Am I a True Anachronism...
...or Just an Old-Fashioned-Kind-of-Gal?
Again, I turn to my absolute favorite tome for definitions, the American Heritage College Dictionary, Third Edition, for the meaning of the word, "anachronism", as follows: 1. Representation of someone as existing or something as happening in other than the chronological, proper, or historical order. 2. One that is out of its proper or chronological order."
Now, you may be asking yourself (or maybe not - is it really any of my business?) what makes me think that I am an anachronism? Perhaps you'll see what I mean if I list certain thoughts and leanings, as follows (in no particular level of importance):
1. When I make cookies, not only do I not use a mix, I eschew using electric beaters to combine the ingredients, depending instead on my good right arm.
2. I sometimes have an irresistible urge to churn butter.
3. I mend by hand my and my son's clothing instead of throwing the garments out. If the items are beyond repair, I save them as scrap for stuffing hand-sewn pillows or for use in patching other items.
4. In the summer season, I yearn to have windows facing east or west and north or south in order to facilitate a wonderful cross-breeze.
5. I not only enjoy listening to the Andrews Sisters, I know many of the lyrics to their most popular songs.
6. I know how to use a manual typewriter, as well as various types of correction methods (fluids, tapes).
7. I very much enjoy hanging my clothing and other items out on a clothesline on a sunny, breezy day.
8. I would have no problem, were it necessary (not to mention affordable) for me to do so, in having to learn to ride on and care for a horse, rather than using internal-combustion-powered transportation.
9. I have no problem walking to wherever I need to go.
10. I sometimes long for the return of women wearing gloves and hats, and of men wearing hats and tipping or removing them in the presence of a lady.
11. I know more about the Great Depression and World War II than anyone else my age who does not possess a degree in history.
12. I know how to use hand-signals for stopping (left arm down), turning left (left arm level), and turning right (left arm raised) when driving.
13. I know who Fred Allen, Robert Benchley, Dorothy Parker, Damon Runyon, Cornelia Otis Skinner, H. Allen Smith and Donald Ogden Smith are, and I very much enjoy reading their works.
So, I leave it to you, Dear Reader, to decide as to whether I belong in this era, or in another time past.