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The Good Old Days?

I love old people. They are dripping with experience, and stories. There is nothing like a story that begins with the phrase, “When I was your age…”

Their hills were steeper. Their miles were longer, and fast food for them was a chicken running around the back yard that had to be caught, killed, and plucked of feathers. You know, the good old days.

Things were simpler then. I know this to be true because every time I make a trip down south I feel like I traveled there in a Delorean.

And I love the good old days, which, for me, are the 80’s—hair band awesomeness. The music was amazing. Michael J. Fox was a teenage werewolf.

But when we talk about the past, generational differences always come up. There are variations, but it usually involves the way people were “back then,” and the way they are now. Take this quote for instance:

The world is passing through troublous times. The young people of today think of nothing but themselves. They have no reverence for parents or old age. They are impatient of all restraint. They talk as if they knew everything, and what passes for wisdom with us is foolishness with them. As for the girls, they are forward, immodest and unladylike in speech, behavior and dress.

These are heavy words regarding society’s youth. I’m sure you have heard something similar before.

What I find interesting, what prompted me to write this, is when these particular words were spoken.

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