Good Old Days?

Okay, folks, I just got another of those Good Old 1950s nostalgia lists:

  •  Gallon of gas: 18 cents
  •  New ’58 Chevrolet Corvette: $3631
  •  Men’s All Wool Suit: $28.90
  •  Cotton Dress: $3.29
  •  Rib Roast: 29 cents per pound
  •  1 carat Diamond ring: $399.00
  •  New house cost: $10,450.00 

Well, I remember the 50s.

  • We had air raid drills where we kids practiced hiding under our desks to protect us from an atomic bomb attack.
  • We wore dog tags to school so our dead bodies could be identified.
  • We couldn’t swim in public pools for fear of polio.
  • We were terrified of communists
  • Everyone smoked their lungs into charcoal
  • Sexual harassment in the workplace was the norm
  • Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to surrender her bus seat to a white man
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. led the civil rights movement, and he and his followers were persecuted mercilessly
  • Average income: $3,425

Good old days?  Hmmm…

The truth is, every era has its good and its bad, its triumphs and its frustrations.  Instead of succumbing to the myth of  “the good old days,” let’s make the here and now “the good these days.”

“Arrange whatever pieces come your way.”

Virginia Woolf

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