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Blue Duck    Posted 07-09-2003 at 18:32:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
While sitting around on a muggy evening, looking out over our valley, I looked at our old barn and 87 yr old home and started to imagine the things that this house and land held many years ago. What sounds cmae from the yard with children running around, animals out and about. I thought of the smells that eminated from the kitchens wood stove and the many meals that filled hungry bellies. Then a truck drove by and I once again was snapped back into this pressent time. I now began to wonder what ever happened to the things of the past that made this Great nation, our rural heritages that have all ben modernized, mechanized, and commercialized. What ever happened to.......Sunday dinner with the whole family...Going to church with the whole family...Praying to God as a family...Saying "yes sir/no sir, yes ma'am/no ma'am"...children being resposible, honest, respectful, OBEDIENT, and well mannered...visiting neighbors and...helping your neighbors when needed...fathers staying at hope to work the farm and women raising the kids...honest work for honest pay...foods without hormones and chemicals...using animals for your farmwork?

I would like to know what things you folks wonder about WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO.... Please continue the thought.


Jimbob    Posted 07-10-2003 at 05:17:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Where I live it is backwards in time.

High school sports pull a large crowd & makes the local news.

The Churches are full every Sunday. Preachers & Elders provide advise to those that need help.

4th of July is a large celebration with a parade.

Farm kids gets no questions asked school days off for harvest.

Plenty of picnics to attend.

Local lakes are full of water sport activities & camping is huge.

Drugs are minimal (it is everywhere).

Prostition is non-existant.

Local sheriff boys are like family, as everyone knows each other.

Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts & Brownies are strong.

Crime is minimal, some kid pranks does exist.

A helping hand is available about anywhere for the asking.

Winter sports are abundant, so area stays active year around.

It sounds like where ever you are, mabby its time to leave.

Reddee    Posted 07-09-2003 at 22:17:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
To look back at a time of our yesteryear, and compare it to the present, one would undoubtedly notice an incredible difference. Does this mean that because we now have things that were unheard of then that things are better? I for one don't think so. Yes I am eternally grateful for the use of the microwave, t.v., and the "almighty blowdryer", all in which are operated by electricity. How could we ever do without electricity..or the use of a car..or the right to abort an unwanted child? No, I think yesteryear was much more simple and generally was much more happy. I think people had to have thought much more before they could walk into a building and blow away the entire count of people, or before Mothers killed their innocent children, either born or unborn. Theirs may have been a time when their Sons and Husbands faught in the Great wars and the casualties were great, but ours is a time of crime, hatred, madness, not to speak of unfaithfulness. Because of all our "finer" things that are available today, is not to me, any cause to think that our time is greater than our forefathers!!! Redd

DeadCarp    Posted 07-09-2003 at 20:34:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'll tell you what happened - our biggest mistake was not tariffing the tar outa imports, that's mostly what happened. See, in my generation there was a persistent desire to make things better for our kids. Trouble is, some of the things we grumbled about were good for us so we made a few mistakes along the way. Some we still make. We fell into the belief that a fat baby is a healthy baby, the "early to bed early to rise" BS that never got us richer or fooled even the young, we started using reverse psychology to further confuse the kids, we didn't load them down with chores. So when THEY raised their families to have it easier YET, today is what you got.

Oh the imports? Well, in our enthusiasm to bring home even more toys we became a nation of bargain hunters, refusing to pay THAT MUCH for THAT LITTLE THING. We got toys alright - they took our kids' jobs, they don't last long, they add to the trash heap and generally here we are.
Oh and another benefit of imports (world economy the politicians call it now) - now when a worker trains for a job, he doesn't just have to compete with everyone in the department - he has to compete with everyone in the WORLD who can be trained for that. A few withheld dollars are the strongest vote, but it will take hunger to make the nation careful shoppers again. And that's coming too - how many toys will your grandkids buy earning 60-cents a day? :)

bob ny    Posted 07-10-2003 at 04:20:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
penny candy(sonetimes 10 for a penny), knowing the talephone operator by name, milk customers coming to the farm,horse drawn squiptment,mother and father not ma and pa (i still call my 92 yr.old mother mother)when no ment no and you only heard it once, bib overalls with one strap missing, running with bare feet all summer and swmming in the creek with the fish and whatever else was there wow i could realy get into this remembering

Blue Duck    Posted 07-10-2003 at 03:48:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
"By the sweat of his brow...shalt he eat bread." that may be paraphrased, but it pretty much sais it...Dr. Spock has invertently (sp?) created a society if of spoiled, self indulging, greedy, lazy brats who are now grown up and raising spoiled, lazy, self indulging brats of their own...i t worries me...these are to be the future leaders of ... US?
I say get out there. Work a piece of dirt, chase around 1200 lbs of steak on the hoof, get dirt under your nails, draw a bead of sweat to your brow, get a sunburn on you (and not from falling asleep on the beach) and for your childrens sake...get them out there with you...TEACH THEM...DONT let society, or the govt or negative peer preasures be their teachers. School them at home (if possible) fathers, put your kids right next to you and teach them of life and the meaning of honesty, hard wrok, fairness, and values, teach them about the Bible to them.

Corey    Posted 07-10-2003 at 05:19:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Amen, Amen, Amen.

Ron,Ar    Posted 07-09-2003 at 20:53:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
That pretty much says it all.Theres lotsa folks that will disagree with ya but it comes as hindsight, we let it get away from us.

Maggie/TX    Posted 07-09-2003 at 21:54:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
And that is a fact, DC and Ron! Here we sit wondering whatever happened to American made shoes, toys, cars, most clothing, and the list goes on. It is getting hard to find anything made in America now,and then folks look around and wonder why so many are out of work. We can say, "Thank you, NAFTA."

Corey    Posted 07-09-2003 at 20:21:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Everything you are talking about, I believe can be explained as this: Mans so called wisdom taking the place of the fear of God. The bible says the wisdom of man is foolishness to God and I believe it. My wife and I became biblical Christians 7 years ago and now I work at home as a mechanic and repair radiators and produce a small Christian newsletter, my wife no longer works an outside job and we homeschool the 2 kids, our total monthly bills are about 750 dollars per month. I no longer drink to wind down, cuss the wife, kick the dogs, or scare the kids. I also no longer have ulcers and have no ambitions for this life to clutter up my mind. My Lord provides and I let Him.

Larry    Posted 07-09-2003 at 19:52:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]

You will still find all that in Amish families.

WallSal55    Posted 07-09-2003 at 19:29:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
...Me? Gee, my folks are 76 and 75. I think they
were and are better off than I am (and I am not talking about money).
My future son-in-law thinks people used to be
wiser in the old days. He thinks people just
aren't wise any more.

Ron,Ar    Posted 07-09-2003 at 18:47:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
What happened? here is my ideas on the subject:Television, video games,malls,supercenters,fastfood,VCRs in every room,2 parents working, we want more, more more.

What ever happened to Saturday night out at the movies, drive-in theaters, malt shops? What happened to speaking to neighbors?

Clod    Posted 07-09-2003 at 18:45:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
I really enjoyed that story Blue duck.I agree with your comments fully. I dont really know what happened ,, Some call it progress. I would think progress means moveing ahead.. We are not always moveing ahead when our society and country changes.We substitute quanity for quality. We have more but it is of lower value.

Clod    Posted 07-09-2003 at 18:55:55       [Reply]  [No Email]

Old cars hold memories of all kinds.There is a singer,Dan Seals I think.He has a song.>> My old yellow car <<<< It fits this situation too, That we have changes but the present seldom is as agreeable as times past.I had an old yellow car too.

Richard c    Posted 07-10-2003 at 12:05:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Alot of the kids nowa days are Pale and fat! All they do is play video games and watch TV. I was groing up when Atari first came out and even though they were fun to play I still got my share of outdoors and never got swept into all that. The other point about both parents working is true to. I know my mom didnt work till my little brother was about 5 and hes five years younger than I. I shure hope to give my kids what I think the youth today arnt getting. Playing outside, fishing, camping I could go on. All the houses growing up in the country today ticks me off to. All that is doing is raising the price of land for the people who actually want to use it. Around here the crime has gone up in the rural areas cause all the idiots from the city are moving out there. God forbid them to walk outside during the day and leave the Airconditioning, they go out at night and screw with everything that they nothing about. And what is that? Its what people have worked and sweated for for generations (Land Fences equipment etc..) It makes me sick I think I will stop right here.

Clod    Posted 07-10-2003 at 20:35:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
They follow leadership.When I lived in DC the average person had a lawn you could cover with two sheets of plywood.The lawn was shared by four or five renters who walked past it to go to the job or commercial entertainment such as the tavern.Most all knew how to socialize and had great language to commmunicate but knew nothing technical so had to hire things done.But they could talk about anything.Not how to do things but how to mannage things done.They decided the auto should get 50 miles to a gallon and to force regulations on those who design them.I would ask these folks how are they going to improve beyond the 16 to 1 air/fuel mixture and they had no idea of what I ask them only several answers that had no relation to the question was tossed up.These fools say education will solve all our problems.I told them to look at the record because the educated has had total control of the country for fifty years now.

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