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Re: Anyone wish they could go back to the good old days??

There were some great things about growing up in the 50's and 60's - I had a great childhood, that's for sure, but my mother worked VERY hard...She was one of the few moms that worked full time (nights as a nurse) then came home to cook, clean,etc...my dad did not help...poor woman must have been exhausted all the time!!

But I do think sometimes people have the idea that horrible things didn't happen as much back then - in my opinion, that is so not true!!

It's just that today we have 24 hour instant news that has to be filled up somehow...so everyone hears about horrific happenings (murders, abductions, child abuse, war, torture, etc)...and there are lots more people in the world today, so the percentage of "bad people" is bigger...There have always been dangers in the world

I do think, because we moved around so much, my son didn't have the benefit of growing up in one neighborhood and around alot of family like I did. I think he may have missed out on some things, because of that....

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Re: Anyone wish they could go back to the good old days??

On 2/12/2015 suzeecat said:

I work in a law office. When I started (30 yrs. ago) every attorney had their own secretary. This was before computers. When computers came, everyone was spouting off about a "paperless" office and how much more efficient we would be. Secretaries now work for 3-4 attorneys and have tons more paperwork and computer glitches up the you-know-what. Some things are definitely better, but overall life is much more complicated. I wouldn't miss computers at work and the internet one bit. One thing I don't miss is waiting in long lines at the bank drive-thru to cash my paycheck every payday (before auto-deposit and ATMs and debit cards).

I had a momentary flashback the other day while driving and I heard a car horn. It reminded me of being in high school and sitting on my front porch. When a friend drove by, they would honk to say hi. Now when I hear a car horn it's someone who's angry.

Just happened to read your post. I also work in a law office -- 32 years. I remember quite well the pre-computer days and wouldn't mind traveling back in time. The pace of activity today in a law office can be so grueling and non-stop - especially today when I want to throw my computer through the window. Just thought I would share.

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On 2/12/2015 Krimpette said:

There were many things I liked better about the good old days. Probably more than I like about the present time, although I might feel differently if there were not so much terror and sadness in the world today.

No terror? I remember air-raid drills where we had to crawl under our desks and cover our heads (like THAT would have done much good if a bomb was dropped on us!)

Like others have posted, there were good things back then and not so good things. I grew up on Long Island, we locked out doors even when I was a kid. Moved to Ohio in the late 70s and settled in a small town. Our kids still play outside, we still have community pride, the whole community comes out for high school football games, summer softball leagues and little league. We know our neighbors, we know all the kids in the neighborhood and watch out for our senior citizens. Do we have problems? Sure, just like there were problems back in "the good ol' days"

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Re: Anyone wish they could go back to the good old days??

I have fond memories of the so called "good old days" of the 50's & 60's of growing up! The only reason I'd like to go back, is seeing my loved ones that are no longer living, but as far as no color TV, no microwave, going through all the childhood diseases (which are being brought back, unfortunately) going to school again ........... no thanks, LOL!

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Yes, I miss so many family members that are gone, life was more caring , simple things like spending time with family, every sunday we all got together at my grandparents home, grandma cooked dinner, we all sat around and talked, then forward to the 70's, I got married, had my first born son, I wish I could go back and just live again in that time, learn from my mistakes, my first born shane died in 1998, then lost my husband in 2013, I so miss them.

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Re: Anyone wish they could go back to the good old days??

I think it depends on your viewpoint. As a child of the 50s it was a good time with lots of freedoms. But if I look at it from my mother's viewpoint, it would be different.

the freezer needed defrosting

there was no dryer or dishwasher or disposal

diapers were cloth

dads took the only car to work each day

grocery stores had short hours

vacuums didn't even had disposable bags

schools and society was not integrated

women were locked out of good jobs

women were not encouraged to pursue their education

bras had fabric backs and non-elastic straps

you had to wear a girdle

sheets, tablecloths, pillowcases, and napkins needed ironing

heat came from a coal burning furnace that had to be fed 24/7

starch had to be melted in boiling water and items dipped

ironing needed sprinkling and stored cold

everything clothing related seemed to need ironing

I would not want to go back as an adult.

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On 2/12/2015 Hooty said:

I have fond memories of the so called "good old days" of the 50's & 60's of growing up! The only reason I'd like to go back, is seeing my loved ones that are no longer living, but as far as no color TV, no microwave, going through all the childhood diseases (which are being brought back, unfortunately) going to school again ........... no thanks, LOL!

You bring up a lot of the points I was going to make.

Sometimes I do miss the "good old days". It just seemed like a simpler time. I crave it sometimes and get my fix by watching old shows on Netflix--like the Andy Williams Show and Leave it to Beaver. Wholesome family shows.

On the other hand, I would be the first to admit I would miss the technology we have now. We also have to appreciate all the advancement in the field of medicine.

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I was born in 1955. I definitely miss the innocence of the '60's and even '70's in some regard. I Though there has always been crime I don't think it was as rampant and violent as it is today. We played outside all day only coming home for dinner. I don't think our parents had to worry like we, the parents of today do. I have grown children with the youngest being 21. She rides the subway everyday (live in NY) and I don't know what I would do if I couldn't be in touch with her by text or cell phone, yet I worked in the city and my parents didn't see me until I got home from work. Another thing that bothers me and maybe I'm just a prude but geez commercials for Viagra, condoms and everything else that I feel uncomfortable watching in front of my kids and grandkids. I do miss the innocence of the '60's.
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On 2/12/2015 faeriemoon said:

No.

For many reasons.


Same here.

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Re: Anyone wish they could go back to the good old days??

In the 'good old days' there was a lot of keeping our heads in the sand. Knowledge might be a pain to deal with sometimes but ignorance is definitely not bliss!