Recently I was reading an article and the question was posed, “How has the world changed since you were a child”.
I thought for a long time about it. What I eventually came up with both shocked and saddened me.
I think the biggest difference is that people are not as kind or as loving as they were in the 1960s.
I recall people being kind. I recall people being allowed to have a difference of opinion without them becoming arch enemies.
I saw people taking a lost child under their wing. A friend’s parents going out of their way to make their child’s friend part of something positive.
I had many adults in our community theater treat me so warmly and I felt part of something good.
I was brought up in a multicultural community and I enjoyed learning about and knowing about things that were different from mine.
I loved that people judged me for the person I am and not the color of my skin, the church I attended, or my political affiliation.
People were kind to me. People were loving toward me, and when I rode my bicycle all around town, people waved at me and smiled.
I miss that. It is my hope that one day, the Country can return to civility.