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Letter: Living in the past

To the Editor:

It’s normal for us elderly to live in the past for that is where the bulk of our lives exists - especially when the future looks so bleak now.   The isolation due to the virus sweeping the world makes us remember better times.
 
My sympathies are with the young. We older people had a good life with some having a better time growing up - especially if you were born and raised in a small town as was I. I’m talking about a time with no television and few of us had radios. 
 
My three older brothers hung out at a Texaco Filling Station. No self service and often run by the owner’s son. The teen age boys would hang out there and visit. We gals were not invited and knew nothing of their get togethers. 
 
For the most part, they were not mischievous in their plans and did not get into trouble. There were no crime stories to relate to that they saw nightly on television or movies. It was a very innocent time. The biggest trouble they got into was at Halloween when they’d go out and instead of Trick or Treats, they’d upset someone’s outhouse. 
 
It’s hard to imagine anyone doing such a mischievous thing today with all the technology available with which they might amuse themselves, and, of course, there are no more outhouses!
 
We young gals played hop scotch, tiddly winks, pushed our dolls around the block in miniature doll buggies and had tea parties. 
 
I don’t remember when it all changed but I suppose WWII intervened and we lost our serene lifestyles and were never the same as we saw our brothers and fathers get drafted and sent overseas to fight for our freedom on distant shores. 
 
Some of us were luckier than others and saw them return. They were amazed at the change in us while they were gone and our young brothers were gone too and returned as young men. 
 
Each succeeding war took more innocence and youth away never to return as so many young men who might have become president or fulfill their destiny and make the world a better place in which to marry and have children who would make a difference, did not return.
 
Their offspring might have been able to foresee the pandemic and avoid it. 
 
We’ll never know.                    

Mil Misic

DeKalb
 

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