My, How Times Have Changed

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Where I come from, there's breakfast, dinner and supper, not lunch and dinner.

The dinner meal is at noon and the supper meal is around 6 p.m. or it was until I quit cooking supper.

Now it's called eating out or junk food time..

Time brings many changes, not only in the way we label things.

There's been a change in what's on the table, too.

When I left home, I'd never eaten a pizza. People where I lived just didn't eat pizza. The first time I tasted it, I wasn't impressed. In fact, I didn't like it. What I didn't realize is that pizza comes in many varieties. not just one variety. Later I acquired a taste for it. No black olives, please.

Until I moved to Louisiana, I'd never eaten rice as a vegetable. Rice was eaten as a breakfast cereal, with sugar and milk. I still like it that way, but as a vegetable dish as well.

Remember when we hung our clothes on a clothesline in the backyard? We used wooden clothes pins that we sometimes loaned to a neighbor when she ran out of them.

Those wooden clothes pins were valuable, kept in a cloth clothes pin bag when they weren't in use. If a neighbor borrowed some pins we counted them out, maybe a dozen or two, and we expected that that was how many pins would be returned.

Remember, too, how we ironed almost everything, including pillow slips and sheets.

I remember a conversation my mother-in-law and I had years ago..

She pointed to a wash that was hanging on a clothes line in a neighbor's yard.

"Would you believe that she never irons anything. That's what she told me."

That was an unthinkable practice at the time.

Nowadays we buy wash and wear clothes, making sure we don't have to iron anything.

We might press some jeans now and then but for the most part we might as well sell the ironing board.

Remember when we were children and we had our school clothes and our play clothes?

When we came home from school, we had to change into our play clothes because we had to "save" our good clothes. We usually had a pair of Sunday shoes and one pair of school shoes, too.

Now we have closets lined with shoes in every color under the rainbow, including gold and silver.

Of course, cellular phones have transformed the world.

Even the poorest has a cell phone.

When I was growing up, we had one black telephone that sat on a small corner table in the living room. Everyone in our family used that phone which didn't ring too often.

I think my mother was afraid of it because she would always ask me to dial a number for her.

She didn't trust herself or the phone.

We got our first television set when I was a teenager.

I was intrigued by it but I was so busy running here and there that I wasn't hooked on it.

Besides it had a poor quality picture with a lot of snow and just a handful of channels.

But my mother and dad really enjoyed squinting at it anyway.

After I left home and got married, my husband and I couldn't afford a television set. We would go to a friend's house and watch a small table model set. I remember watching Dragnet, but the picture would fade in and out on a snowy screen. It was barely watchable.

Later we bought a Sears console television set and made monthly payments on it.

We were so proud and we never missed a payment.

Now people have two or three or more sets in one home and think nothing about it.

Also, families had only one automobile. They didn't have a van and a truck and maybe an extra car for the high school student. Everyone shared the same automobile. True, that wasn't always convenient.

Now a three-car family is perfectly normal.

Yes, times have changed.

Sometimes for the better.