When apples grew on trees and blackberries on bushes

@mivvvy (174)
Netherlands
October 14, 2011 12:13pm CST
Do you remember the days when apples still grew on trees and blackberries on bushes? 1. Would you like to go back to those days? why or why not? 2. How are you going to tell your (grand)children that they can actually eat apples and blackberries?
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@marguicha (92072)
• Chile
15 Oct 11
Blackberries bushes are hard to find. And now, in my country, there are lots of apple trees but they are not for the taking. They belong to big companies that export them. I wonder if children now know that chicken have feathers, heads and feet.
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• Philippines
15 Oct 11
Hehehehe...marguicha you can really be funny. It never crossed my mind at all. But you are right. Time might come when our children will never have a glimpse of a live chicken anymore unless they go to the farms. Just as, there are so many people now who do not know what a tomato plant looks like yet, we deal with tomatoes each day.
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@SHAMRACK (8384)
• India
14 Oct 11
Dear friend, I would like see that even now. But here the climate do not suit for these. Still if it happens here it would be a great wonder. Wished ripe mango be in bushes and coconut on trees...
@sid556 (31006)
• United States
15 Oct 11
Hi Mivvy, Am I missing something here? where do our apples and blackberries come from now? I ask because I recently picked apples. I used to pick blueberries and blackberries back in the 60's on a farm that cultivated them to sell. I also picked them wild which many people still do. I know that people prefer to buy them rather than to pick them themselves but it was like that even back then. I don't know, it's probably because I'm older and I just won't buy those things in the store. We still know spots to pick blue berries and blackberries for free so it's pretty cool. Apples on the other hand are quite expensive to pick but we do anyway. I'm guessing that you are talking about the wild berries?? Oh there is nothing like them!! My grandkids do know where to go to pick wild blueberries and blackberries and raspberries. It has been years since I've come across a patch of wild strawberries. And do you remember boison berries? They were my favorite next to the blueberries.
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@mivvvy (174)
• Netherlands
15 Oct 11
What I really meant by apple and blackberry was IPhones, IPads, computers etc
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@Bluedoll (17071)
• Canada
15 Oct 11
What is an IPhone? I wouldn't ask what an IPad is. Seriously, I can see how we can associate words. The first thing that pops into our mind when we say apple is.. a)the time we went with aunti Joan to go apple picking or b)the time at the mall and my friend Julie bought one.
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@sid556 (31006)
• United States
15 Oct 11
That's great! Don't I feel like a blonde little idiot!! I love it! I can see it now but honestly, my thinking wasn't even close to that when I read this discussion.....obviously. Well you gave me my smile quota for the day anyway!
@albto_568 (1268)
• Costa Rica
15 Oct 11
Interesting analogy you are doing here,:) it took me some time to realize the meaning of your post, really a good one. Maybe things were a lot more quiet and easier in times when appes grew on trees and blackberries in bushes, I would like to be there, in those days, myself, and, I beg, certain things do not change too much for the future generations, and kids still appreciate the beauty of life, without all those fancy gatgets.
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@mivvvy (174)
• Netherlands
15 Oct 11
Glad to see that you saw what I meant by apple and blackberry. When posting this, I knew this would be ambiguous, but hadn't expected it to be it so ambiguous. The same thing was asked 50 years ago: what was our life like before television.
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@Bluedoll (17071)
• Canada
15 Oct 11
My grandmother fought with my grandfather to get a telephone in the house. His reasoning was, "if people want to talk to me they can come and visit". She won and got the telephone. It hung on the wall by the door with a long cord. She did tell me though over tea once after my grandfather had passed away, how she did like it more when people actually did come over for whatever reason. But those were days gone by.
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@mivvvy (174)
• Netherlands
15 Oct 11
What a lovely story about your grandparents. The first telephone, electric light, aeroplanes must have been sea changes at the beginning of the 20th century. I think theu had more impact than the computer or cell phones.
@allknowing (63474)
• India
15 Oct 11
In a chat with her grandson this is what a grandmother had to say. This info is extracted from the Net: "[i]I was born before ยป Television,penicillin,polio shots,frozen foods,Xerox, contactlenses, Frisbees and the pill There were no credit cards,laser beams or ball-point pens Man had not invented: pantyhose air conditioners dishwashers, clothes dryers,and the clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air and man hadn't yet walked on the moon .Until I was 25, I called every man older than me, "Sir". And after I turned 25, I still called policemen and every man with a title, "Sir." We were before gay-rights, computer- dating, dual careers, daycare centers, and group therapy. Our lives were governed by the Ten Commandments, good judgment, and common sense. We were taught to know the difference between right and wrong and to stand up and take responsibility for our actions. Serving your country was a privilege; living in this country was a bigger privilege... We thought fast food was what people ate during Lent. Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with your cousins. Time-sharing meant time the family spent together in the evenings and weekends-not purchasing condominiums. We never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CD's, electric typewriters, yogurt, or guys wearing earrings. Pizza Hut, McDonald's, and instant coffee were unheard of. Ice-cream cones, phone calls, rides on a streetcar, and a Pepsi were all a nickel. And if you didn't want to splurge, you could spend your nickel on enough stamps to mail 1 letter and 2 postcards. You could buy a new Ford Coupe for $600, . .. . but who could afford one? Too bad, because gas was 11 cents a gallon. In my day: "grass" was mowed, "coke" was a cold drink,"pot" was something your mother cooked in and "rock music" was your grandmother's lullaby. "Aids" were helpers in the Principal's office, "chip" meant a piece of wood, "hardware" was found in a hardware store and "software" wasn't even a word. And we were the last generation to actually believe that a lady needed a husband to have a baby. No wonder people call us "old and confused" and say there is a generation gap AND THIS GRANDMOTHER IS ONLY 59 YEARS OLD. [/i]" And ofcourse apples grew on trees abd black berries on bushes
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@mivvvy (174)
• Netherlands
15 Oct 11
Grandmother sums it up all. Just proves how the world has changed.
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@allknowing (63474)
• India
15 Oct 11
So many changes within a span of 60 years. Is it not shocking mivvvy!?
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• India
14 Oct 11
dear mivvvy, those days are priceless; however we can still catch a glimpse of those good old day in some places. well i'm not yet married so having grandchildren is way off the charts for me. lets consider children - would just tell my kids that these are fruits and are found or trees and bushes; and let them find out the rest for themselves ;) P.S apple = music player/phone blackberry = phone/messenger/email
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@mivvvy (174)
• Netherlands
15 Oct 11
I hope you will have (grand)children and can show them both worlds in which apple and blackberry have a double meaning.
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• India
16 Oct 11
i hope and wish for the same as well ;) thank you
• Indonesia
15 Oct 11
Hello Mivvvy, nowadays people associated apples and blackberries as gadget or technology but lucky I live in a village where apples is still apple the fruit. the only one apple gadget I have is an Ipod and my sister owns a blackberry cellphone, but I was watching television where an actress was showing off that her 18 months baby can operate an Ipad 2, and when we go to big mall in the city we can see that 7 years old kid bring blackberry cellphone. When I get married later and have children I will educate my children about nature and I will not spoiled them with latest gadget, technology is great to support our live but only if we use it wisely. and by the way I never seen or ate blackberries, Im not sure if I ever seen blackberries bushes here.
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@mivvvy (174)
• Netherlands
17 Oct 11
Would you have been happier if the Apple Company hadn't named its products apple?
@Bluedoll (17071)
• Canada
14 Oct 11
There are a few places around me that have converted farms to pick your own events for children and adults alike. It enables people in the city to spend some time on the farm and get back to their roots. I know we can not go backwards but I like to support the people that want to keep hold of the older days just in different ways. I suspect if Newton had been hit by a coconut instead of an apple he would have changed technology with, bodies in motion tend to stay in coo coo coo coo.
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@mivvvy (174)
• Netherlands
15 Oct 11
Love your Newton theory!
@BarBaraPrz (19606)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
14 Oct 11
I have a blackberry patch in my back yard. And a raspberry patch. And a strawberry patch. No apple tree but I do have plum trees and had a nectarine tree until the carpenter ants felled it last year. Don't have any (grand)children, either.
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@BarBaraPrz (19606)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
14 Oct 11
Doh! Didn't realize you were talking technology...
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@stephcjh (32328)
• United States
14 Oct 11
I would love to go back to those days. That was when life was alot slower and enjoyable. I will definitely tell my grandchildren.
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@mivvvy (174)
• Netherlands
14 Oct 11
I can't make up my mind. I like new technology, but also the days when 'staying connected' was only a minor part of life.
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• Philippines
15 Oct 11
I am wondering now as to how are apples and blackberries being cultivated these days. We do not grow apples here in our country. They do not bear fruit and I wonder if they can even thrive in our hot climate. As for blackberries, we have a tree before in our backyard in the hometown. I don't know if it is still there till this day. I can still recall that I cannot climb that tree as it is full of big thorns form the very bottom of it to the very end of each branch. The old days, they are the good old days. I always tell my children as to how good life used to be compared to how it is nowadays. As for telling them that they can actually eat apples and blackberries...I will have to tell them that these are fruits and not techological gadgets like the apple computers and the cellphones...
@GardenGerty (98195)
• United States
14 Oct 11
I have an apple tree, and hopefully my new blackberry bushes I got this summer will produce next year. My grandchildren know that apples grow on trees, their other grandmother has huge apples. They know that tomatoes grow on plants as well. Our family still raises gardens. I know that there are some places in the world where people do not do this, but we still do.
@WakeUpKitty (8707)
• Netherlands
14 Oct 11
? My kids see still apple trees and berries on bushes and so will my grandchildren. So no need to go back to those days since we still live in that time the biggest time of the year.
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@pergammano (7755)
• Canada
15 Oct 11
Technology may take away many things if we allow it! I am NOT so sure the advances are good...or even great, as I do appreciate some of the "new" things...the things that I enjoy most, are the "old" things, and I think it is my god-given mission, to be part of a group in this world, that has a responsibility to lead this generation on a walk down Mother Nature's past...and the simple life without the invasion of modern technology as a constant!