Growing Up With Technological Advancements

Reaching the magical age of six years old was something that I looked forward to from about three years old and in Primary Sunday School Classes at Church. My older brother is one year older than I am, and therefore started school one year before I did. Needless to say, I wanted to go to school too, but kept being told that I wasn’t old enough to go to school.

There was no such thing as Preschool, or Kindergarten. That was to come nine years later that a child could go to private Preschool and/or Kindergarten. Public Kindergarten in Virginia didn’t come until the mid to late 60s.

Before that, I would gather the 4 and 5 year olds and we would go to my house, where I would teach them their alphabet, their numbers, their colors, and their basic shapes. For teaching them, I would make their alphabet letters by putting dashes for the shapes of the letters and they would trace over them. The same would be done with their numbers, and I would just hold up items with the different shapes and different colors for them to identify.

There was no such thing as a cell phone, they were all equipped with a dial pad that had a plastic disc with individual open circles for each of the nine numbers, and the phone lines were called party lines and were shared by four or five different families. It would be several years later before the numbers were on individual squares and each one had a different tone that it made when you pressed it down to select it.

Televisions were black and white pictures until 1969 when the first color television came out for the public to be ale to purchase. There were three basic channels ABC, CBS, NBC, a government channel and a public service channel. Television service went off the air at midnight to one o’clock in the morning, and did not come back on until six to seven o’clock in the morning. Profanity, nudity, and sexuality were not allowed. Shows with a husband and a wife made the husband and wife sleep in separate twin beds. There were no walk men, no CD players, no cassette tapes with cassette players. Most radios had only AM on them, there was no such thing as AM/FM radios until the mid to late 60s.

There were no digital cameras. You had to use rolls of film that had to be threaded into the camera after 20 to 24 pictures, and there were no automatic flashes in the cameras, individual flash bulbs had to be put into the flash attachment. Later came Flash Cubes with four sides that had a bulb in each side. Each individual roll of film had to be developed, or put onto picture thick paper. Then came cameras that used little automatic rolls of film in a little cassette roll of film. Now there are digital cameras with little SD cards with different amounts of memory on them. When they are full, you load them onto your computer and save them on your disk drive or save them into one of the many memory clouds that are out there.

Having computers at home were unheard of, and when they did come out, only rich people could afford to purchase them. The manual typewriters were replaced with automatic ones that plugged into a regular electric socket. That was the nearest thing to a computer that most normal people could ever even hope to purchase. Most recorded music was on records. Circular discs made of vinyl, came in three different sizes, with the music being on groves in the vinyl. Now the music comes out of your computer or from a MP3 player where you recorded what music you want to hear, from your other CD’s and real live concerts, if it’s allowed.

Posting about all of the changes that I have lived through could go on for several more hours. But I’m going to stop here and say that thanks to modern day technological advances, news can be reported within minutes of its’ happening, thanks to Drones, powerful cameras, and super fast internet services.


To Keep or Not To Keep

This is from Facebook. Somebody must have been spying on me. This is me all over, and all of my friends will agree if they are ever asked.


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With me, it’s not just a cardboard box, but also the plastic container, the strong plastic bag, the odd shaped jar, and so on. but there are a lot of my friends that have been very much surprised by how I have used several of these things. Last week, I did go through a lot of my plastic containers though, and threw away some with no lids and some lids with no containers. Even though I do keep a lot of stuff, for the most part my apartment doesn’t look too bad, and I can walk very easily in every room in my apartment. This is better than what I can say for some of my friends. For the most part, whenever there is something small that I need in a hurry and can’t go out to the store to buy it, I can come up with something to contain whatever it is until I can go to the store to get whatever I need.


A Jesus Fan With A Jesus Face Mask

This is from Facebook. This really is a great face mask.


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Midland Flood Of 2020

This was on Facebook. Being able to see things like this by way of a Drone is fascinating. But at the same time, when it’s about something like a fire or a flood, or any other “Act Of God”, they are heart breaking as well. When you stop to really think about technology, it can almost blow your mind away.


The Choices We Make

This is from Facebook. This is mostly true. About the only time that I would say that it isn’t true is if the person was born with a disability or a handicap. True some of them can be worked around, but some of them can’t. For example, if the person was born with no arms or legs, then that person will never be able to make it alone. There will always have to be somebody to dress that person, someone to feed that person, and someone to drive that person around. After those things are done, it would be up to the person whether they wanted to feel sorry for them self or if they were going to talk to other people and be up beat by talking like they are just the same as a person that has all of their limbs. I have seen programs about different people being born with different kinds of birth defects, but if you were to only hear them on the radio, but couldn’t see them to know if they had all of their limbs or not you may never know that they aren’t like everybody else. They may even make you feel ashamed of yourself for complaining about some little problem that you have.



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What Is First Thing

This is from Facebook. Thank God that COVID-19 is over!!!!! And if one comes to me, then I’ll write a poem.


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The first thing I’m going to do is to get up and thank God that the pandemic is over and I didn’t get it. Then I’m going to get dressed and go to the store just to look around, and I may buy something to show how happy I am that it’s all over. That’s if it’s a weekday. If it’s a Sunday, I’ll catch the bus and go to Sunday School and Church if they are both being held.f only one is going on, then I’ll go to that one. When I get home, I’ll sing.



I Always Get Up!

This is from Facebook. Probably, if the truth be told, most everybody can relate to some if not all of what this says. I know that I can. To me, I relate it to “What God Hath Promised”. When life knocks you down, God will give you the strength to get back up – just ask Him. If all you ever see is the good things that you want to see, then when the bad things come, you won;t know what to do to be able to get back up- ask God. If all you ever had was success, then you would be devastated by the failures when and if they ever came-trust God. No matter what befalls you, God can help you and will carry you if you cannot walk by yourself. You may be wondering how I know this. The answer is that I have experienced it and always called on God to get me through. And He did. Why did he do that for me? Because “God Is Awesome”, and I’m a Child of God.


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One of my talents is my ability to write poetry. I have won awards, honorable mention awards, and editors choice awards with many of my poems.The one posted below is one of these poems that is special to me.

Winners Never Quit and Quitters Never Win

Winners never quit and quitters never win

For if you’re a quitter then you’ve stopped trying and given in

A fighter never won a fight with delivering a powerful blow

A runner never won a race by running very slow

This is how it goes in everyone’s life

Even in the middle of turmoil and strife

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”

Is a phrase that helps people do a lot of growing

They say “The best things in life are free.”

And that “No one ever said the way would be easy.”

There are so many different walks in life

Here too you have to decide what for you will be right

If by chance the first one you choose doesn’t work

Don’t be a quitter but a winner and for another one look

For you can’t give up if you want to win

Because winners never quit and quitters never win


Bonnie Jean

November 11, 1989

This poem won an Honorable Mention March 31, 1991 from the World Of Poetry.