Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

September 7, 2013

RAY DAY: The past informs the present

Kokomo Tribune

---- — Going back in time is a hobby of mine, although this column would lead you to believe that I live in the past. That is not correct.

But the days of my youth are important to me, as they tell me who I am and why I am here.

I think about how things differ now from my young years, as there are a lot of differences in how we live today from yesterday.

Will I run out of memories? I don’t think so, as every day brings a new thought from the past that, in all reality, will not come this way again.

We think about the way our bathrooms differ from yesterday and today. And there are so many good things about them that I don’t think I would ever want to go back to that other way of sanitation.

Today we have gas and electric cooking ranges that do just about everything you need them to do. Think about trying to turn down the flame of the old cook stoves. It couldn’t be done.

Electricity is wired into the houses so that there is lighting in every room and heat to keep us warm. In my time, the electric cord came down from the ceiling, and if you wanted to use it for anything else but light, you had to screw in a control that had an end where you could plug in the iron or the washing machine.

The old wiring in houses back in my time was limited. Today, you just plug something in and it works.

The radio was the main thing for family entertainment or news. Today we flip on the television to get movies, news and other types of entertainment.

The one solid thing that we had in those days was the love of the family. And the ones who were our cousins would always come and see us or we would go to see them. In today’s world, families are not really that close, as parents are both working to pay for those big homes and cars and eating out as much as they can.

In my young years, we were taught by our mother to learn to do for ourselves so that when the time came to go out on our own, we were ready to set up house with that one we chose to spend the rest of our lives with.

As you will notice in our newspaper, we read of couples who are married for more 50 years. And they acknowledge there were good times and bad times, but the vows they took were important enough to them that they were able to move on with their married life with the blessing of God.

The vows I took with my wife are very important to me. Even though there have been some bad times, I remember when we had many good times. Lord willing, those vows will go on until that day when we are called Home.

So, as time seems to quickly pass, we sit back and think about the good times and the bad times. We hope that, with our Lord’s blessing, we will see many years left on our time here on earth. Then we pass on to better things in Heaven, where we join up with those who went before. I bide my time in wait, yet do what I can while waiting.

We have been truly blessed with that love from the day we are born to the day we leave. How great it is to be able to experience the happenings of life as it is dealt to us. God Bless.

Ray “Uncle Ray” Day is a weekly contributor to the Kokomo Tribune. Contact him at uncleray@earthlink.net.