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Yesterday One More Time???

Updated on August 25, 2009

I will attempt to put some of my (crazy thoughts and wacky humor and been there and done that) down for some of you young-ones.  They say that there is a time to laugh and a time to be serious.  Well I had to challenge that---and found that I could always entwined those two elements together and have much more success.

Now I am not saying that yesterday was better.  There is a saying "What you never had you do not miss" and that is true but you and only you can do something about it.  Today all I hear is "what are they going to do about this."  This meaning the government???  Are these the same people that are complaining about to-much-government?


Today--I would bet that some complained about the high cost of food.  Yet you go to the market and purchase can goods, fruit and vegetables.  Stop and ask yourself could you not can and prepare your vegetables and fruit?

Yesterday--Your mother and grandmother canned vegetables and fruits that would last through the winter.  Oh yes, I know you say you don't have time because you work--well I would wager my last nickle on who worked the hardest--you or your parents or grandparents.  Their jobs consisted of a normal 10 hours a day and 6 days a week.

Today--Ask yourself do you know all of your neighbors living on your street or do you care or make time to do so?

Yesterday--We knew our neighbors because we made that simple effort to--care.  Yet that being said there was usually one ole grouch that everyone swore that the would never leave a jar of jam on his door step at Christmas again.  He probably still has more home-made jam that we do?

Today--We have all these wonderful appliances, some even have little battery operated vacuum cleaners that move around over the wall to wall carpets without our assistance.  Of course this gives us that much needed time to watch our favorite TV show.

Yesterday--We hung those carpets over the clothes line and beat the dirt out.  This was usually a job handed down to the kids.  Some times we made games out of this chore and the exercise was much healthier for our body's than those kids of today that sit there exercising their thumbs on the remote games.

Today--Before you go to bed at night, you double check the doors and windows to make sure that everything is locked tight with double bolt locks.  We even have security cameras and systems at our finger tips for when ever we feel there might be danger. 

Yesterday--Doors to homes were seldom locked and then it was probably with just a skeleton key that everyone had and that fit all doors.  Of course there was that most reliable one of all-he was most likely a mix-breed dog, big or little it didn't matter for he could raise the devil if a stranger came near the house.

Today--If one is not feeling up to par, they call a specialist for what ever ails them and complain about how terrible it was because they had to wait to get an appointment and then wait in the waiting room too long.  Of course by this time most of their symptoms had disappeared the day before but they left the office with a new prescription in hand.

Yesterday--Our doctors made house calls carrying everything that they needed to heal in a little black bag?

With all the progess and technology that we have now laid in front of us and is part of our daily life, I wonder how many people can or are drawing on some of those basic ways to just help them selves in today's down turns.  Maybe it's time  to take one--step back to  gain two steps forward.  

  If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin---Will Rogers


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      Ginn Navarre 6 years ago

      Hey Becky,I think that the thing that most people didn't learn and bring with them to today's time is SIMPLY COMMON-SENSE? Greed got in the way!

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      Becky 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      I miss the good ole days. Maybe we need to take a few giant steps backwards. If only.... Thanks for a good thought provoking read.

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      Ginn Navarre 8 years ago

      William,thanks---I agree those days can not come back but some of them can learn to stand on their own to feet and quit expecting someone else to take care of them. The simple basic methods are still there.

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      William F Torpey 8 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      The "good old days" were certainly far better than we put up with today, but it's not really possible for the younger ones to duplicate our experiences. One of the major changes is in the loss of manufacturing jobs and the pressure corporations put on us to take jobs all around the country. Even during the Great Depression we knew most of our neighbors because they lived and worked in the same place for decades. Now your neighbors move every couple of years when their jobs send them elsewhere. Back then, most women (and mothers) were homemakers and fathers worked near their neighborhoods -- and both parents were "there" for the children. I'm afraid those days are gone forever. Thanks for the memories.

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      Ginn Navarre 8 years ago

      Yes Cris, sometimes to much when it is turned into greed can be some peoples--down fall.

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      Cris A 8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Ms Ginn

      I guess we rely on things invented/created to make things easier too much. And it seems they're never enough given our penchant for complaints. Nice insightful hub :D

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      BJC 8 years ago from Florida

      Brings us back to what is really important - many thanks!!


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      Ginn Navarre 8 years ago

      Yes Jerilee, I agree---love ya

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      Jerilee Wei 8 years ago from United States

      I call for a "redo" of yesterday, seems a whole lot less troublesome. Love you.

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      Ginn Navarre 8 years ago

      Thanks Brenda

      Yes Feline, they too had their positives and negatives but we didn't wait for someone else to fix it. thank you.

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      Feline Prophet 8 years ago

      Those were the days...tra la la! :)

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      \Brenda Scully 8 years ago

      great hub

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      Ginn Navarre 8 years ago

      Smireles thanks, the young-ins now days,probably won't worry until somethings are taken out of their everyday demands.

      Janice, we all have options. Christmas presents at my house are easy (a basket with a home-made loaf of bread and an little jar of homemade jam) is something that is so appreciated and you can't buy that at the store. Warning! once you start they will be disappointed if you don't do the same next time. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Janice Mireles 8 years ago

      Love this!

      I was wondering just this week about how strange it is not to know any of my neighbors.

      Derek and I have talked about canning for christmas presents, but have yet to do it.

      and I am very happy to report great success with a company, who are bringing great services to our community!

      Glad to be reminded that there are other options out there than the automatic battery operated fall backs we often turn to. Thanks!

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      Sandra Mireles 8 years ago from Texas


      You took me back a long way with this one. Awesome! The kids need to see this!

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      Ginn Navarre 8 years ago

      Thanks Nancy, The Carpenters and the Bee Gee's CD's are right here on my shelf too.

      G-Ma, you're right most of the young ones won't read or listen or learn from the past history, but that won't stop me from nagging them about it. When I was young I was the same way.

      Yet, we live in a country where we can voice our thoughts and have a source like this hub to vent our lessons learned--so many do not and I am grateful.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      "Yesterday--We knew our neighbors because we made that simple effort to--care. Yet that being said there was usually one ole grouch that everyone swore that the would never leave a jar of jam on his door step at Christmas again. He probably still has more home-made jam that we do"?

      this was great and I couldn't agree more with you, just hope some of the young ones read it...Tough to leave our lessons to them anymore...We have become so 'ME' minded...

      We are all headed for something bigger then we can handle...:O) hugs P.S. loved the video too :O)

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      Nancy's Niche 8 years ago

      Ginn, the "yesterdays" comments sure took me back to comforting thoughts and memories...Loved the Carpenters---they and the Bee Gee’s are still a favorite….