Maybe not so good …

“Do not say, ‘Why were the old days better than these?’ For it is not wise to ask such questions.” Ecclesiastes 7:10

I used to hear my parents refer to the “old days” a lot when I was a kid. Now, I say, “I remember when I was a kid …” The stories my mom told, like hand picking the corn in the fields, pitching bales of hay onto a hay rack, and ringing the neck of a chicken to butcher it and cook it for dinner, were hardly easy times.

For me, the good ole days meant more family get togethers on Sunday afternoons; out-door movies with brown grocery bags full of popcorn, and not having to clean a bathroom (the outhouse was broomed out occasionally).

For the most part, I can’t think of many things I would say were better when I was a kid than now. However, children seemed to have more respectful for their parents, teachers, and elders. Rules had a meaning and a consequence. The evening news had more credibility before ratings became an issue, and families with young children could watch nearly any TV show together. Food was less processed and almost everything I ate was naturally organic.

The good old days seemed to be less hectic, competitive, and more peaceful. But, I have a way of conveniently forgetting the things in the past that were not so much fun.

Lord, help us live for today, not in the memories of the past. Amen.

 

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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