The Way it Was in the Old Days . . .

“And that was the way it was in the old days before the country grew up and men put their guns away. Someday, and I hope it never comes, there may be a time when the Western hills are empty again and the land will go back to wilderness and the old, hard ways. Enemies may come into our country and times will have changed, but then the boys will come down from the old high hills and belt on their guns again. They can do it if they have to. The guns are hung up, the cows roam fat and lazy, but the old spirit is still there, just as it was when the longhorns came up the trail from Texas, and the boys washed the creeks for gold.” Louis L'Mour . To Tame a Land

The 'old days.' I am old enough to remember them, after all my granddaughter reminded me in her wise then years here on earth, that I was born in the last century. I never felt old until she said that! The Spirit is still here with me... the beauty of those old days.

I remember getting up at seven in the summer and eating a quick breakfast so I could climb on my bicycle and head to the near by City Pool to meet my friends for FREE SWIM. This was actually about 1958 and up. 8 a.m. Free Swim. As we got older, we just saved up our 15 cents to go swimming and lived at the pool for hours. We were a new neighborhood on the shadow edge of the prairie it seemed. The pool was newly built and full of families, moms and kids. Today most people have their own pool in their backyard. So much for socialization skills.

A friend posted on Facebook a conversation about the words we hear or some of us may use in conversation that are really over the edge. You hear the GD words in tandem all the time, or just the J word by itself. You hear cuss words, or substitute words that are popular these days but everyone knows what they mean and it is not nice. Well, I want to go back in time... to a safer place, where manners were taught and observed. My parents and grandparents drilled into me "If you can't say something nice, do not say anything at all." Today the world revolves around people wanting their voice and opinion to be heard. Look at me... Notice me... Hear me. We need a 180 back to manners, kindness and a gentler world.

Isaiah 54:10 "Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you."