Now that spring has arrived, we can hope that the cold weather is just about to end and that snowfall will return next winter. Some of our younger citizens have seen more snow this year than they can remember. Several have asked if those of us in the slower lane have seen this much. Of course, we have had to admit that we surely have seen more.
As we begin to tell a few tales about some of the storms of the past, those young people just automatically find something else to do because they don’t really want to hear about “the days of yore.” For some reason, they seem to think we tend to exaggerate and aren’t interested in hearing us stretch the truth one more time.
Well, they may be right part of the time because some of us might add just a bit to some of our stories in order to make them sound more interesting. On the other hand, the younger generations don’t want to admit that their elders have had more experiences than they, have had harder times than they, or have had to listen to the preceding generations as they told their stories of the past.
Although times really are very different, many of life’s experiences are similar.
Fortunately, those of us in the slow lane had the opportunity to grow up in quieter times and lived in an even slower lane back then. We didn’t have the frustrations of the computer era, but we did lose patience when we ran out of ink or when the typewriter ribbon wore out. We didn’t have to listen to computerized voices on the telephone, but we did become a little impatient when a cow stepped on the phone line and broke all connection to the surrounding community.
During bad weather, we usually had school bus service on most county roads even though we didn’t have it inside the city limits. We might have been out of school for a few days or weeks at a time because snow drifts were just too high for any of our vehicles, but we didn’t have to worry about being without television on such days or even without electricity because we didn’t have either. At this point, the young people are beginning to grow impatient because they can’ imagine life without television, without electricity, without running water or indoor facilities. They can’t imagine spending many hours in reading great books or in sitting around the kitchen stove just listening to stories of the past and the coming of the pioneers.
Let’s just remember that life was good then and is good today. We may have more ways to spend spare time now than we did then, but we don’t have any more fun than we had at those taffy pulls or play parties. Life is as good as we make it!
Lynn Moncus is a Tucumcari resident and can be contacted through the Quay County Sun by calling 575-461-1952.