So I found someone, actually quite a few someones who were willing and thrilled to talk about that time period. I enjoyed it. I had no idea that someone who was considered awesome was an "ace" or that the word "skinny" was popular then. I'd always heard both terms used when I was a kid so it didn't occur to me. I also hadn't realized some of the songs I love best, like "Bridge Over Troubled Waters" came out around then. Reading the details on the record wasn't my thing when I was six. Shrug.
But talking about that time period got me thinking. I have a small person in my household. There are lots of things my totlet doesn't realize are from way before his time. There are lots of things he'll never know about unless I tell him about them.
In his lifetime, we've just now entered a time period where the US isn't involved in a war/police action.
You can't go to the airport without having to be pawed by the TSA. At one time, space shuttles actually went into space, not sat on runways as leftover commodities from the 'space race'. I was asked if the space shuttle was a museum. Sigh.
Cars all come with CD players or outlets for mp3 players. Cassettes and gasp, 8-tracks aren't even on his radar. Records are those things that look like Frisbees.
The Clash, The Police, and Bruce Springsteen will always be "oldies".
If you want information you use your laptop or smart phone to connect to the internet. Corded phones are 'dinosaurs'. Libraries are those places to get movies you want to borrow.
As I read back through this, it makes me a little sad. He'll never have the thrill of going to the record store to get the latest Michael Jackson album. Music can be bought one track at a time on itunes. There was a time when we played outside. We didn't sit for hours in front of the PSP (do they make those anymore?). We knew our neighbors, had little gangs in the neighborhood and didn't have to worry about planes falling from the sky or our entire life poofing because our hard drive crashed.
I don't think the times before, like when I was a kid was any easier. The 80's were their own ball of crazy, but there were some little gems in there that I'm glad I got to witness. Oh well. Time marches on.
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I earned a BA in education and as well as a Masters in Education. I've tried my hand at teaching, waitressing, and retail sales, but writing holds my heart.
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