There are many things that I would like to share with the younger generation, to let them know how things were when I grew up. I am at an age that many would consider to be ancient, but to me it’s just a number. I was born in 1952, so that makes me 62 years young. I grew up when there were only three channels on television, and those were in black and white.
When I was between four years old and eight years old, the dress of the day was quite different from today. Back then, every female dressed in a way that no way resembles today. First and foremost, the ladies wore hats, and the ladies and little girls wore gloves whenever they dressed up. The little girls were even more dressed up than that. For a little girl to be really dressed up, she even wore a really fancy slip, called a crinoline slip (on top of a straight slip to keep from getting scratched), that had layers and layers of lacy slips sewed into one slip. This slip would stick out quite a lot, under her pretty dresses. A proper young lady, and a lady did not dare go to church without the proper attire on. Besides the pretty dresses and hats, a proper lady of any age, 3 to 103, also wore gloves, and carried a purse. usually these matched, as well as the shoes. Although, the little girls usually wore patent leather shoes that were usually black, but sometimes were white.
To go to town to go shopping also required the little girls and ladies to dress up almost as fancy as if they were going to church. The little boys and men dressed up as well. They wore suits and dress shoes that laced up, as well as bow ties for the little boys (and some men), and neck ties for the men. Most of the men also wore dress hats.
There was no such thing as wearing slacks even, and definitely no jeans or shorts, to town. This was true of school also. Little girls and young ladies wore dresses or skirts that came just below the knees. The boys wore dress pants and shirts with neckties. It wasn’t until 1970 that the girls were allowed to wear dress slacks to school. There were still no jeans or shorts allowed in the schools. The boys still had to wear dress pants. It was somewhere around the late 70’s to early 80’s when the schools finally allowed dress jeans and khakis to be worn by both boys and girls. The late 80’s on saw the rapid decline of the dress code in both sexes, but especially in the girls. the skirts were the first to keep getting shorter and shorter, and finally shorts were allowed. But before too long, even the shorts became short shorts. The rest is history, much to my dismay. It seemed to me that there was a whole lot less instances of teen pregnancies then than now, as well as domestic violence.
I think the real decline came when Madeline O’Hara managed to get the law passed to have anything that mentioned anything about religion, God, Jesus, or the Bible to be taken out of the schools, and then out of everything having to do with government. on her death bed, she admitted that that was the biggest mistake of her whole life, and that she wished she could go back and change the course of history by not having had that to be done. she had it done because she and her son were both atheist, and she did not want her son to be subjected to having to hear the pledge of allegiance, the Lord’s Prayer, and the daily Bible reading in school everyday. I guess her son was not capable enough to plug his ears with his fingers to block out having to hear any of it. This was coupled with Roe vs Wade being passed that allowed women to have abortions for any reason, or actually for no reason other than they just wanted to get rid of, as they called it, “a mistake that they didn’t want to bring into the world unwanted”. When these two are put together, the nation as we knew it was doomed to damnation from then on.