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11-20-2019 06:19 PM - edited 11-20-2019 06:22 PM
Who else bought the live small green turtles from the dime stores? Sometimes they had flowers painted on their back.
I bet I bought at least 10 of them when I was a child.
This sort of purchase was right up there with the "pee-pees" (baby chicks) that we purchased from the local granary. At Easter time, they were dyed in lovely pastel shades and piled one on top of the other in the granary window. It was inhumane, that's for sure, but we were unaware of those sorts of things back then.
We bought two each Spring.
11-20-2019 06:35 PM
Just read today ecommerce is experiencing challenges with a huge number of "returns."
Not so sure online shopping will remain as popular as it is today. It may take some time before it wears off and new and exciting brick and mortar stores, new concept malls might attract those looking for new experiences...actually, seeing, feeling, and trying on products for those who only know online shopping. Humans are social creatures...wanting to be around others. Online shopping is solitary and can be quite lonely.
11-20-2019 06:42 PM
Someone on Pinterest remembered the dyed "pee-pees" and provided photos. Those chicks were so cute.
Coloring chicks is cruel, though.
And what happened to those chicks once they stopped being cute?
Did they become dinner, or were they just dicarded, and became dinner for a cat, or a fox, or some other wildlife.
Yes, "times were different", but we should have known then that it was cruel to subject these animals to a life of inhumane treatment.
11-20-2019 06:56 PM - edited 11-20-2019 06:59 PM
Ours became dinner after they reached adulthood.
Once again revealing how different times were back then, people were allowed to raise chickens in the downtown area of our small town. Of course they raised them in their backyard and had a chicken coop. One woman I remember well would slaughter her chickens and those of others as well. My father's restaurant was a block away from her home (which was a townhouse).
My parents would take the mature chickens to her so that she could prep them for my mother to cook.
I did not want to hear about it, of course. It broke my heart.
Even in our neighborhood that was on the last street out going south, two families had chicken coops in their backyard -- and one had a horse. What fun it was for us to mount the horse or take a ride with the horse pulling the carriage. Sweet!
11-20-2019 07:07 PM
It was okay to be cruel to animals back in the day, because "times were different", but during those same exact times, it wasn't okay for men to sexually harass women, even though "times were different".
The excuse is okay for one, but not the other.
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