As technology advances, we lose sight of those things which came before; and how important stepping stones they were for today’s latest. E-mail was the thing about a decade ago – and then came the cell phone; and then folks didn’t e-mail as much since they could “text.”
You can send a message from here in Atlanta to Alaska in a matter of seconds – talk about the speed of light – what is next? Cyber-human transportation – it would cut down on hi-jacking; and terrorist in the skies. But you would have to be careful of those glitches that you didn’t end up in another galaxy.
Now we have the greatest communication tool ever invented – the social networks and especially Facebook. You can share what you had for dinner, when and where you are going on vacation – the robbers loves this last feature – pictures of your kids; (beware child molesters look here as well), and just about anything else that is on your mind.
But there is still great value and even fun in sending those “ole” e-mails. You can contact a host of folks or just a special one intended for a single person – and they make great testimony in a lot of trials. LOL
So… from Texas to Atlanta, this is the e-mail of the week: Seen this one before? Be sure to read to the end – writers; license you know. Great link to video as well.
“A grandson asked his grandmother what she thought about the shootings at schools, the computer age, and just things in general…
The Grandmother replied, “Well, let me think a minute, I was born before:
- Television, penicillin, polio shots, frozen foods, Xerox, contact lenses, Frisbees and the pill.
- There were no credit cards, laser beams or ball-point pens. Man had not invented: pantyhose, air conditioners, dishwashers, clothes dryers, and the clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air; and man hadn’t yet walked on the moon.
- Your Grandfather and I got married first, .. …. … and then lived together…Every family had a father and a mother.
- Until I was 25, I called every man older than me, “Sir”. And after I turned 25, I still called policemen and every man with a title, “Sir.”
- We were before gay-rights, computer-dating, dual careers, daycare centers, and group therapy. Our lives were governed by the Ten Commandments, good judgment, and common sense.
- We were taught to know the difference between right and wrong and to stand up and take responsibility for our actions.
- Serving your country was a privilege; living in this country was a bigger privilege…
- We thought fast food was what people ate during Lent.
- Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with your cousins.
- Draft dodgers were those who closed front doors as the evening breeze started.
- Time-sharing meant time the family spent together in the evenings and weekends-not purchasing condominiums.
- We never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CDs, electric typewriters, yogurt, or guys wearing earrings.
- We listened to Big Bands, Jack Benny, and the President’s speeches on our radios.And I don’t ever remember any kid blowing his brains out listening to Tommy Dorsey. If you saw anything with ‘Made in Japan ‘ on it, it was junk. (“Made in China replaced that one).
- The term ‘making out’ referred to how you did on your school exam…. Pizza Hut, McDonald’s, and instant coffee were unheard of.
- We had 5 &10-cent stores where you could actually buy things for 5 and 10 cents.
- Ice-cream cones, phone calls, rides on a streetcar, and a Pepsi were all a nickel.
- And if you didn’t want to splurge, you could spend your nickel on enough stamps to mail 1 letter and 2 postcards.
- You could buy a new Ford Coupe for $600… . but who could afford one? Too bad, because gas was 11 cents a gallon.
She said: “In my day:”
- “Grass” was mowed, coke” was a cold drink, pot” was something your mother cooked in and rock music” was your grandmother’s lullaby.
- Aids” were helpers in the Principal’s office, “Chip” meant a piece of wood,
- Hardware” was found in a hardware store and software” was family clothing.
Grandma and Grandpas will remember these as the good “ole” days and you young folks can shake your heads and wonder how they survived. Some families did not have running water and electricity; but love flowed like water; family closeness and fun lit up their world. ~~~~~~~~
It seems that the more advanced technology got – the further the family fell apart. Too many bright lights, noisy TV sets, sports arenas, cell phones and computers that are now taking the place of family devotions, church, neighborhood picnics, family friendly movies; and just plan ole goodness. Violence is the rule of the day. Gossip the tidbits of the day. Useless information here today and gone in a second to fill the mind with emptiness.
Above is a list of things people did not have; but all the books in the library could not hold the things that they did have.
Time marches on and waits for no one – and time brings changes – but not always good ones.
The Bible speaks a lot about old and new things:
- “Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things; His right hand and His holy arm have worked salvation for him.” Psalm 98:1
- “You have heard these things; look at them all. Will you not admit them? From now on I will tell you of new things, of hidden things unknown to you.” Isaiah 48:6
- “See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind. Isaiah 65:17
- “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” Matthew 24:35 (Heaven here means the skies and the universe connected to earth – not the Heavenly abode for those who believe.)
- “Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.” 1 Corinthians 13
Just for your listening fun check out the Statler brothers: “Do you remember these?” If you do, you are old; but you will smile from your heart throughout your whole body – rather than pierce it, drug it, or desecrate it.
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