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.
In the South, this time of year is known for heat, mosquitoes, watermelon, and sweet tea. These things haven’t changed over the years….or have they?
I don’t remember it being quite so hot when I was young. I wonder if it’s my memory that’s off or was it my internal thermostat? Even in today’s heat my grand kids would much rather play outside than indoors.
When I was a teenager, summer mornings were spent working in my grandparents’ garden. I remember rows and rows of vegetables. There were peas to pick, potatoes to dig, squash, tomatoes, pole beans and fruit trees. How did they do it? Plowing, planting, hoeing, weeding and whatever else took place in the heat of the day to make a garden grow. Am I the only one who had to shell peas in order to watch t.v.? I had purple thumbs for weeks! Now, most vegetables are purchased at the store or the Farmer’s Market. Are there any Grandparents that still grow a garden? Any that still can and preserve? Something I wish I had paid more attention to. It seems that when we have the time to learn things, we don’t have the interest, And when we have the interest, we don’t have the time? Now it all seems like a lost art….
But we still have watermelon, sweet tea…..And Mosquitoes!!
Grandparents today are not what they used to be. Back in “the Day”, most of us had grandparents that stayed at home, their working days behind them. They occupied their time with gardening, crafting, cooking, homemaking, and grandchildren.
Today’s grandparents can’t imagine such a life. Most of us still work full or part-time jobs and struggle just to keep the laundry done! It seems that the age of grandparents is getting younger but the age we can afford to retire is getting older! Whats up with that?
How many grandparents out there are in their 50’s and 60’s and get to stay home and not work? And how do you do it?
I currently work a full-time job, Monday – Friday. On weekends there are the usual household duties; laundry, cleaning, yard work, fixing things, etc….. And as hard as I try to keep up with these things during the week, I just come home too tired. Why doesn’t our energy level as long as our work schedules do?
So, where is our time to enjoy our grand babies? Those sweet little blessings that are our reward for surviving our kids’ teenage years. And then there are their schedules; school, baseball, dance, soccer or whatever other activities are in season. By the time our schedules allow us to get together, I’m usually too tired to be any fun! I always wanted to be a Fun Grandparent! And sometimes I feel like I’m failing miserably! I need more time, more energy! Or a Clone!!
Psalm 127:3 Children are a gift from the Lord, a reward from him.
Hello there Blog world! I am a 51 year old Grandmother to 3 blessings! I decided to write this blog because “Grandparenting” has changed SO much since I was a child! I thought it would be fun to explore the differences and discuss the things that go on in the modern day world of grandparents. I hope you will join me on this journey and maybe we can learn from each other!