Sometimes I long for the good old days, the days of simplicity. The days when life seemed slower, choices seemed easier, we had three to five television channels, letter writing was how we communicated with far away friends, note writing was how we communicated in class (and hoped we didn’t get caught), we passed those notes in the hallways of school, cards were fun to get in the mail and children playing outside was something you saw all the time.
What got me into this nostalgic mood you wonder? Well, I am sitting here watching a television station called MeTv. It shows all those old television shows that were on when I was growing up. Okay there could be some debate on whether I have grown up or not but that’s a topic for another blog. The shows that we watched way back then had a message, good clean comedy, little violence, and little, if any, profanity. I am talking about shows like Leave it to Beaver, Family Affair, Mash, Rifleman, Gilligan’s Island, Perry Mason, Ironside, Mary Tyler Moore, Dick Van Dyke, The Carol Burnett Show, Emergency, Adam 12 and remember Sunday nights Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom? What about The Wonderful World of Disney? And those old westerns my dad loved, Gunsmoke and Bonanza.
Television shows your parents had no problem watching with you, and depending on when you had children, you had no problem allowing them to view these shows. The shows taught good values and respect for others. The shows that left you feeling good once they ended for the night.
I admit there are some good shows on television today, and I have been caught up in them. I mean who doesn’t love Downton Abbey or Doctor Who or Bones and NCIS. But they are so different from the shows of yesteryear. And there are so many channels to choose from now. When I was a kid we had three channels, 3, 5, and 8. Maybe, if lucky, we got 23, 45 and 61. And imagine the excitement when channel 55 showed up years later. We also had one television for many years, it’s home was in the living room and there was no remote control. Dad ruled the choices and we changed the channels, and when needed adjusted those rabbit ears to get a better picture.
I love technology, I love having choices when I turn on my television, but sometimes I think that the world would be a better place if there were less television choices and people got out more, visited, hung out and actually talked about life instead about the latest happening on the most popular television episode they watched or the current level they are at on that game. Don’t get me started on kids and being glued to their televisions and gaming consoles instead of getting outside and actually playing. I don’t know about you but sitting down with a remote at a gameing console is not playing to me. It’s getting outside, running, laughing, getting dirty, riding your bike, hiking, walking, etc.
So maybe I am getting older and in getting older I reminisce about days gone by, and the simpler life we seemed to enjoy. And like I said, I love technology, and don’t want to give it up, I just don’t’ want to be so glued to it that I forget to see what’s really important in life.
So turn off that television, gaming console and mute that smart phone, get out and take a walk, write a real letter, send a card for no reason and find a way to embrace the simple things from your youth.
Have a simply wonderful day.