There are some things "bothering" me lately. Maybe it's age. I'm sure when I tell you what they are some of you will shake your head and think I sound like your mother or grandmother. But, here goes...
Why don't families sit down together around a dinner table anymore? That is/was/should be where families share philosophy, dreams, plans, their day, their needs, find solace, comfort, argue and make up. What happened to family dinner tables? And with the loss of the family dinner table, goes communication within a family.
Why doesn't anyone cook? And why are young people seemingly proud of the fact that they don't? And older people (my age), too. I makes me sad as a former Home Ec teacher that this is a lost art. Homemade brownies are now from a box. Seriously? I can taste the preservatives with the first bite. At the risk of sounding overly dramatic, do we realize how many additives/preservatives prepared food contains? I find myself apologizing for cooking and liking it! Attitude adjustment time.
Why don't we have time for each other? Time to visit, time to just sit and talk, time to hear dreams, plans, what makes us laugh, what makes us sad, what scares us. Send an e-mail, share it on Facebook, text the person sitting beside you - Seriously? Are we losing the value of social contact? Friends and family. What else is important in life?
What happened to manners? Surely manners are not just an old fashion "Southern thing". I appreciate hearing 'yes ma'am', 'please and thank-you', having a door held open, having help carrying heavy things, being greeted at the door with a smile and a handshake or hug, getting a handwritten thank-you note. How sad that we are losing genteelness.
What happened to going to church on Sunday as a family? What happened to appreciating the ritual and traditions of the church? What happened to Sunday School for kids and adults, Vaction Bible School and church summer camp? Where are the young families? Where are the school age children?
If you have any words of wisdom (or reassurance) please send me a comment.