I Didn’t Think I was Hippie but …..

These are apparently the things that defined Hippies:

A person who in the 60s and 70s ……..

Supported peace, not war

Was pro-environment

Graphic from scenicreflections.com
Graphic from scenicreflections.com

Was into folk music

Rejected conventional values

Wore loose flowing clothes, cheesecloth shirts, embroidered jeans, beads, headbands

Liked to go barefoot

Was into Communal Living

Was vegetarian

Was into free love

Took hallucogenic drugs like LSD & Marijuana

Now, how many do you need to tick before you qualify? If it’s more than half then I guess I was a Hippie after all! I was never into drugs or free love, not enough of a rebel to leave home and move into a commune. I really wanted to go to Woodstock but didn’t have the nerve though if I’d been living in the USA maybe I would have overcome that.

I grew up going barefoot most of the time so I’m not sure that would have counted if I hadn’t made and proudly worn some of those raffia daisy “sandals” that had no soles. They had plaited strands that went around the big toe, over the top of the foot, that’s were the daisies were, then tied behind the ankle. I loved cheesecloth blouses, crochet waistcoats, tie and dye stuff as well as strands of beads round my wrist. No VW Beetle or Combi for me, sadly I had to make do with a bright yellow Morris Oxford with big daisy stickers on the hubcaps.

I wish this had been mine!
I wish this had been mine!

Peace will always be a priority for me and so is looking after our environment.  My Joan Baez, James Taylor, Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger & Creedence Clearwater records are still on the shelf and I’ve listened to the music on tape, CD and now as an MP3 file. I still love the sounds and lyrics. I see myself as quite conventional, I live with my husband, worked in a conservative profession for most of my life, paid off the mortgage and raised 2 children. My biggest struggle now is against consumerism, maybe because the Hippie is still inside me telling me that a simple life is best for us and the world.