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Moving Right Along???

Updated on July 22, 2010

As I sit here on the freeway---inching along and I'm tired of listening to the stereo stations that have more commercials than music.  Now! why can't we just push a button and zap we are there---like star trek "beam me up Scotty."  I think they now refer to this as PROGRESS and MOVING FORWARD.

I look down at the gear shift---R=REVERSE; Dare we go there for a moment, for we sure aren't going---D=DRIVE.  Most folks reading this did not have the opportunity to hear and listen to someone that traveled through time that you and I will never in some part be able to experience.

I have written many hubs about this lady---my mother and hubber (jerilee wei) grandmother---we just called her GRAM.  (It's Free Take It)  (Grandma's Big Splash)  Yet as i sit here complaining I remember how she told of her many ways of travel really began.

Daisy Genevieve Owen---"Gram"

Born 1911:  Ozark Mt, Missouri 

It is hard to imagine now of sitting in the back of a covered wagon bouncing along and trying to hold on while her father guided a team through ruts and around rocks on their way from Missouri to Arkansas.  The only time that they went fast was when her father who loved to race his team came along one or two others that  were willing to set a wager and a better pace.  "Now here I sit complaining because I cannot go 70 mph on a 65 mph freeway."???  

After her mother and father died and she and her brothers were farmed out to relatives and at the age of sixteen she helped herself to the egg---money and caught a train to go as far as the egg money would take her---Phoenix Arizona.  "Now, here again I sit complaining with the AC on high."

First Car
First Car

There was this stick with a little knob on it and there was no indication of what we know now as D, P, R, N, L.  No! you had to learn and know where to put that stick to make it engage at the same time as you stepped down and released this pedal called a clutch---which was right next to the brake pedal.

This transportation was used to get her from a room in a rooming house to her now very important job---as being one of the first car-hops at a hamburger drive-in.  No! you did not talk to a box hanging on a post and then drive forward to receive your juicy burger.  This young girl came out and served your food to you on a tray with a smile.

Note: some years later (Grandma Your Busted)

At the young age of 70 this lady wanted to take a trip in an airplane and it was like seeing a little kid at Christmas.   Now we stand in long lines and are searched and x-rayed for this same journey while they lose are luggage. 


Yes, we have all came a long ways to get from POINT A---to---POINT B and maybe someday we will have that button and I know that GRAM would be first to push it.



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    • Ginn Navarre profile imageAUTHOR

      Ginn Navarre 

      8 years ago

      saddlerider thanks, I too remember learning to drive in a truck with all the gears because it was all we had. I was sixteen years old and when I showed up at the DMV in Long Beach Calif, the tester refused to get in the truck with me for the test??? I had to borrow a car to take that test and receive my first licence.

      I'm 78 years young now and have GEARED down for now I just drive that ole 94 ford pickup truck that is still moving--right--along.

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      8 years ago

      Yes indeed I remember those car hops, even as late as 1965 they had them with the AW drive-ins. I remember as well my uncles car, the clutch and having to know when and how to shift that handle beside the right steering column.

      It would have been a real challenge leading a team of horses and covered wagon through mountains. I drove enough semis in my day over and through many mountains in America and I had 13 gears to shift:0) Thanks for sharing those early memories. And your right we complain with the luxuries we have in the 21st century. Makes me laugh.

    • Ginn Navarre profile imageAUTHOR

      Ginn Navarre 

      8 years ago

      brightforyou, thanks for dropping in.

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      Helen Lewis 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Great memories of 'the good old days',thanks for sharing!

    • Ginn Navarre profile imageAUTHOR

      Ginn Navarre 

      8 years ago

      Glenn they say that the older you get the less patience you have---well I'm ready to push that button???? You will just have to wait your turn I'm first.

    • Ginn Navarre profile imageAUTHOR

      Ginn Navarre 

      8 years ago

      Glenn they say that the older you get the less patience you have---well I'm ready to push that button???? You will just have to wait your turn I'm first.

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      Glenn Stok 

      8 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Interesting and beautiful way to show how progress occurs. I've seen a lot of change in my life and can only imagine what will come in the future. That button will exist someday for lots of things.

    • Ginn Navarre profile imageAUTHOR

      Ginn Navarre 

      8 years ago

      Goldie I think that your grandmother Goldie also did a good job with you along the way. thanks

    • Ginn Navarre profile imageAUTHOR

      Ginn Navarre 

      8 years ago

      sheila b thanks it seems that we all have a family member that taught us things along the way---without us even realizing it.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      8 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      You are so very wise! Thank you for sharing. Great Hub!

    • sheila b. profile image

      sheila b. 

      8 years ago

      Wonderful family memories and a great last line.


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