I think we all know someone who is always talking about how much better things used to be.
How things are so much more expensive now, how young people don’t do this or that nowadays, or families don’t do this or that anymore.
I have found myself having conversations like this more often lately, but usually with people in my own age group.
When my granddaughter gets bored she phones someone, usually her parents or me. She phoned the other day and when I mentioned something about Easter her reaction stunned me.
She started with families losing family traditions, fewer and fewer families doing things like Easter egg hunts and decorating with homemade decorations.
They don’t make a special day of it with new outfits for Easter Sunday at church and big family suppers.
The Easter basket of chocolate goodies has to be bigger and fancier every year.
Colouring boiled eggs and a chocolate bunny is not good enough anymore.
I had to keep reminding myself that this was a 23-year-old talking. When she started talking about the reasons this is happening, I realized that this girl had been doing some heavy duty thinking about this.
She believes that families just don’t have the time or money to do a lot of these things.
She blames this on society.
Society has people believing that they need the biggest and best of everything.
You need the biggest TV, the newest cell phone, the brand name shoes and jeans.
All this costs money so you have to work more to get all these things, then you have neither the time nor the energy to do anything so you just go and grab whatever is the quickest.
Stores take advantage of this by putting up big fancy displays that make the kids want that so even if you have the time to make up a nice basket at home you don’t because you don’t want your child to be the only one without a big fancy store bought basket.
She wishes people would just stop and see that they really do not need all that stuff, society just makes you think you need it.
She thinks if people could just ‘see’ then maybe they would stop worrying about what others have and bring back some old family traditions or even make some nice new ones.
Does this mean that young people are starting to figure out what has real value and what does not?
That maybe, just maybe, some of the things their parents and even grandparents grew up with, might have value?
That conversation sure gave me hope for the future.
by Lois Perepelitz