Have you noticed cereal boxes, and dog food bags are either thinner or smaller than they used to be? I've also noticed laundry detergent comes in smaller boxes and canned food is in slightly smaller cans. Even aerosol cans are smaller in diameter. Manufacturers have made ever-so-slightly packaging changes in hopes consumers wouldn't notice the downsizing. Products don't hold up as long neither. I can't find a can opener that will last longer than 6 months before it needs to be replaced. I had bought my Mom a name brand hand-held mixer, thinking surely it would last a number of years, but just a couple months passed and she was telling me the beaters kept falling out. In my kitchen, I'm still toasting my bread using an old vintage toaster I remember buying from an antique shop back in the late 70s during my Marine Corps days stationed in North Carolina. It's got one of those round, black electrical cords and ticks when it's toasting, but it works just as good as the first time I toasted in it. Things are not the same. My latest vehicle doesn't have a metal body all around. Some of the body panels are fiberglass. Wow! That's very comforting knowing I'm protected with fiberglass against an oncoming logging truck. Why use flimsier, or inferior, lesser quality materials to make products? They're just not going to hold up compared to products that were made with sturdier material.
My trusty old toaster is still toasting my bread over 30 years
But the most change I've noticed is the values, moral, and attitudes of people. I shake my head and I'm sure many other people my age or older have noticed it also. The younger generations are not carrying forward many ideas us older folk hold sacred. The younger generations march to a different drum beat or something. And that something is not very comforting or what I see to be good, solid, values and morals.
The following is part of an email on senior citizens I received.
reflection, we would like to point out that it
was NOT the
senior citizens who took:
The melody out of
The pride out of
The courtesy out of
The romance out of
The commitment out of
The responsibility out of
The togetherness out of the
The learning out of
The service out of
The nativity scene out of
The civility out of
The refinement out of
The dedication out of
The prudence out of
The ambition out of
God out of
government and school.
NOT the ones who
eliminated patience and
tolerance from personal
relationships and interactions with
And, we do understand the meaning of
patriotism, and remember those who have fought and
died for our country.
at the Seniors with tears in their eyes and pride in
their hearts as they stand at attention
with their hand over their hearts!
YES, I'M A
------------------------------------------------End of email.
I'm sure I'm not the only one thinking,"what's happened?" Good, solid, sturdy, things are now made flimsy, and the strong fortitude, backbone, commitment and convictions people used to posses and exhibit have become flimsy as well. This is becoming a 'wimpy world'
What do you think about this?