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As I walked directly to the adjoining room from my bedroom, called a master bath, for some reason I thought about the luxuries that we have today that we take for granted. It made me think about our ancestors and what amenities that they would have loved.  

Although I wouldn’t consider my parents that much older than myself, they did struggle early in their marriage. My Mom was only 16, and my Dad was 18. He was in the service and every now and then I will hear their reflections of a time in their lives when they ate mostly beans to survive. I hear their stories of their survival,and I listen in awe and admiration for what they had to endure. I cannot possibly truly understand what it was like on a daily basis.

I can however remember a time in my life when we did not have an inside bathroom. I don’t remember thinking it was a hardship to walk outside to use the commode, but I was truly happy when the “outhouse” caught on fire one day and an indoor bathroom was installed.
I found out many years later,that it was not by chance that the “outhouse” caught on fire by the “burning pit” next to it, but a lovely woman who was tired of not having a modern facility set fire to it.  Thank You Mom!

I also remember my Mom sending my sister and I to our neighbors home to pump water outdoors to carry inside for her drinking water. She poured that water into another pail and a large ladle was used to fill her glass or pan with water.

I look back on my childhood and it gives me much pride that I wasn’t spoiled by my parents, although perhaps it wasn’t by choice.  I still remember most every toy I received as a child, or the clothing that my mom made for me. They were given and received with such joy.  

My parents advanced financially, but those times will still be etched in our hearts.

We take so much for granted and I wonder what it was like in the daily lives our ancestors.  

If you were able to go  back in time and take something to an ancestor, what would it be?



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      Shopgirl1960 wrote Dec 28, 2008
    • I would take with me a knowledgeable plumber slash electrician.



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      Vikki Hall wrote Dec 28, 2008
    • I would take info on what smoking can do to you.  

      BTW I enjoyed your blog.....made me thinnk back.



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      Psalmist wrote Dec 28, 2008
    • i would go back and let Dr. King know that his dream does come true.



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      Bobbi Bacha wrote Dec 28, 2008
    • If I could take one thing back to an ancestor it would be to my grandfathers both Pilgrims on the Mayflower a map of the new world they helped create and to tell them that thier sacrifice for freedom came true for many cultures.  And to my other Greatgrandfather Thomas More.  He wrote the book Utopia that was his ultimate demise, as he was beheaded for daring to speak his mind.  I would love to bring to him books written about him so that he would know he did not die in vain and the world did change after his book and his death.  To my Grandfather first Knight to King Richard, Id bring him a picture of my son and ask him how the heck to deal with a freedom fighter like himself.



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      Jacquie6363 wrote Dec 28, 2008
    • Shopgirl, this truly is a reflection for us to appreciate what we have now and our ancestors did not.  I too can remember when I was a little girl, in the island, no indoor facilities and was truly joyful, when that amenity became available while still a little girl.

      Great post, thanks for posting...



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      Shopgirl1960 wrote Jan 23, 2009
    • Darn it girls, I have realized that I do NOT get messages in my mailbox for my own blogs, just those I visit.
      I am so sorry I did not respond early.

      Thankyou for reading my blog and your interesting answers.



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      Linni wrote Jan 23, 2009
    • yes, i remember those thing too Della..

      i honestly thing today we have WAY TOO MUCH! less is MORE in my book!

      thanks for the nice read!



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      Bobbi Bacha wrote Jan 23, 2009
    • btw bfly, the original constitution was written with the intent on freedom and equalilty, for all races.  

      Somehow.. it was written out so the ancestors intended all persons to be equal free in this new land, and somehow taken out (OMITTED or rewritten) and hence we had segregation, discrimination, prejudice and unequality.

      Thats why we women and minorities have had and continue to have struggles.  Progress has been made, but I agree BFly.. still many sorrows for us and much more progress to be made.  

      So I guess if we could go back in time.  We should never let them stray from the original intent of equality and freedom for all !!!!!  

      The original idea of equality over 200 years ago, would have put us light years ahead of any nation.  It would have saved us a civil war and many other problems along the way.



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