Am missing old times

@allknowing (63074)
India
March 14, 2013 12:12am CST
We are no doubt in a jet age. Everything is super fast. But I am really missing old times. When I grew up we studied under a chimney, there were no mixers - mother used the grinding stone, the radio was the only source of music and ofcourse the gramophone that needed hand winding, the hand written letters, anxious wait for the postman,visits to friends and family.............. Slowly there was progress and all that was, is now history. The sound that I most miss is the old fashioned phone ring. Here it is: http://main.makeuseoflimited.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/black_rotary.mp3 What were your old times like. Do share it with us.
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@kalav56 (11503)
• India
14 Mar 13
My childhood also had chutney ground on a grinding stone,and even after getting the mixer my mother would say that grinding it on a grinding stone was simpler for her because she was spared the hassle of washing and wiping the mixie clean. I had a lovely transistor that I carried even to the bathroom and heard Vivid Bharti all my spare time. I miss my old house,the chill water in the well when in summer we splashed ourselves with well water in spite of having taps all around,the trees and plants,the golden guavas shining in daylight; the thought of my parents still brings a squeeze to my heart and the thought of my mother brings tears to my eyes.
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@kalav56 (11503)
• India
14 Mar 13
True.Come summer holidays there would be so much of planning and anticipation about spending time with cousins. There were no hangups among friends too and except for playing all sorts of fun games there were no expectations from any quarter. THe involvement of people is something we just cannot get today. Why is it so? Sometimes I tend to feel that we ourselves are the cause for this.[mothers of my age I mean]
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• Canada
14 Mar 13
Ha..ha, speaking of grinding stone...I just resurrected, and found parts for my 75+ year old HAND meat grinder...so that I can grind my own meats! I now know the composition of what I am eating!
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@kalav56 (11503)
• India
14 Mar 13
You had wisely preserved it !
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@sissy15 (5392)
• United States
14 Mar 13
I was born in 1987. So my childhood wasn't quite as yours was, but we didn't have internet. Not until I was older. We played outside all day. I was hardly ever indoors as a kid. I would play outside until the street lights came on and then I would ride my bike home. It was simpler, and less dangerous. We didn't rely heavily on electronics. No one really had cell phones so when we went somewhere we had to rely on a pay phone and hope someone was home. We did play the original Nintendo, and super Nintendo. You weren't able to save it so when you had to go eat dinner you had to pause it and pray no one turned it off! I mean it's not quite as simple as it was in your time, but it is definitely simpler than it is today and I'm only 26 it's amazing how fast time moves, and how much changes. I love electronics, but sometimes I do miss the old days where you actually spent time with people instead of on some electronic device.
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@allknowing (63074)
• India
14 Mar 13
Having been born and brought up in a place where there was not much development we had to make do with whatever was available but believe you me, we were very happy. We too were always with kids who came over as ours was an open house. I have wonderful memories of those days. I am so to say in a different world today having gone through so many experiences, having travelled far and wide but yet nothing compared to those innocent days.
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@sissy15 (5392)
• United States
15 Mar 13
I don't think I've ever had as much fun as I did as a child. We always had our friends over at our house as well. There was always something to do, and we almost never said we were bored. I have yet to find anything that compares to how I grew up either.
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@allknowing (63074)
• India
15 Mar 13
Our ancestral home - This house is packed with memories till I left this place seeking greener pastures.
Our house had 4 strong pillars which supported our patio. We used to play a game called 4 pillars. In the image you can see those pillars painted blue.
@Angelpink (4023)
• Philippines
15 Mar 13
I was still a baby when life is bit crude. I remember our television is very big , having doors to be closed and opened but the picture is black and white. Neighbors will gather. So full of fun like we are bonding with neighbors. I remember also about letter. When you are going to send a letter abroad , it will reach the target for about a month then you will wait for another month for the response . Hahaha see how all are so slow yet people are happy and contented. Unlike at present where in life moves so fast , that just a wink of an eye , then another phase is we need to pass and seems people are never contented and fulfilled.
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@allknowing (63074)
• India
15 Mar 13
Slow but happy!Nicely put. And yet we are still trying to go faster and faster. What is it that we are searching for. You have proved that slower one is happier is the feeling. It is time we all realised this. But all must think together as if those who want to be in our life are fast and we are slow that will be a problem!
• Canada
15 Mar 13
Hi allknowing I know what you mean I find sometimes things are really moving fast and I miss hand written letters my Grandmother used to write to my mom all the time (I kept all my Grandmothers letters) and I look at them when I miss her. I too miss the old fashioned phone ring, I also miss the old typewriters I just loved the sound of an old typewriter. The milkman was before my time but I often think those were the good o'l days, maybe that is why I enjoy the old Black and White movies, what a great topic.
@allknowing (63074)
• India
15 Mar 13
Good you reminded me about the typewriters. I have a hermes which I do not use. I even had an electric one which I just gave away to a friend of mine. He is a homoeopath and he needs to put labels on bottles that he sells. Did you listen to the phone ring I posted in my topic? It is an old phone ring. When we bring back something old in our modern life it attains such significance and it brings us joy. I do that often but nothing like those good old days were people were the main ingredient. They were there in everything that we were involved in.
@zaugis (81)
• Lithuania
14 Mar 13
Playing fields, nature and the summer and winter - plenty of time. Strong and hardy children of nature, that's what we. Nature, camping, kayaking, bicycles... Enough time to listen to Pink Floyd and other groups Full Album. Time lagoon. it has been & Today, Time gone?.. How beautiful stories and legends, whose listening in the evening in the company of girls and boys from my beloved city block. Get to know your friends and take care of those around them were normal. Gone calm and waiting for the next day miracle. Today, so many things we have to keep up and still have to run and run, do not have time to stop and look around - as is beautiful. "Nothing Compared to Those innocent days"
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@allknowing (63074)
• India
15 Mar 13
You have so nicely put down thoughts that cover your entire childhood. So many things gone forever. Each of us have a story to tell so absorbing, so interesting. With a bit of patience our memories if put down in the form of a book they could be best sellers!
@natliegleb (5186)
• India
14 Mar 13
for sure and it makes you wonder badly about it and you can get back to the normal times soon
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@allknowing (63074)
• India
15 Mar 13
I try my best to relive old memories.
@jagjit273 (1740)
• India
14 Mar 13
Well your this discussion made me little emotional and brought up my childhood memories When l used to be at my maternal grand mother's place. My grandfather was Superintendent in telephone department at that time and there was phone in only our house.People use to come to listen to there phone call from distance places and mostly l used to pick up the phone and first one to talk.I never let unknown people touch our phone. Happy mylotting.
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@allknowing (63074)
• India
15 Mar 13
You must be truly missing those ring tones although some companies have re-introduced them now for cell phones. Did you open that link that I posted here? You might get nostalgic listening to it.
• Indonesia
14 Mar 13
Something that I miss from my old time is sitting in front of TV in the afternoon with hot fried banana or casavva and glass of tea and then rain comes and then my favorite TV series Full House play on TV. I miss that moment so much.
@allknowing (63074)
• India
14 Mar 13
Why is this not possible for you to have this even now?
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@Sreekala (22720)
• India
14 Mar 13
Life style changed so much from the past. I remember in my childhood we used to go to the temple, which is 20 mints walking distance, by walking. Now I can’t see anyone go to the temple by walking either they go by their own vehicle or hire an auto rickshaw. I think the facilities were less in that time but health was good with people. vesting the temple in morning is a routine of life and which offers the health benefits of walking. Now the generations think about ‘walk’ once they attacked with high BP or rising blood sugar. The ancestors wisely planned the day to day life to be healthy in the past. The grinding stone, the method of getting water from the well, the method of washing cloths all were providing exercise to the body. Now all works are doing machine, result… do I need to mention? Those days are missed and never will be back dear.
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• India
14 Mar 13
The only thing I miss from old time, is that people were more caring, Honest and they were more responsible in life and love. that is the only thing that I miss, but I am so happy with this technology and wish to have more of that, but if this super fast technology life will get mix with that love and honesty of old time, the world will become a heaven.
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@allknowing (63074)
• India
14 Mar 13
I miss it probably because that was associated with people who had honesty, love and responsibility. So we have the same equation?
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@jenny1015 (13390)
• Philippines
14 Mar 13
I grew up listening to music on cassette tapes and 45's! I remember my nanny and another house help who would be buying these and would be listening to them the whole day during their day off.
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@allknowing (63074)
• India
14 Mar 13
I was brought up in a semi rural town where progress was not as brisk as one would see in a Metro. Today it compares well with any city but those days it was different.
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@pergammano (7755)
• Canada
14 Mar 13
I first read this post over an hour ago..and since then have pontificated....a million, really memories rushing back...and it really ALL boiled down to what I miss most.... And that is SILENCE from man-made inventions! No noisy planes overhead..NO vehicles whizzing by..NO machinery engines rupturing the etherealness of the day! I could hear a calf bleating..a horse nickering..the drone of a dragonfly...the MeadowLarks singing...the Robins chattering..I COULD HEAR the ochestra of Mother Nature! I COULD SMELL...fresh, fresh water babbling over the mossy rocks in the brook where we drank fresh water from..the Wild Roses aroma wafting..the sweaty horses coming in from the field...Supper wafting in the air..Apple Pie..Home-made bread, and the wonderful smell of FRESH laundry from the line, that I dreamt in! Even the aroma of the kerosene lamps, telling us it was time to come in from play, for bed! I could fill pages...pages and pages..of Old times! Oops, forgot the social interaction, BY PERSON!
@allknowing (63074)
• India
14 Mar 13
Yes indeed pages and pages me too! The most important of all was the ever involving people in our life. Be they our own friends, or friends of our parents, our cousins and last but not the least siblings every single one of them knowing everything about everybody. If someone in the family had a hundred percent in maths for example the whole neighbourhood would talk about it. fresh water babbling over the mossy rocks in the brook topped your list according to me. Can anyone ever see it again? Never?
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• Canada
14 Mar 13
I could sit by that brook for hours, listening, watching the fish fry, darting and dashing...the dragon flys hovering..and the "hair snakes" in their never ending attemps to journey upstream! I remember building rock barriers to keep them confined! Tranquililty, I don't think I can find in this day..and age! Friends were family..and vice versa...everything was community ordained! No one was ever without a babysitter...NOR had to raise a barn/home by themselves! And, you are so right, if there were accolades deserved in the community..everyone handed them out. We did not have a telephone...but we knew everything like we did! LOL! YES...those by-gone days!
@allknowing (63074)
• India
14 Mar 13
We walked to school and on the way dropping in at my friend's - my best friend at that - who would then join me and we would walk together. Small little things gave us joy even as much as bragging about what mother cooked, et al. Just like you perga I could go on and on and yet I sometimes wondder why we struggled to be where we are today. We have everything - all the comforts and yet nothing compared to what was then which was devoid of luxury but over flowing with happiness.
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@redredrose (1107)
• United States
16 Mar 13
When i was growing up things were =much different as well because we had video games but no xbox game boy playstation. We had cable but no on demand or 100 channels. We played outside most of the day and didn't have bottled water but drank from the hose in the back yard. We had computers but no internet like today no emails no yahoo no face book no my lot no my space no twitter no yahoo just hand written letters where we waited days even sometimes a week for it to be delivered and was happy when we could run to the mailbox and get the letter. We had no e books no kindle we just opened the actual book and read it. I love the feel of the pages as i turn them and i loved the excitement of waiting for a letter from the mailman. We didn't have cds we just played records regular tapes and 8 track tapes and it was fun. We didn't have dvd or blue ray or satellite dishes we just had video tapes we watched and recorded on. Times were different then and we could play outside in our backyards at night without the fear of being abducted or killed. When the street lights came on or it it was too dark we'd turn on the porch light and keep playing. I remember running after the ice cream truck in my bare feet with friends to get ice cream now i hardly ever see the ice cream truck. Kids today don't know how good they have it with all the new technoligy. The internet dvds blue ray on demand on cable all the video game devices such as play station xbox email internet facebook all that to keep in touch where they don't have to write they barely need to know how to spell with all the short hand typing. Kids today have ti so much easier than we did but i loved my life back then. Also we did have cellphone but no internet on them no ring tones no texting.
@allknowing (63074)
• India
19 Mar 13
I belonged to an era when there was no electricity at the place where we lived. It came much later but not when I was in school. But what I miss of all is the real interaction with family and friends which we now do only at a virtual level. I have everything that you have outlined in your post but I miss my old times when we did not have any of these things and yet technology is making strides in every direction assuming that every one is happy about it but sadly it is not the truth.