So I had me one.
I think the only things I did all day that even came close to being work were to wash up a few dishes and sweep the kitchen floor.
There was a novel that needed reading and a movie that needed watching and a few quilt pieces that needed sewing. And there was a long and luxurious afternoon nap. Can't forget the nap.
My phone rang several times during the day. Various and assorted kids and grands called to wish me a happy birthday. I don't do birthday celebrations any more, but leave that for the kiddos. And I don't need gifts - I have all I need. It is enough that they remember and call.
I talked to my youngest grandson, Jacob, who is 9 (I think. I can never remember for sure.). He wanted to know about the important stuff like did I have cake and ice cream. He thought it was just wrong that I didn't. I had to promise I would have cake later this week. And I might just do that. I have been hungry for an apple spice cake with caramel frosting.
I got to thinking about how much things have changed in my 71 years on this earth. Change can be good or sometimes, not so much. I have many more conveniences than my parents had - microwave, air conditioning, telephone that isn't on a 9 family party line. If I want to look up some information on any subject I don't need to go to the library because there is Google. If I want to watch a movie I can find one on my computer or just insert a DVD. I can communicate with people all around the world with just a keystroke or two. I know what is going on around me almost as soon as it happens.
But I think there is a trade-off. We don't sit on the front porch of an evening and just talk any more. Unless Dad has a really good job, Mom can't be home raising the kids because it takes both paychecks to afford all those conveniences. We live in a high stress, fast paced world rather than the slower one of years gone by. Lately, common sense and common decency seem to have vanished, at least in some circles. Vulgarity has become commonplace. We are expected to accept as normal behavior things that were once considered shameful and wrong.
I hope the trend toward rude and crude and violent behavior is just a passing thing. I know there are still good people out there. I know many of them. I just have to wonder what kind of a world my grands will find when they, like me, have lived 71 years.
I pray that by that time good manners and common sense will have made a comeback.
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