I received an email from my sister today and then Cindy wrote something similar in a comment that gave me inspiration for today’s blog post. It is more about simplicity than decluttering but there is a strong link between the two topics and I felt like having a little fun. I hope you enjoy this little diversion from the norm.
Remember the good old day when…
- Milk used to come in glass bottles with foil caps. The caps were decorated during the holiday season. And the milk was delivered right to your door step. I even remember my Grandmother leaving out enamelled cans and the milkman would fill them with milk.
- Nearly everyone’s mother was home when they got home from school. (Sorry to the feminists out there but I loved this about my childhood.)
- The green grocer had a truck and would do the rounds of your neighbourhood. The fish monger did the same. Oh! and don’t forget the ice-cream van.
- You got your windscreen cleaned, oil checked and petrol served, without asking, all for free, every time you put gas in your tank.
- Candy (lollies) were in open containers in a glass cabinet in the store and you would tell the salesperson how much you wanted of each one and they would put them in a little paper bag. I remember some lollies being 4 for 1c when I was young. Ahhh, those were the good old days.
- You could return glass soda (softdrink) bottles to the store and get a refund. Usually that money went to buy the candy mentioned above. I believe this does still happen in some places but certainly not where I live.
- Fish and chips came wrapped in newspaper with just one layer of butcher paper against the food. I don’t think that actually ever killed anyone. Meat at the butchers used to come the same way. Where I lived we could even sell our old newspapers to the fish shop and butchers for a little pocket money which we often used to buy that candy mentioned above.
- A family of seven had one small tin trash bin collected each week. Granted ours was usually full to overflowing but most of it was organic so no harm done.
- There was no such thing as hand sanitizer. I managed to survive that as well.
- Actually, remember when we weren’t constantly bombarded with commercial from chemical companies trying to sell us all sorts of products to kill germs. They aren’t trying to save our lives they are just trying to sell more product.
- Children used to ride their bikes to school and just about everywhere else as well. When I was in school there were about 500 kids at my school and about 400 of them rode bikes everyday. In places like Germany and the Netherlands I believe they still do this and adults too. The photo at the top of this post is of a bike shelter by a railway station in Dachau which had hundreds of bikes parked under it. It brought back fond memories.
- No one ever asked where the car keys were because they were always in the car, in the ignition and the doors were never locked. Back then having a car was a luxury now it is a necessity and most families have more than one.
- Children weren’t expected to go to school from the age of three to the age of 23 in order to be considered educated.
- Kids used to play together outside from the minute they got home form school until they had to come in for dinner.
- Bottles came form the corner shop without safety caps and hermetic seals because no one had yet tried to poison perfect strangers.
- You could take a picnic lunch to the ballpark including a knife to cut up food. Now we are limited to the size bag we can take and that has to be searched on the way in and we could be arrested for having that knife. Now once you get in there is costs $8 for a plastic cup of soda.
- We wore our clothes until they were shabby or we had grown out of them.
- Eating out was a luxury and frozen dinners didn’t exist.
- Christmas consisted of a decorated tree, a wreath on the door, a home cooked meal, a small stocking from Santa and a couple of gifts from parents and grandparents.
- Parents weren’t required to sign a contract at the start of their 10 year old’s little league season promising not to be abusive to the opposition (players, coaches and parents), umpires or their own children.
- Things we bought didn’t come in blister packs.
- The Joneses only owned a three bedroom house and one car. They were a lot easier to keep up with then.
- Recycling bins weren’t necessary.
- Children only received toys for birthdays, Christmas or other special celebrations.
- When even the stores weren’t air-conditioned. Do you remember that even being a problem, I don’t.
I remember those times with fondness not with horror. And yes I know there are a lot of not so good things we could remember from those days too but that isn’t the point here. The point is life was way simpler back then and there is no reason why we can’t have some of those good things back. A little less greed, a little less elitism, a little less competition, a little less pampering and a lot less supply and demand would make the world a better place in my opinion. What do you think?
What are some of the things you miss from the good old days? Please send me a comment so we can all have fun reminiscing.
Today’s Declutter Item
Today’s we have an item that could very easily have become sentimental clutter. My son Liam was carrying this bag over his shoulder the night he was involved in a very serious cycling accident last year. Luckily we still have our son so we don’t need this bag to remind us how lucky we are.
Things that made me happy, made me laugh, made me feel grateful, fascinated me or I thought were just plain awesome.
- Reminiscing while writing the list above.
- Going to the shopping centre with a friend and coming home with nothing.
- Creating an oil burner from a metal frame a tea light and an small saucer.
- Liam is back at work, he has gone to his first work shift at his new job today. One more milestone reached.
- Laughing with my husband when he wished me a happy false anniversary today. For some reason we both get confused as to whether our anniversary is on the 21st or the 23rd. We don’t know why we have just had this issue right from the start. So we forgot to wish each other a happy anniversary on Monday the 21st but today Steve remembered. He is too funny sometimes.
It matters not how fast I go, I hurry faster when I’m slow.