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lettedrs to the editor - F5 - 4/15/01

April 13, 2001

Letters to the Editor 4/15



The good old days, when less seemed to be more



To the editor:

It was the mid-1930s. The Depression was lingering and money was dismissed as an unnecessary goodie. But we got by, because we had something more important than money.

We had peace of mind. Trials and tribulations were dealt with on a basis of concern. Nothing more. Worry and stress were words outside our vocabulary. Out problems were solved through compassion and neighborliness. We looked out for each other.

We had good schools. We said yes ma'am and yes sir in respect to our teachers and elders. Our schools showcased the fundamentals....reading, writing, arithmetic and spelling....and a good teacher-pupil relationship. No helpmates, like calculators, computers or reved-up electronic answering machines. We used out little old heads to figure out and we did a good job.

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We didn't have a whole lot of dollars and cents, but we had a whole lot of common sense. We went to church and Sunday school on Sunday morning; had a family get together in the afternoon and some of us attended church again on Sunday night. Our parents relaxed in the evening...from the daily grind to earn a buck or two...by sitting quietly on the front porch swing talking to neighbors or engaging in small talk in front of the fireplace.

If we were fortunate enough to have a radio, we gathered in the living room and listened to the mellow sounds of Paul Whiteman's orchestra or enjoyed the crooning of Bing Crosby. The complexities of the modern electronic world didn't belong in the lifestyle of the kids, parents and grandparents of the 1930s.

No, we didn't have much money, but we had a wonderful sense of life's real values. A calm thought enabled us to welcome the opportunity to be compassionate and helpful to our family, friends and neighbors.

It was our good old days and the lack of money was somewhat a blessing. It helped us to take the time to live and sincerely enjoy the simple life.

Bill Kearns

Towson, Md.

(Editor's note: The author is a former resident of Washington County.)

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