hand in 1964 -- a full six years ahead of me! She says they came home from church and her older brother was watching them play on The Ed Sullivan Show on TV. Her mom watched a little and began to cry because she thought they must have been on drugs to perform like that.

At least her family had a TV.