Our lifestyles have changed so much that the way to stay healthy and in shape is to buy into planned ex-ercises, eat recommended foods, and check out all advertised items and plans before making personal decisions. Then you need to read the warnings on the items.
Our world has come a long way, new ideas, new rules, new leaders, new technology, and so many choices. You are generally very happy with everything new. Then you realize how many liberties have been taken away and how many ways we have gone astray from our basic format that carried with it dreams of an American democracy.
These days it is hard to imagine anyone going anywhere by foot instead of by car. It’s unheard of to visit someone without first calling ahead. You never see clothes drying on the line. Doctors can now sit with their computers to read and tell you what is wrong with you. When you make purchases, the cashier doesn’t have to know how much change to give you. The register tells them.
The majority of citizens now have a cause. Bullying is a cause. Current or 30-year-old molestation has come out in the open as a cause. Racism is still a cause even though fifty years have passed since that wonderful man, Martin Luther King, promoted the cause for peace among all. Women have come a long way baby, but they still have their cause.
We once looked forward to the news but what we see and hear is NO good news. Some now make it a point to stay away from the news.
What is considered to be news? Every day, we hear of the latest battle, murders, thefts, anything the media can latch onto to help keep the ratings up.
Did you live in a time and place where people came in and out of your home all the time and the front door was never locked? Friends would come over to play and remain undiscovered until time for dinner. Then your mom would realize they were there and make room for them around the dinner table. Your little brother would be gone all day but would show up in time to eat.
Remember playing Ring Around The Roses or Hop Scotch outside the house, playing Hide and Seek inside or outside, pumping the player piano and singing inside the house when the weather was bad.
Did you ever seek solace in an old playhouse or climb up a cherry tree to the roof of the garage in order to be alone?
Yes we have come a long way and we still have a long way to go.
Kitty Maiden is a staff writer for Seniors Today.