Jan. 20, 2019

Beautiful Silver, Beautiful Manners, and Classic Charm--are worthless these days.

 

PRAISE TODAY'S HIGH-TECH wonders if you wish; Rave about the Robots, self-driving cars and gush about all the cosmetic surgeries, bi-sexual/homosexual life styles, transgender magic acts.....but...rather than enhance yesterday's charm and elegance....today's shocking innovations simply killed--destroyed--buried---the most classic way-of-living.

Unlike today, there was a time when Life had a simple elegance. When going out in public meant people wore their nicest outfits, men wore jackets, and women wore hats and gloves. People demonstrated respect for themselves---and others--- by having a nice appearance and a kind word; in return, others extended the same courtesy.

Homes, regardless of how poor or plain, were neat and when someone visited, they were served a glass of sweet tea,  a cup of coffee, or a "coke." Most everyone used silverware,nice china, and linens----not disposable plastic or paper towels or paper plates. No one drank from an aluminum can or a plastic bottle and everyone was always on their "best behavior." Manners were important, conversations were pleasant, and people valued their reputations. Words like "thank you," " please," " yes ma'am," or "no sir" were everyday niceties. There were no canned, impersonal greetings like "Have a nice day" or "Make it a good one."

All the above sounds old-fashioned and TV shows like Andy of Mayberry,The Nelsons, Father knows Best, even The Partridge Family.....are nothing more than long-ago memories. Reality Shows dominate the airways now.... with such meaningless viewings as .... the Housewives of L.A., Living with the Kardashians, my 600 Lb. Life, or Real Barbie's 83 extreme plastic surgeries.Today's generation isn't interested in shining silver, having spotless glasses, ironing linens, or promoting good manners--- it takes too much time.

I remember when life was once as programmed as television. Before supper, we watched the national news, local news, followed by the weather forecast and later, after the dishes were done and the kitchen cleaned, the family sat down to watch a good movie---like Breakfast at Tiffany's or The Sound of Music. We all looked forward to Sunday nights and watching The Ed Sullivan Show.

These days, I'm considered just another "old person" who is "over the hill" and collecting Social Security. Looking back...... there's something to be said for remembering a better time....a time when life was sweet and simple----when life and traditions were respected; when older items and older people had value.

How sad to realize that---like the silver, the ironed linens, and proper manners---- this generation has no time or appreciation for anything classic or vintage, or older.....like me.

Sally Miller