Well, it has been a while since I did much writing. After the passing of my friend Bubba, (Dr. BJ) things just weren’t quite the same anymore. Sometimes these days, I find myself wandering around as though I am living in history….I told Donna Ruth this morning. She wasn’t sure what that meant and I wasn’t so sure myself. But sometimes it does feel that way….disconneted, might be a word to use. But writing is back on my ‘bucket list’ for this year and I thought I might as well get on with it. Being a card-carrying social security recipient along with my Medicaid, has made me think more of that ‘bucket list’ we all joke about at times.
I still have my old cell phone and some of my family make fun of it…. a ‘flip phone’ they call it. Sometimes it gets more attention than I would like and my better days are ones when I ‘forget’ it at home and no one can reach me by calling. Goes to ‘voice mail’ or a text message. By the way, I really don’t like text messaging much. It’s ok for a one time note to someone but some people try to get me to go back and forth for 15-20 minutes or more. Might as well dial my number and say what they want to say or ask and get ‘er done! My phone doesn’t have a keyboard and I have to type using the numbers. Of course, that beeping noise begins to get on people’s nerves after a while or they say, “Dad, why don’t you get you a new phone?” They think I could type it quicker and it would be better or the beeping would stop so I just turn off the volume and mind my own business. It works fine for me – actually more than I really want. So that is low on the list.
I plan to keep this phone until it fails to light up one morning. I remember days we didn’t have anything close to this kind of technology. I would head out in the morning on my bike and tell my Mom I was going to some place or ‘just riding around’ and she would say, “Well get home for supper” and I would. She knew I wouldn’t miss supper or dinner as some people call it. And all the time I was gone, she couldn’t call me, didn’t know exactly where I was, and trusted I would be OK and make it back for supper. I always did.
We didn’t have a lot of the ‘convenient’ things of today: computers, internet, iPads, iPods, mp3 players, let alone cell phones. We didn’t have our own personal cameras (in our cell phone) either. We just had time and a bike or some friends to join up with and play ball or make up a game. It was a much simpler time and we all survived, for the most part, except for the war (Vietnam) but that is another story.
SEARS is closing in our little town and that will be odd. It has been around here since about the time I was born and I can’t imagine not having a Sears store in town. Blamed it on decreased store sales and increased “on-line purchasing”. That’s the way it works these days. A good many of the ‘Mom and Pop” stores have died quietly away. Antique shops, 5 & dime stores, drug stores with soda shops, bakeries, and my favorite, drive-in restaurants (not drive THROUGH) but ones where you parked and ordered you burger and a curb hop brought it out to your car and you could sit there and eat and enjoy the food and the experience – GONE. Too bad. I remember that was how DR and I spent many weekends and date nights – cruising the drive-ins, since back then there were several around. Of course, we had our favorites. “Chuck’s” was one of the favorites and they had the best cheeseburgers or at least we thought they were the best. And we loved to get to “Boscoe’s” and “Beaver’s” as well since they all had something special to go along with the ‘atmosphere’ of parking outside and enjoying the day or night. Lot’s of good memories with those thoughts.
Life is different now for sure. It really doesn’t seem like it could be so far removed but I guess it’s ‘history’. That’s kinda what I’ve been living, lately I guess, ‘history’. Trying to keep some of it around but most of it keeps slipping away. Young folks don’t have time or desire for much of that way of life. Too slow, I guess. But it was really a less stressful and more friendly time. I notice how many of the folks I knew back in those days during high school and just after, seem to still be in touch today. In talking with my sons, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Only a very few of them ever connect to talk or visit.
Well, it’s raining today. Has rained all day and may tomorrow too. That’s good for the earth and we need some rain. It did warm up some so it isn’t freezing like it could have last week when it was really cold! Guess I will go check my text messages and voice mail. Where did I leave that cell phone? Don’t know what I would do without it! It’s here somewhere. Think I may have turned it off.
Happy New Year to all. Get your ‘bucket list’ out and add a few things for the year. Then get started. They tell me it’s no good to just have a list…you have to ‘work it’.
Elwood “Doc” Jackson