By Sherry Pasquarello,Senior Columnist/worldwidehippies.com
The other day my daughter turned 44. I posted a photo on my Facebook page. I was sitting up in my hospital bed holding her. My friend Ellie wrote that I looked so young. I wrote back that we all did back then, and we did. My daughter wrote a few things; one was about the full bottle on the nightstand and teasing me about letting her go hungry. I looked at the photo more and thought about how much has happened, how the world has changed since that photo was taken.
Yeah, it’s easy to see that I’m older and my hair went from dark brown to silver but about that bottle; breast feeding was just coming back into fashion and there was only one woman breast feeding in the entire maternity ward. Now, most everyone who can chooses to breast feed. I had a C section and it was the norm to spend 14 days in hospital as it is major surgery and childbirth. Today, C sections are 3 days and vaginal childbirth can mean a less than 24 hour stay.
I can remember being thrilled when we could afford to switch to disposable diapers because lugging the diaper pail across the apartment and down the steep flight of old wooden stairs to the basement was not only time consuming but dangerous. Now, cloth diapers are back as a better and more eco-friendly choice. I’m waiting for someone to bring the old diaper service trucks and laundries back.
I watched the Watergate hearings and the retreat from Vietnam on television with my daughter on my lap. I was thankful that I had a girl who I believed at the time, couldn’t be drafted. Now I have a 13 year old granddaughter and I am worried about the looming issue of a draft being reinstated not only for her but for all of the kids and grandkids out there.
I watch the television now and we’ve gone from three channels and the T.V. going off of the air at midnight to more channels that I could have ever dreamed of and pay T.V. that we were warned about when I was a kid myself. It was supposed to be a cross between something un-American and the big bad wolf. Well, it’s frankly more like hundreds of channels no one wants and political propaganda 24/7. Come to think about it. Its way more AMERICAN than they ever thought it could be. If they ever let us order and pay for just the channels we actually watch, then I’d say it’s a true service geared towards the consumer and not big business.
My kid went to a birthday breakfast with her daughter and then had a facial that was her gift from her hubby. I felt a few more grey hairs pop out on my head and went to bed early after eating early- with all the other senior citizens. Life moves faster than you think you young ones. Make the most of it and try to leave a better world for your kids and grandkids. We really did try.