The Way We Were!

June 8, 2011

Back in 1973 Barbara Streisand stared in the hit movie The Way We Were. Even back in 1973, the song and the lyrics of the song had people looking back to times in their lives they remembered fondly.

In today’s age of the computer, internet and cell phones that will almost cook your dinner and do the laundry for you, we inevitably get inundated with cute and welcome emails extolling the values and life style of yesteryear. We love to look back at “The Way We Were”.

There are emails and websites that, with the click of a mouse, you can be watching Amos and Andy, Andy Griffith and William Bendix and the Life of Riley. There are others that will allow you to listen to the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Elvis and Buddy Holley, also with the click of a mouse. Don’t you wish you could take yourself back to those days and maybe move to Mayberry? Let’s do it … right now ….. just for a few minutes. Let’s go to 1960.

First let’s go do a little grocery shopping but be careful what you spend. Remember for every $100.00 you spent back in 1960 would take $743.92 today to replicate the same shopping. So you will have to adjust your shopping.

If you are planning to have children soon or getting ready for retirement you had better start saving. Canada Healthcare didn’t come in until 1966 and the costs associated with having a baby, which were about $150 ($1115.88 in today’s money) had to be paid out of pocket.Canada Pension hadn’t been set up and there were no RRSPs to contribute to. So make sure you have a good job with a pension. Under the circumstances let’s dig right into that good job and make a life’s career out of it.

I don’t know about you but I have a terrible fear of dentist. I have never willingly gone into a dentist’s office and ask him for treatment unless I had a tooth ache and even then it took a couple of days and a lot of courage. Today, with the help of sedation dentistry I can make and keep my appointments with little anxiety.

The Cuban crisis, The Berlin wall, nuclear proliferation, the Cold war and Vietnam were yet to be set in motion. Apartheid in South Africa and Civil rights abuse in the US were still the norm of every day life.

Mmm. Mmm.
Memories, light the corners of my mind
Misty watercolor memories of the way we were.
Scattered pictures of the smiles we left behind
smiles we give to one another
for the way we were.
Can it be that it was all so simple then
or has time rewritten every line?
If we had the chance to do it all again
tell me would we? Could we?

Memories, may be beautiful and yet
what’s too painful to remember
we simply choose to forget
So it’s the laughter we will remember
whenever we remember
the way we were.

Personally, I like it where I’m at. Nice to look back but I don’t want to go back. But that is just me…

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