Changes

By Betty

Changes are coming so be prepared. Some changes will be good and looked forward to. Some changes will come unwanted and unwelcomed. But changes will come.

Once upon a time people rode in a hay wagon pulled by horses. Then came a Model T – everyone proud to have a Model T in the neighborhood. Then came the colorful array of slick autos – big and small, new and used. Next will be the driverless electric (neutronic?) vehicle. No driver, how’s that?

Once upon the time there were no refrigerators. The ice man carried ice down the basement steps to the ice box there. Two or three times a week, the ice man came. Gave the chipped ice to whoever was present.

Once upon a time fresh milk was delivered to the front door. In the cold of winter the milk froze, the cream expanding out the top. In the hot of summer, someone got up at 4:30 or 5:00 to bring the milk in and down the basement stairs to the ice box.

Once upon a time there were candles for light, then kerosene lamps, and then electricity.

Oh, once upon a time – those were the good old days.

Once upon a time long, long ago, I climbed the Rocky Mountains in Colorado with ropes and cleats on my boots. Once upon a time long, long ago, I skied down the snowy hills of Alaska and landed on the skies and on my feet. Once long, long ago, I square danced with energy. Once long, long ago, I walked our dogs twice a day, every day. Once long, long ago, I cooked! Once long, long ago, I kept up with 30 (sometimes more, sometimes less) boys and girls 5 and 6 years old. Once long, long ago, I pulled weeds in the yard.

Whatever happened? Now I sit in a chair looking out the window watching birds fly by, watching clouds drift by.

Change is what happened. Good or bad, it comes, so be prepared – as if you could.

June 2014

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