Modern Life or More Hard Work?
I had a conversation the other day with my two children that I thought I would never have. It was about what my childhood was like. It was nothing ghoulish or outstanding, though from their reactions I could have been explaining I was a secret axe murderer. I never occurred to me I would have this conversation as I don’t consider myself that old despite racing towards 40 with my handbrake apparently not working any more. When I was a child I thought they surely must have invented everything possible and nothing could be improved as I thought life was pretty modern compared to my mother’s childhood. How wrong I am.
My children listened open mouthed as I explained about the different sweets and cartoon characters I had grown up with, not to mention vinyl instead of CD’s etc. But it totally knocked them when I explained there were no mobile phones and even some people didn’t have normal house hold phones.
“How did you arrange to meet up in the holidays?” my daughter asked who is of the age she is permanently texting to arrange this and that. Imagine her shock when I explained it was either pre-arranged or you called by their house. The news that I would write to my friends was just completely jaw dropping. Their reactions intrigued me so I pursued the conversation telling them how modern life actually is now. The invention of dishwashers and tumble dryers all being in my living memory. How their Nan brought me up with no washing machine or microwave and the days when we had no TV.
Now I know life progresses and things improve but have we actually improved our lives? My mother at my age was twice as fit as I am with all the annual housework. I, in comparison, use all the costly labour saving devices then pay to go to the gym. Or how I buy all the conveyance foods and supermarket junk complete with the over the top packaging etc only to try afterwards to coax some good food like fruit into them. Wouldn’t it make more sense to go back to basics and cook it all myself knowing that it has all the good things in it and cutting out the weekly fruit and supermarket battle?
Are we really moving forward or just making more work for ourselves.