Beautiful Old Times 1960's - Worth a Journey Back?
Were you a kid in the sixties or so?
Surely not all things were beautiful in the old times. Though I barely remember -- as I was busy learning to walk ( I was born in the 60s anyway) I just wonder what was in that period that keeps me going back. I started to see and understand everything at the age of 5.
If you were born in the 1950's or 1960's, perhaps pudding over a cup of tea can make you stop and sit down with me as we journey back?
Mom and Dad of Old Times
Life was not that busy. Mothers looked after their kids. They preferred a much simpler life spending the day around the house and the kitchen, cleaning, cooking what's in the fridge, knitting and sewing ... oh those lovely things of long ago... as if being a mother and wife was a full-pledged career.
Fathers at that time seemed not too busy to miss out time for family and church on Sundays. I think we all have the same classic figure of a sole provider and disciplinarian 1950s and 1960s Dad. Although fathers of the old times worked with a somewhat boring day from 9-to-5 while Moms stay at home to manage the kids, many of us have continued to appreciate Dads of the 1950s and 1960s as the kind of fathers we hoped for with the family lives we dreamed of.
Timeless and Classic Dressing
Men and women of the old decades were almost never seen with anything less than perfect fit.
Women were encouraged to look elegant and feel good wearing clothes that cover almost all parts of the body -- a tradition that taught tailors to be masters in making dresses that perfectly fit all curves. Women of the old times take pride of their feminine side by the way they dress. Labeled clothes weren't even thought about, not to mention their backcombed bouffants and coiled hairstyles.
Men were mostly particular with immaculate suits, collars and shirts that must be crisp. Let's not forget the most beautiful of silver cufflinks and the classic-smelling pomades responsible for the stiffest of the stiffest of hair.
With such air of gracefulness, women make smooth movements. Though there was no rule saying they have to be graceful all the time, they simply do. They may move quickly from task to task and place to place, yet they never look harried. This perhaps is the vintage etiquette that makes traditional women very feminine.
Old times also captured time and profession when men opened doors and pulled out chairs for women. Chivalry was strong. It portrayed how men of long ago truly cared about their being courteous and dutiful as the stronger sex.
It is beautiful chivalry still exist in many societies today. Many guys still exhibit respect and compassion for those around them. The gesture has preserved gentlemanly manners of guys long ago... and thanks to them for living up to it.
The Joy of Doing Things Manually
There wasn't much of powered appliances and tools long ago. Work was done slowly and still get all jobs done. Doing things manually may not have been as easy compared to the way things are done with today's push button, yet folks benefited by getting some time to think with what to do and mastered details by heart.
Haven't you wondered why your grandfather seems to find sustainable solutions to many things quick and easy?
Broken things were always considered for repair and not thrown away. It was beautiful how people put value to every single thing they owned no matter how small that thing was. No cellphone to get them in touch with someone miles away in seconds, and no internet to send letters to the other side of the world in a mere click of a mouse.
The 1960's Home
The spirit of a typical 1960's home is relaxing, comfortable, light, quiet and very country. Families were more idealistic. It was easy to gather the children and all together watched television in the evenings, instead of everyone having their own TV watching another show. Since there weren't as many working moms, families enjoyed eating dinner together.
On the weekends, pork and beans, fried or mashed potatoes, cooked bananas, bread toast, corn on the cob and sweet porridge were special treats. I well remember how I loved joining my mother and godmothers having afternoon tea at the age of 5. I wonder what was with my tea that I couldn't just forget. It seemed a really hot memory that I continue to cherish to this day.
Kids walking to school everyday was normal. They were safe and could walk the streets in the evening and parents didn't have to worry about their children's safety as much as they do today. Kids got along well in groups and they simply enjoyed company without peer pressures.
Since life was so simple then, nearly all teenagers liked to read, they communicate the old-fashioned way, teenage girls were mostly confined to doing chores at home assisting Mom in her crochets and teenage boys to mow the lawn. They had few choices with the exception of being a teacher, nurse, stenographer, or a stewardess (I wanted to be a stewardess):=)
One thing so beautiful about life of the old times - everyone knew everyone else back then. Even though life before was a lot backward or "boring," no one said they regret anything. I must admit though, all these things are simply worth looking back.
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