Happy Monday and welcome to the Open Book Blog Hop. This week my fellow authors and I share our lists of some of the things that we've seen change or develop in our lifetimes'. My list is very short although I could ramble on and on about the incredible list of lifestyle and technical changes over the last fifty PLUS years--yes, I'm an oldie but goody as I tell myself--but rather than do that, I decided to focus on those areas of change that are most important to me in my private world.
So thanks for stopping by today. Feel free to comment on my revelations and I'd love to hear from you about the changes that you have seen in your life time.
When I think about my life growing up and how things have changed, I automatically think about family life and things that are just as important to me today as they were as I was growing up.
1. Home on the range: My grandmother lived near us or with us. She'd share her special recipes--homemade biscuits and donuts--even cream of wheat and broccoli when she lived in the apartment above us and then cooked for us daily when she lived with us.
Family 'sit down' meals were not only a tradition but were considered mandatory--no one even thought about missing dinner. Sundays and holidays were the absolute best. Grandma and later my sister and I took pride in our Sunday after church spreads. (Mama, could cook but did not have a problem if the three of us who enjoyed preparing our specialties took the helm).
Today, family is everywhere and Sunday dinner very well might be take out from a specialty restaurant or dinner with friends in a local restaurant. Christmas and Thanksgiving holiday meals continue to be family based but with a very eclectic menu to accommodate the range of favorites that now include 'chicken tenders'.
2. Religion--No church, no movie: I grew up in a small town in upstate New York where it seemed like everyone knew everyone--despite the city's diversity. Our town was greatly defined by the residents and since my parents--with their six children seemed to move every few years or so, we lived and made friends throughout the city. Based on the school structures at the time, I went to school and had friends in predominately Italian, Polish and Jewish communities. My family church, a traditional African American Baptist Church--where my mother went to church as a child--was based in a Polish/German community. Ironically, I also attended what was called 'Religious Instruction' every Wednesday that allowed for early release from school. There I faithfully repeated my 'Hail Mary's' only to sing 'Holy, Holy, Holy' along with the Baptist church choir on Sunday.
Religion is still very much a part of my life but I now live in metropolitan Atlanta and attended church yesterday with a congregation of at least
15, 000 worshipers.
3. Behavior: "Good manners reflect something from the inside-an innate sense of consideration for others and respect for self." - Emily Post
I see this one of the biggest changes over my life time. People seem to have a general lack of respect for each other. Entering a room without speaking to someone, saying excuse me when walking in front of another, disrespecting and/or disagreeing with an adult was unacceptable behavior when I was a child.
4. Communication: Technology has greatly modified how we communicate with each other many times eliminating direct communication. We 'text' our good mornings and I love yous--add a 'smiley' face and a hug and move on to our next 'automated' task. Enhanced technology has enhanced our lifestyles in so many ways but we suffer from the lack of face to face interaction with each other.
5. Music: I love music and have always enjoyed it...it greatly influences my spirit regardless of the genre. Interestingly, I think we have had less change in this area over the years primarily because music speaks to the heart, soul and mind of a listener. I am no longer surprised when I hear my daughter or granddaughter singing a song that the Beatles or Marvin Gaye sang. And more importantly, I find myself humming one of their favorites sung by Bruno Mars, Drake or Lady Gaga. I think this quote says it best. Music is a moral law. Where words fail, music speaks.
6. Fashion: I think fashion is like music. It changes but does it really? When I look at images from the 70's, 80's (Madonna) , 90's, I only have to look at my daughter and her current BoHo style (below and on the right at a recent fundraiser) to see how some things are not new but only a repeat of the best of the best.
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What has changed in your lifetime?
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