It has been a while since I last blogged. For that, my faithful followers I apologize. I have been a bit pre-occupied with a number of other things. However, right now, I digress to what I have been thinking about for a while now: simple. More importantly, a simple life. No, I am not referring to the television show starring Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie.
I am refering back to sometime... the early 80's, heck maybe even back to the 50's. Now, I cannot speak first hand about anything prior to the early 80's as I was not old enough to comprehend anything that may have transpired as I was but a wee young lad. Rather, I can only tell you what I wish: a simpler life.
I remember when Sundays were, well, a day of rest and relaxation. No, I am not talking about religion. I am talking about when all the stores were closed, gas stations weren't open for business. Sundays were a day for families to be together. Mom and Dad didn't work, there were no sporting events to take the kids to. The only time kids were taken somewhere by their parents was to go to Grandma's house, maybe church. Or maybe, just maybe they went on a family picnic to the park. Heck, is it so oft to think that they just stayed at home, worked on the house, played with the kids in the yard and made Sundaes in the kitchen before they all sat down to watch a family movie... didn't matter if it was Mary Poppins for the upteenth time, they were together and that is really all that mattered.
When's the last time you sat down at the table with whomever you are living with for dinner at a normal hour? No, 6:30 at night with you in the kitchen and your significant other in the livingroom watching the television doesn't count. I remember when dinner was a half hour after Dad got home from work, TV was off and Mom and Dad asked about or day at school. We all sat at the table and sat in our designated chairs. The table was set and we asked to be excused.
I don't know. I think there is a huge disconnect and although I do not have an insight... I am just trying to bring back the family togetherness... I wish the world would put some stock in that. No, greed has us working on Sunday for time and a half. There are sporting events scheduled Monday thru Sunday so kids get home as late as eight to sit down and eat... no time to digest for bed and we wonder why kids are getting more and more obese. They tell us to use credit cards because it's easier. What happened to lay-a-way? I remember vividly going to Zayre's and buying something for my mom in February and paying it off the week for Christmas but it was in cash and I owed nobody anything.
That's for another day...