Days Gone By

 

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She sits out in the weed-filled pasture, tucked up under some old cottonwoods. She’s old to today’s standards. Ancient.

Rusted, peeling paint.

Flattened tires and dented cab.

She’s seen better days, but ain’t she something?

It’s easy to look at that old truck a see a rusted hunk o’ junk, but back in her day, I’m sure she shined.

Fresh off the show room floor, all shined up, gleaming red paint, newly made leather seat – a bench of course. This old automobile was sure to have all the onlookers oohing and aahing…definitely something to be proud of.

How many of us look at someone old, someone that was alive during the Dirty 30’s (Depression Era & World War II) or the early 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s and wonder what life was like? How many look at their grandparents to wonder what kind of people they were as youngsters? How many of us have imagined a life during simpler times.

No house phones for many people, let alone cell phones.

No computers.

No media technology at all.

No modern amenities that we are so accustomed to in this era.

It’s hard to imagine not picking up the phone to call our friend to meet for coffee. It’s hard for some people to imagine life at all beyond our own tunnel vision of the universe we inhabit now.

Yes, people still ooh and aah over vehicles, but the days of the simple life are long gone. Today, it’s hurry, hurry, hurry to here and there and back again.

For what?

What are we in such a hurry for?

Shouldn’t we just slow down a bit and enjoy what’s in our life now rather than wait until it’s to late?

Shouldn’t we look at our loved ones with love in our souls, patience in our hearts, and smiles on our faces willing them to stay smaller just for one more day?

Shouldn’t we be teaching the next generation about the value of an honest’s days work rather than how to scam the next sucker out of their inheritance?

I ask from all of you now.

The next time you speak with your grandma/grandpa, listen to them reminisce of the ‘old days.’

Listen.

Be present.

Ask questions.

Encourage conversation for two reasons:

  • If you don’t, how do you keep the history alive?
  • One day it will be you telling your stories.

Enjoy the old along with the new because that is what makes life so interesting.

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. – Romans 15:4

 

 

 

 

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