Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Good Old Days ?!?!

When I was a little kid I once asked my grandma if she missed the good old days. (As a kid I was under the impression that all old people preferred the “olden days” over modern times). My grandma leaned back and said, “Let me tell you about the good old days”.

“Back in ‘the good old days’ people died from illnesses that today can be cured with medicine from any drug store”. “Back in ‘the good old days’ all winter long the town was covered in coal dust because everyone heated with coal furnaces.” “Back in ‘the good old days’ you had to go outside to use the outhouse - night, cold, raining – it didn’t matter.”

I can’t remember if she gave me any more examples, but she concluded by telling me; “…you can keep ‘the good old days’”.

That was a real moment of discovery for a little kid! Realizing that there are “old people” who appreciate modern times! That shattered a major stereotype!

“When you sit with a nice girl for two hours, you think it's only a minute. But when you sit on a hot stove for a minute, you think it's two hours. That's relativity.” – Albert Einstein

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