Growing Up In a Different Age
Now, I'm a grandfather, but I still recall growing up as a child and the quality times we had as a family...
Today, merchandise is not manufactured to last
When I was a boy clothing lasted a lot longer than it does today
Hi guys, I’m Sam from upper east Tennessee. Though I was born in Bristol, I’ve made Johnson City my home for almost thirty years now but I’m still within twenty-five miles of where I grew up as a child. I was the youngest of three boys and growing up in the late forties and early fifties meant a lot of my clothing was ‘hand me downs’. Back then clothing lasted a lot longer than it does today. Manufacturers leaned more toward quality in the finished product as opposed to quantity in the number of sales like today. Clothing was all American made for one thing and companies took pride in their products. Now a days, it’s hard to find clothing made in America, and quality is not as readily scrutinized as it once was and glancing at the tags shows that the articles we cover ourselves with today could have been manufactured almost anywhere in the world.
As a family we spent time together
I only wanted to play
Times were simple and everyone knew everyone else in the community. Homes were built with front porches back then and families would go outside and sit around together in chairs and maybe a swing after a good homemade supper and talk to one another about all that had happen that day while their food was settling my dad used to say. We boys were eager to play some more before dark and the time we would have to come in and get cleaned up for bed, but mom and dad were firm and said that this was the only time of the day we had to be a family and we all could spare a few minutes after supper to be together. We didn’t have television and computers had not even been thought of back then. There was a telephone, but we shared the line with two or three neighbors and mom or dad were the only ones who could use it.
Do you remember family time as you grew up?
Sometimes the children have to compete for recognition
Could some parents be missing it?
Today, you seldom see a home with a front porch at all, and worse you don’t see families gathering together to sit and talk together. Today’s culture says that most of the family’s activities have moved to the back of the house and neighbors sometimes never see their neighbors much less get to know them well enough to simply past the time of day. Times have certainly changed and we can’t always say the changes have been for the best. It’s true the wages have increased and we have more at home in the way of entertainment sometimes having more than one TV, a few computers and/or X-boxes and even multiple telephones not to mention multiple automobiles, boats and RV’s. We have everything we could ask for as far as conveniences and pleasures are concerned, but sometimes the parents can’t even name their children’s teachers at school.
Today's children are given anything they want
In our attempts to give our kids all they want, I feel many parents have failed to give their own children what they really need and have reached out for, but to no avail, the love and fellowship of loving and caring family members. Times have not changed so much that we no longer need the love and bonding that was present in our grandparent’s day. You know what; I kinda miss those times when families were close…
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