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Reflections of Days Gone By

Published on 9/15/2015
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Good Ole Days

As I worked in my small garden recently, clearing the way for some fall veggies, I could hear the children in the neighborhood as they played outside with each other.  I had to pause from my work to reflect on the years gone by, to a more carefree time, in my own life.  I know many of you have seen posts on Facebook and other places on the Internet about the "good ole days" when children played outside and had to be home by the time the street lights came on.  Well I guess that really speaks of children who grew up in more urban type environments.  

Me, I grew up on a farm, in the country where the closest neightor lived about a quarter mile away.  Play time only came after the evening chores were done.  There were no street lights, no yard lights, and the grown-ups often sat on the front porch and watched us play kickball or whatever until we could no longer see.  If one of the neighbor kids  was playing with us, they headed home long before it got that dark.  For us as children, those were indeed the "good ole days" although our family was not considered even middle class.  We had a black-and-white television which was never on during the day, and only came on for the evening news.  There was no 24-hour programming or satellite or cable channels, just the three major networks, and these all signed off with National Anthem after the news at 11:00.

Now I know many of you may not be able to identify with the above scenario as described, and I have probably dated myself,  but I'm sure you have your own memories of a simpler time.  So think back to what made those times the "good ole days" for you.  Was it the time spent with family and friends?  Or was it the stuff that you had?  Our 21st century life is packed with more "stuff" than we will ever use, more conveniences to make our lives easier, and more options for connecting with others.  Yet I have found that often all these things do more to complicate our lives, thereby creating more stress.  For example, we have cell phones, email, facebook, twitter, etc.--all kinds of tools to connect with each other--but people are finding that there is Less one-on-one interaction now than ever before.  Or as kids will often say, "text me, I don't like to talk on the phone".

Now in case you think I want to return to those days of my youth, I have no desire to do so.  After all, farming was HARD work.  However, there are things from that time that I have tried to make a part of my adult life and have passed on my own childen.  I strongly believe in strong family ties and connections, not just the nuclear family but the extended family as well.  I also believe in hard work, being honest, keeping your word, being grateful, and treating others with respect.  I believe these are values that have helped families and our country to prosper in the past, and will do us well on into the future.

To Your Success,

 Margaret

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