The older I get, the more nostalgic I become about things of the past. I find myself, now that I have a son, thinking about my grandparents – especially when I watch him interact with his. My how times have changed! He has terrific grandparents, and they are teaching him about working and enjoying simple things but still there’s the whole technology thing that we didn’t have at age 5 that often interferes.
My dad’s parents were farmers, and my sister and I would on occasion go stay with them for a few days. Compared to most homes in the late 70’s and early 80’s, their farm house was quite primitive. They did have a television but no air-conditioning and really no modern appliances. I still remember being fascinated with one particular item – the wringer washer.
My grandparents kept it in the cellar (in that type of environment a basement was a cellar), and when my sister and I were there, and if it were laundry day, we’d help. Given that was 30 years ago, I have trouble recalling many of the details but here’s what I recall – it was hard work!
So while I miss some of the simpler times, I am really thankful for the advances made in the appliance department. My husband has said this to me many times and it’s completely true – “You’d make a terrible pioneer.”