A Grandparent’s Voice: This is the past


Memories of today. I think by now most of you know that I do not write about the past for the sake of holding on to days gone by. We are living memories now. It is a shame to be so lost in the past that we overlook the present. Today is a time to set good memories into motion.

We love looking back but sometimes forget the struggle. The now ‘primitive’ tools we used in the 50’s and into the 60’s may have kept life simple, but they didn’t always make life easy. Still we hold on to the memories remembering it as a simpler time. In another few decades, voice command and even mental telepathy will probably be common. Computers will be obsolete as will cell phones. Already terms like telephone, automobile, stove, slip, nylons, CDs, classified ads, landlines, camera film, yellow pages, catalogs, fax machines, wires, handwritten mail, video stores are fading from use. As fast as something new arrives, there is something in the works to replace it.

I predict that in the near future cars will no longer need gas (or gasoline, another old term). Cell phones will be replaced by something easier yet. Legg Eggs will be collectibles. Skype has already replaced that letter that takes days to get there. Videos are streamed on computers. And, global warming will demand that we think in new ways. We no longer bury or burn our trash. We drive cars that are good for us and the environment. We become more responsible if not for ourselves then for our grandchildren. For future generations.

We are indeed living the memories. We are setting in motion what our children and grandchildren will remember of us. The times we spend with them are important. The image of ourselves that we give them is just as important. How we live. How we adapt and change with the times. What we do to improve ourselves and the world around us. We are from the past. We are setting up the future. What we hand over in those ways will not be obsolete. This is the past.


By Pamela Loxley Drake

Pamela Loxley Drake is a former resident of Darke County and is the author of Neff Road and A Grandparent Voice blog. She can be reached at [email protected]. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.

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