I’ve been going over a lot of old memories lately; not sure why.
So, while we fondly recall the times of long ago more of the time, others are not. The memory of the smell of Grandma’s kitchen is preferable to the inability of women to have a bank account in their own name because by law they couldn’t. Sexism was alive and well through even most of the 70s. In the late 70s, the wife could finally claim her husband’s credit report as hers. Joint property did not extend to finances, even if she contributed a paycheck like the husband did. Equality is still lopsided, depending on some factors. We’re getting there.
While thinking of inequality, it makes me angry when I think back to how women were fragile. Fainting couches, famous in Victorian times, were in every parlor, and used frequently from what I’ve read. The women, corseted so tightly into their gowns, perhaps they fainted from lack of breath? Women have given birth and done farmwork in the same day, so don’t tell me they’re fragile!
The other area where I prefer present day is in medical advances. Vaccinations, ridding the world of deadly diseases is a good thing. If you’ve ever read about plagues, diseases, infestations, you know it was rough in the days of yore. I love we have antibiotics, medications for HIV and AIDS, immunizations for MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella – which as kids most Boomers experienced), and a host of other terrible things.
For the advances in heart attack treatment, children don’t lose their grandpas to widowmaker heart attacks anymore. Women’s lives are safer during pregnancy and childbirth than they were 150 years ago. All patients are safer with a program of wellness keeping us healthy, not just seeing a doctor when you’re too sick to recover quickly. Progress, and I’m sure the next 50 years will see many great strides in our health and care.
Things that are ageless? Decency. Class. Honesty. Trust. Integrity. Class has nothing to do with money, but everything to do with who you are and how you treat people. Treating the janitor or a server with respect and kindness is all about Class. People all deserve respect, especially those in service jobs. Theirs is often a thankless job with abuse thrown in. Be a better person. Do unto others as you would have done unto you. Words to live by.
Today, World Book Day, celebrated worldwide. I read more about “Broken Angels,” about Polish Jews at Auschwitz. It is a very sad story, but tells of a group of children who fought back against the Germans. A little girl who shredded pages of “Mein Kampf,” Hitler’s manifesto. It is fascinating and frightening on every page. I’m invested in it now.
Have a good day this Friday. How is it already Friday? Read a good book, get some fresh air. One day, sooner than later, you’ll be able to read one of my books. Looking forward to that! Thank you for reading.