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How Life Changes Over The Years

Updated on July 3, 2013

Dinner Together

Great Memories of Years Gone By

I always remember my younger years as feeling as though things were much simpler then. Oh but how things have changed over the years. I don't feel like my children have thought of their lives as simple as everything is so much faster paced, difficult, complicated and competitive.

Maybe its because, I had a vision. I knew what I liked and didn't like. I didn't have all the same types of pressures that are present these days. And I'm not really talking about really young but more like a teen or young adult. I feel like we stayed kids when we were supposed to be kids but grew up when it was expected of us.

Great memories of years gone by would include big family gatherings which we all looked forward to. It would include going to church on Sundays. It would include all piling into the car to go somewhere special whether it be for a whole day or just to get an ice cream cone. It included doing something I enjoyed (playing tennis or basketball) without my whole family including parents, grandparents and extended family coming to watch me compete. I'd then come home, my Mom would ask how the game was and I'd say, it was fun.

Great memories would include camping together, eating popcorn while watching the Sunday night Disney movie on TV (not a huge flat screen either). Those non stressful times would include being trusted to be home at a certain time without a cellphone call check up.

Oh how life changes over the years.

I Do Remember

Things are different now. There isn't time for eating dinner together every night.We had a specific time for that. It was 5:00pm and everyone was expected to be home and sit down to eat together.

Family gatherings and a specific mealtime seem to be the last thing on the agenda these days as their is usually something better or more important to attend. Family comes last and friends and activities come first. And I'm not just talking about the kids in the family but the adults too. Everyone seems to be involved in so much.

I do remember times when I just wanted to be with friends only but rules in our household were no phone calls on Sundays as that was a family day. If I said no phone call or texting to any child this day in age, I don't know if they could get through the day. The cell phone is now an extension of the hand. Constant contact has become the most important thing. Everything else comes later. Family, jobs, driving, sleeping, eating are all secondary to phone messaging.

I'm getting a little off track here. It's just that I often wonder what it would be like if our society went back to a little less technology and a little more face to face communication.

Things Have Been Good Over The Years

I feel very old writing this hub although of course I'm not. It's just the fact that sometimes maybe we should keep some of the things that seem to go by the wayside as time goes by. Change with the time but keep the important and good things intact. Of course our lives will change as time goes by but if certain things have been good over the years then they are worth keeping, holding on to and teaching so they are not lost.


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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      These early memories are an anchor to the values which shaped us. We need them. Great reading!