I’m Good With Where I Am Now

“Have you ever visited a part of the country where things were done as in older time, or were far more modern than you are accustomed?”

A long time ago when I was a child life was very different for my grandparents and their friends. They lived on a subsistence farm with eight children. My grandmother cooked on a wood stove, and her meals were something too good to miss, partly I’m sure due to the fact that everything was raised on the farm. The kids worked on the farm, but they also spent time damming up the creek, setting traps for rabbits, and playing outdoors. The house was heated by a wood heater and two fireplaces. They had no air conditioner in the summer, but the house was constructed to take advantage of any breeze that came along so the heat was never oppressive. In their later years they installed a bathroom on their back porch, which was quite an achievement for the time as many people were still using outhouses.

As a child I spent a lot of time on that farm. It wasn’t much like my own house which was a modern up to date ranch house with running water, central heat, and inside bathrooms, but I still loved it at the farm. I didn’t mind the lack of conveniences at all.

Fast forward to 2021. I’m all plugged in to modern technology. Before I retired all of my students grades were entered into an electronic grade book. I used a Smart Board instead of a chalk board or a white board. My students did research online, and I used online resources myself to help prepare lessons.

At home my husband and I both have nice computers and even a couple of extra ones. We have security cameras outside although I don’t know if we need them or not. My son gave them to us at Christmas so we used them. Our TV and appliances do all kinds of things, some of which confuse me, especially the TV.

It’s hard to imagine living with more technology, but I know it’s possible. We just had two civilian flights to outer space, right? Personally, though, I’m okay with what I have now. I don’t really need any more technology. Remember, as a child I played on that farm, and I have very fond memories of it. What about you? Would you like to experience more technology?

About Elaine Cantrell

Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina. She has a Master’s Degree in Personnel Services from Clemson University and is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority for women educators. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America. Her first novel A New Leaf was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest and was published in 2004 by Oak Tree Press. When she isn't writing you can find Elaine playing with her dog or maybe collecting more vintage Christmas ornaments
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8 Responses to I’m Good With Where I Am Now

  1. I had long, lazy Summer Vacations from school, mostly spent at home doing very little, and I don’t think it hurt my mind one bit. In fact, I think the shut-down was regenerative. I wish the young people now could kick back, HOWEVER,I LOVE TECHNOLOGY. I would have been out of my mind with my family traveling, moving away, knowing there were problems. I spent a fortune of long-distance calls and postage when Joe-the-Husband and I were apart during our engagement and when I moved away from family,(who always later followed me.) With where I am, look, I am HERE, and I am in Italy, Austria, Canada, Australia, England, Ireland and all over the U.S. almost every day! In fact, I was watching an old show with 15-yr-old Granddaughter #2 last night, trying to explain to her how, when I was her age, it would have been an inconceivable idea to be able to see nearly any show or movie any time we wanted, instead of hunting the TV listings and hoping for no interruptions, and so many shown and never seen again. This was after Joe was telling her how we had to time our bathroom and kitchen runs during ads.
    I don;t regret what I had in many ways, but I am certainly not against technology.

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    • Elaine Cantrell says:

      I’m not against it either, but I don’t particularly want to have any more of it than I currently do. One of my favorite pieces of technology is my phone. I have an entire Kindle library on it so I always have something to read if I’m stuck in a waiting room somewhere.

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  2. Jeff Salter says:

    I’ll try to dredge up my own memories for tomorrow’s post, but for now, let me say I LOVE this quote from yours: “Our TV and appliances do all kinds of things…”
    I’m considerably un-acquainted with MOST of the features of: my phone, our TV, the new washing machine, the fridge, etc, etc. Even though I use the microwave a zillion times a day, I still have no clue what most of the features are — nor, obviously, do I use them.
    And even though I was an early user of office “technology” — i.e., in the early 1980s (remember the 8 inch floppy disks?) — and even though I’m on my desktop computer for much of the day, every day, I still don’t use but a few of the features that are presumably lurking therein.

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  3. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I can imagine your memories of those farm visits are wonderful. I have no memories of my grandparents’ homes, because the one grandma I knew lived with us. I think I would have enjoyed visiting my other grandparents, who lived in a traditional Japanese home with tatami mats, a tiny wood stove, and sliding walls, but they were too far away. I’ve seen pictures, but never experienced being in a house like that.

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  4. I often think I could do with a little less technology. It seems that my older kids (and not sometime even Wyatt) are constantly on their phones or other devices. I miss game nights, sitting on the front porch just chatting, and having to come up with fun and creative ways to amuse ourselves. We do still do those things but not as much as my siblings and I did as children.
    Your childhood visits to the farm sound wonderful.

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