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March 22, 2014

DAY: What has changed?

Many years ago, people did not worry about being diabetic. We had sweets all the time like lots of Mom’s own syrup and her jelly made with her own recipes. And her cakes just melted in your mouth.

As far as having a headache or pain in our bodies, we used aspirin or Anacin and Mom’s great love to take care of it.

And for years, babies, when they were put to bed, were laid on their bellies. Now they say that is wrong, so I guess someone who never had a child or even took care of one changed the rules.

We never had problems taking lids off medicine bottles and we did not wear helmets when we rode our bikes.

Nor were there seatbelts required for all in a car. How many times did you see someone riding in the back of a truck? You can’t do that anymore either.

On a hot day, we drank from the garden hose, but today if you did that with the water, you would spit it out.

Remember when you and your date would drink out of the same drink? Not anymore, as they say is it wrong.

Remember doctors who made house calls? Remember party lines? While you were talking, you could hear someone picking up their phone and listening.

Did your dad make a scooter for you out of a pair of roller skates and two pieces of wood? Our dad did and they were fun to use. Today you buy one from the store and pay good money for it.

We could fix things with with a hammer, screwdriver and wrench. Today you go to a shop to have someone else fix it for a price.

When we fell and hurt ourselves, we did not go and file a lawsuit against someone just because we could. And today, don’t say something bad about someone else because you might get sued.

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