Ever second guess yourself, or wonder where you would be today, if? If you had gone in a different direction so far as employment is concerned, opportunities you pursued but rejected, for whatever the reason? Bet many of us do! And, following that line of thinking, remember the old country song, “Thank God for Unanswered Prayers.”
The Class of ’56 has seen so many changes, one example, the mode of transportation. Mule and wagon when we were youngsters, how about an A-model or T-model where you turned the motor by hand with a steel rod (for lack of a better term) ’til it fired up, to automatic transmissions and today a driverless vehicle. A little to much for me to comprehend, traveling in a big city or down the interstate, alone, reading a book or doing any number of things in a vehicle with no one behind the wheel. Now if I were 20 years old with a beautiful female companion by my side, I may be able to adjust.
And how about restaurants? In mid 50s, many were drive-ins with a curb hop. Hot dogs, hamburgers and BBQ sandwich were the preferred choices, along with a cold Pepsi, Coke or RC Cola. Today, Amazon, Blue Apron and many more are advertising ‘hassle-free’ meals delivered to your door from $8.99 per meal. Guess it is delivered in more populated areas by drone.
No convenience stores or super markets in the earlier years, take your grocery list to store, read off the items you wanted, clerk would place it on the counter until completed. Same place where you purchased sewing supplies, fertilizer, maybe a mule or horse, real one stop shopping….no computers, sometimes a cash register, many times the clerk would add it all up on a brown paper bag.
No air conditioning, funeral homes and some furniture stores, provided churches with paper fans, only relief during a 90 degree Sunday sermon in rural USA, NC and Bladen County.
I have been blessed, still blessed to see it happen in my life-time.
Yesteryear in the rear view mirror was a different world, but fun….regrets? Sure, a few! Telephones that go where I go? Never heard of such a thing.
I attempted to go the extra mile at work, but my boss always found me and brought me back.
I am the world’s greatest authority on my own opinion.
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