Today’s parents can’t imagine raising their children in a time where they can’t call their cell phone or track them on an app to locate them? Yet somehow, we all survived just that! Was life so much safer then? Or were we all just oblivious to the dangers out there? I wonder….
Let’s look back at a few of the things today’s grandparents lived through that would be considered careless, or even illegal today: I’m pretty sure the day my parents brought me home from the hospital, my mother just held me in her arms (probably in the front seat!). Remember those tiny little orange flavored baby aspirin that were given for every fever and pain? As a young child, I rode in the car, not only without a seat-belt, but on the center armrest in the front seat. As an older child, I often rode in the back of a pickup truck. We didn’t have air conditioning, instead, we had box fans in the windows. My friends and I often had slumber parties in a tent in the back yard. When I started 7th grade, I walked to and from school, alone. Can you imagine?? In order to do research I actually had to go to a library and look up facts in books and encyclopedias. Until I was a teenager (when we got our first microwave) we had to use the stove to warm any food. During the summer months, I left the house on my bicycle and rode to my friends’ houses, the library or the public pool. As long as I was home before the street lights came on, all was good!
Today, we have cellphones and GPS to know where our family members are at any given time. Medications are monitored more closely. My grandchildren are given very few medicines without a thorough Google search, and/or a conversation with a health care provider. Car seats are mandatory to even leave the hospital with your newborn baby. And it is now illegal for driver or passengers to ride in a motor vehicle without a seat-belt. Central heat and air are quite common these days. Children rarely walk anywhere alone anymore. I would have an anxiety attack if my grandkids stayed in a tent anywhere. And I hope that my old encyclopedias will make me rich as a collectors’ item one day!
Yes, times have changed over the past 50 years. For better or worse is sometimes hard to say. Things seemed much simpler back then, didn’t they? Days weren’t as hurried. People didn’t seem as stressed. We didn’t have a lot, but what we had was everything.
So I wonder, does easier and faster make life better……….or in our constant rush, do we only strive to do more, instead of taking the time to enjoy what we have already accomplished?
Psalm 118:24 This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.