Thursday, February 07, 2013

Duck and Cover-Mama Kat's Writer's Worhop

Repinned from Childhood...A THING OF THE PAST...and it's NOT where I thought I left it... by Kayola Skinner
As a Baby Boomer, I also have the distinction of being a kid right in the middle of the Cold War.  I remember we practiced duck and cover in elementary school, but it was more fun than worrisome.  I really did not become aware of nuclear holocaust until 1962.

Originally pinned by littlespace onto Retrograde
My dad must not have been indoctrinated by Civil Defense propaganda, because his thoughts were if  'The Bomb" was on its way he wanted to be standing under it when it dropped.   My folks were NOT survivalist and we didn't prepare for potential disaster at any moment.  The one exception was the Cuban Missile Crisis.  In 1962, I was 15 and somewhat more aware of the news of the world, but I didn't start worrying until I saw my mom stockpile water and supplies in our central hallway. The stuff stayed there for several years on the top shelf of the linen closet, not because they worried about disaster, it was because it was forgotten.

Originally pinned by Finkiyaya onto nostalgia - that seductive liar
Things cooled down and we didn't have to retreat to our hallway, but I became more aware of  all things, doomsday related.  I remember the fallout shelters displays at the LA County Fair, and avidly watched the Twilight Zone and movies related to the end of the world, whether it be by mankind or aliens.

Twilight Zone
I think more like my dad, though and don't worry about it too much. My worries are more like will I outlive my retirement funds, potential economic collapse and Terrorism.  If the aliens come they probably not eat me because I will be too tough and stringy.

I used Prompt #4  Inspired by Pinterest. I've been on Pinterest for about a year and wow, how it has grown.  I spent about an hour going through the many topics and found this in History.


  1. I love Pinterest. :) Yeah - I agree with you on the worries. Financial collapse is the biggest, but not much you can do about it either. Sigh.

  2. Our family has always been of the same opinion, who wants to survive a nuclear apocalypse and have to hang out with all those crazies? We did really love exploring the 1960s bomb shelter of my grandparents' neighbors. I'm just not buying into all the hype.

  3. I have a few things that I've put aside for emergencies. Mostly medical supplies. I have a short attention span. This was great!

  4. Love that this post was inspired by Pinterest.
    It seems a lot of people are worried about the future right now.

  5. There was an underground nuclear shelter round the corner from where I live, I must check if it's still there. You never know, do you?

  6. The point about how your 'supplies' wound up forgotten is great...kind of like all those expired bottles of Cipro still in medicine cabinets after the Anthrax scare.

  7. Great post! Stopping by from Mamakat's!