I wanna go back.

I was reading a book review about a book set in the forties. There were 47 comments, and most of the women mentioned that they often wished they had lived in that era. And here I thought I was the only person who longed for “the olden days!”

So many times, I’ve wished that I had been a young married woman in the 40s. I’d like to emulate that lifestyle even now. I’ve even looked online for old sewing patterns so I can dress like they did! But then, it dawned on me one day, as I sat there wondering why God saw fit to place me in the 21st century, that it’s probably a good thing that we’re not all satisfied with how our lifestyles are now. It’s probably good that some of us are looking backwards, trying to bring back the good things from eras long past, seeking out the old paths.

If we were all pressing forward all the time, where would we be today?

4 responses to “I wanna go back.

  1. Great post! It is unfortunate when people look back at history and despise every aspect of it. The future is indeed bright but only when we use history to learn from.

    • That’s right! Growing up, I couldn’t see any value to learning about historical people and events. But my excellent college history professor helped me see more clearly. When we refuse to look backwards, we make the same mistakes over and over.

  2. Oh, but who wants to return to outhouses? Who wants to return to the days when every, every, every meal had to be cooked, few restaurants, no microwaves, no electric stoves and the gas ones blew up lots, and pressure canners did, too, and no freezers? And spring cleaning absolutely had to be done in all its full potential, just to keep diseases at bay? I love what I nostalgically think about those days, but the dresses–yikes! So tight you couldn’t breathe, so fully lined and undies you also had to make yourself so fully lined, you sweltered, and the patterns had about 40 pieces and no instructions. And the sewing machine had a treadle. And most of us did not live as long as I have, in fact, I would have died when my firstborn arrived, and him brain injured. There is a lot of wickedness these days, but there was, then, too. Just no internet to spread it OR to know about it.
    Don’t get me wrong–I LOVE those days, too, but I think if I went back there, the honeymoon would be over, fast. 🙂

    • I hope I’m not just nurturing a seed of discontent in myself. If I were to live in the 40s, I would probably still be looking backwards! I don’t think I would look forward though. Indoor plumbing would probably never even occur to me!

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