A good friend of mine sent me a great e-mail the other day. You know, one of those canned ones. This one gave facts about what life was like one hundred years ago. If the e-mail facts were true, there were things like doctors didn’t have college educations, and that only 14 percent of homes had bathtubs. The bathtub one I have trouble with… what the heck did they do without bathtubs? Use the local pond? The point to all of this is that we have come a long way. Those so called facts reminded me about a paper that I wrote in college about the home-front in America during World War II. My point was basically the same. I marveled about how far we have come, at the time when I wrote the paper it was about 40 years. Back then, they didn’t have oscillators in washing machines, they had dangerous wringers. Something that I don’t even think about when I do my laundry.
Heck, we have changed in the last 25 years, which thinking about it makes me feel really old. I love challenging children these days by holding up a vinyl record and asking them what they think it is. I remember when my family felt like an up and coming family when we bought our VIC 20 personal computer. I have no idea how we even survived on a cassette drive. Also, I felt so cool when I bought, with my babysitting money, a Sony Walkman… a cassette player and a radio. It was a new concept to be able to walk around freely and listen to music with earphones on. I wouldn’t have even dreamed that 25 years later my Sony (Ericsson)Walkman would be small enough to fit in my palm and not only include a radio, but it could fit a ton of cassette-less songs (MP3s), a camera, a phone, a pedometer, connect to the Internet… and so on.
Did we even think that 25, 40 or even 100 years ago that we would ever have a black president? WOW. We have come a long way. We think that is wonderful now, can you imagine how life will be like 25, 40 or even 100 years from now?