Posted by: txaggiechick | July 7, 2008

60 Years … that’s a long time.

So this 4th of July, I was privileged to take part in a celebration. My grandparents have been married for 60 years. 60 years. That’s a long ass time. 60 years ago, Eisenhower was in the oval office, Arthur Miller completed Death of a Salesman, and Warner Brothers showed the first color newsreel of the Rose Bowl Parade. Truman got elected in November of that year. We hadn’t put a man on the moon yet. We had yet to create cell phones, two-way pagers, cds, walkmans, and the Beatles hadn’t hit the airwaves yet.

And yet today we call it progress? I wonder though if a life a little more simple could be as grand. From the recollections of my grandmother and her girlfriends, life was a lot different then. She told us a story about Leonard who used to tease her on her 2 block walk to school. he would play with her shoes as she was walking. One day when she’d had enough, she turned around and hit him with her book satchel. Seriously. In today’s world if a girl did that she would be labelled a bully and charged with assault for hitting some momma’s precious baby.  It’s amazing at age 82, she can still recall with clarity the feelings of watching her first television show and discusses how she would ride the train to san marcos for college. It just seems like to me that while life had fewer advances in technology, it almost seems idealicly simple. Of course… that is until I realize that there were few options for women outside the home… So I guess there are some advantages to living in today’s world.

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