Tuesday, November 01, 2011
The Oklahoma summers were hot and we left the front and back doors open to cause a draft through the house. The windows were also up or open. At night we always checked to see if the screens were "latched". Although I don't know why. If anybody wanted in all they had to do was pull real hard and the screen would come unlatched.
I never felt afraid! Dumb Okie? Maybe. But I was happy and at peace with myself and others.
At Halloween I went all over town with one or two other boys. No adults. We wouldn't have even considered it.
Last night here in Scottsdale. A few children were out. Their parents were only a few feet away. And for good reason.
Did I grow up in the "good old days"? I think so. There were a lot of things in those days that were not so good and many "good" things have come into being over the years. But generally speaking, if I had to make a choice I would go back to the days gone by.
Yes, I would miss the "good" things that have come to pass and the "progress" that has been made. Like this computer I am using right now.
But mercy me, I would love to pillow my head at night knowing that generally speaking all is well in Scottsdale and all points beyond. That women and little children are not being molested. And that all that "crappy stuff" I value so highly will still be there in the morning.