September 3, 2012

Wandering Wonderings.


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 Sometimes I wonder what it's like. To be from a completely different era, an age so long ago and yet so recent. To be, for example, from the 40's and live in today's world. I wonder if it happens slowly and you adapt. You see women's skirts transitioning from calf-length to hip length, popular music changing from Sinatra to what you hear when you turn on the radio today, academic standards waver and fall, technology making possible the unimaginable....


  I wonder how that feels. I wonder if it's sad, exciting, thrilling, exasperating, despairing...


 I wonder if the new things simply ease into your life and you don't even notice the changes until one day you wake up and realize that "what's in" has gone from dapper suits and Bing Crosby to ... well whatever it is today. And suddenly there are these contraptions called computers and calculators, and Facebook has nothing to do with a book nor does cellphone mean a phone in a prison cell, man has stepped on the moon and pneumonia is no longer a deadly threat...

 Sometimes I wonder how much wisdom all these changes can bring. Wisdom, memories, sadness, happiness, awe... Which one of these the most?



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  1. I often wonder the same thing. I love the excitement when my Teen daughter (and even myself!) get to spend real time with my mom talking about "The Old Days".

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    1. That is a treasure. I love it when I can talk to my grandparents too, and hear my mother tell the stories of her childhood. Find it fascinating.

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  2. I think sadness, sad to say. At the sprite old age of 42 I feel the passing of time and the distance of my youth so much sometimes that I would trade every bit of technology to go back to the 70's when I was a little girl. I can't imagine it gets any easier as you get older, but I'm sure we all have different perspectives! I think the actual changes happen so slowly that you adapt, as you said. But the memories can really get you.

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    1. I suppose so ... memories can do that to a person.

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  3. This is so beautiful and an important collection of wonderings. I'm kind of with Tiffanie, it's all tinged with a little sadness, but there is such excitement, too, in realizing that we are living in the future I imagined as a kid. Check back with me when I am 80 and we'll see...

    Just gorgeous as always, Larissa!

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    1. (: Thanks TangledLou.

      And I'll definitely check back with you then ... maybe I'll have a couple of answers myself .. maybe.

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  4. Well, I wasn't born in the 40s, but do the 50s count?! In my experience, the kind of change that comes with time is easy to adapt to. It's kind of a natural thing, and can be full of excitement. I do look back with nostalgia, though, and think of the "good old days" when things seemed so easy and simple. But maybe my mom and dad didn't think of those days as the "good old days" - - they probably had to go back even farther in time to remember the "good old days" :)

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    1. Every decade counts I'd say, so much changes in just a decade itself. ... Ah .. I see what you did there ... (: Hadn't thought of it that way. Very thought provoking! Thank you.

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  5. My grandmother used to talk about her dad, who died from pneumonia two years before penicillin was discovered. It made her so sad because she was young when he died. I think she was a bit bitter that it happened so close to the time he could have been saved.
    I don't think that does any good, though. Change is constant and we have to embrace it in order to keep moving forward.

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    1. Oh how tragic! It must have been so hard for her. :(

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  6. I think about it too : ) You know I remember when there were no computers and cell phones and am amazed so amazed with new technology. Although, of course, it doesn't make life better in everyday. I am just really hoping for a ride in a flying car before it's my time ; )

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    1. Ann, I was just going to reply to TangledLou with "where's my flying car!?". Hahahaha, great minds....

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  7. Great wonderings! I wonder what life will be like in another 50 years. I hope I'll be around to be one of those people from another era. Like many of your other commenters, I'd agree that the changes are gradual enough that you simply adapt. It's the looking back that can get to you. I'd like to say it's more with awe than sadness that I look back. I'm not old, really, but I do remember the days before cell phones and when personal computers were quite rare. I think back to those days with awe at how we survived but mostly with how far we've come - especially concerning technology.

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    1. Me too ... I often wonder while doing my schoolwork how it was done before internet research, before word processing software .. well I guess there were typewriters for that...?

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  8. Some things will happen slowly and others will fly by. I am old enough to remember a life without cell phones and laptops. I've typed school papers on typewriters while wearing high waisted jeans sporting a spiral perm and big shoulder pads in my Janet Jackson What Have You Done for me Lately inspired blazer.

    I often wonder the reverse...what would life be like if I was young now? Would I choose a different profession because the internet showed me all the possibilities I couldn't see as a young girl on a small island in the middle of the Pacific in the 80s? Would my life take a different course, one that included more creativity and motherhood or would I make worst choices.

    Great post Larissa....

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    1. I'm still trying to figure out what I'm going to do being young now ... (: And I suppose the different environment would affect you, but in the end you'd still be you, right? With your dreams, preferences, thoughts? That really does give much to think about! ... thanks Tania!

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  9. I had two grandparents, who died within the last few years at 103 and 101, on opposite sides of my family. Both of them approached the world with fascination and involvement. They kept up with the news, were engaged with people and young family members. My grandfather even tried to master new technology. I hope someday to be old like they were–not sad for a time already gone, but hopeful and optimistic for a world growing up. I am constantly amazed by the changes they saw in their lives.

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    1. That is amazing! I'd love to sit down with them and ask them all about what life was like ... I'd love to do that with my grandparents too.
      Tara, you know what, I hope I age gracefully like that too. (:

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  10. I wonder this sometimes too, but then I realise when I was young things like iPads were the things of science fiction!

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    1. I'm curious to see what happens in a couple of years...

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    2. How strange that you replied to this comment today, we have been having the same discussion at work just this afternoon. One of my collegues found a book that said 'in the future cars may be have small computers to give us directions'

      Very serendipitous!

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