Sunday, 25 January 2015

Writing - Nostalgia unlimited

Nostalgia is something that raises moans, smiles and sometimes tears, but there is a place for it in life if not in writing. 

How many times have you heard a sentence begin with 'I can remember when ... ' and stifled an inward moan? In fact it is my belief that nostalgia provides balance. What usually follows is a description of the way things were or even the manner in which people related to each other in the past. Usually, that 'past' is long past. Well I came across a collection of situations that you may like to apply to your own life.

Fast Food
What was your favourite fast food? In fact there wasn't much in the way of fast food when I was growing up. In fact the only outlet of that sort was the occasional Wimpy Bar. As a family we sat down daily for a family meal and if we went into town we ate at a restaurant or cafe which had a menu that was usually very English. 
There were certain behaviours one followed as a child at the dinner table. You didn't rush, held your knife and fork in the prescribed way, and, if you wished to get up from the table, you asked permission. This wasn't just my parents, saying 'Please may I leave the table' was the accepted form by all.

 People didn't own their own homes, in fact I was in my late teens before I ever went into a house that was 'owned' and it belonged to my first girlfriend's parents. I was lucky because as an only child, I had my own bedroom. There was no central heating and so I did witness frost on the inside of my bedroom window. We had two coal fires and two electric fires that were never turned on because they were too expensive to run. My parents never wore jeans, never travelled abroad and didn't (and never did) possess a credit card. If you wanted to buy something you saved up and got whatever it was when you had the required purchase price.
My parents bought a TV in 1955 which was the first in our street, and four years later they bought a car. 
There was no refrigerator and milk was delivered daily by a man with a milk float. In fact there wasn't much in the way of frozen food, I seem to remember fish fingers as being one of the earliest examples.

Here is a short quiz that may make you think, or smile or just entertain. Count all things that you can remember, not told about and then consider the ratings at the end.

1.  Sweet cigarettes
2.  Coffee shops with juke  boxes
3.  Home milk delivery in glass bottles 
4.  Party lines  on  the telephone
5.  Newsreels before the movie 
6.  TV test patterns that came on at night after the  last show and were there until TV shows started again in the morning.
(There were only 2  channels
  [if you were fortunate])
7.  Peashooters
 33 rpm  records
9.  45 RPM records
10.  Hi-fi's
 Metal ice trays with  levers
12.  Blue flashbulb
13.  Cork popguns
14.  Wash  tub wringers

If  you remembered 0-3 = You're still young
If  you remembered 3-6 = You are getting older
If  you remembered 7-10 = Don't tell your age
If  you remembered 11-14 = You're positively  ancient!

God Bless