What Was Learned From Lilly's Interview


Lilly Hurst taught me that things have defmitely changed over the years. If we look back, we will notice just how good our lives are. It seems like we take for granted what we have. However, I have come to the realization that in the earlier 1900's bonds between family members were much tighter. Our economy has grown to be much better; unfortunately, family ties have seemed to disintegrate.

Family was all a person had in the early 1900's. Families lived together and worked together. No vehicles were around to transport people from place to place. Entertainment was what you made of it. Sitting around telling stories was considered entertainment. Not only that, families worked together to provide the "bread and butter" for the household. The children worked alongside the parents. Wages were lower and more work was required by the families. On the other hand, the prices were lower. A family worked to gain what they needed, not to buy useless objects.

In the early 1900's people lived without many appliances that we now use. Common household items that we use were not things of the past. Refrigerators were not household items. The milk was kept cold in the creek or in a spring house. Air conditioners were appliances which were unheard of. Can you imagine going a summer without cool air filling your house, or hauling water from a spring and transporting meats back and forth from the house to the spring? That was a normal occurrence. That is something that we now take for granted.

We have become spoiled by what we have. Think back to the earlier 1900's. The people did not complain about what they had or did not have. They lived without many things that we today thing we "have to have". We could take a few lessons on how people lived, although I am not saying we should totally change. A balance could be made between the two times. I can see the good and bad in both. We just have to take what comes our way.

I have not necessarily made up my mind about which period of time is better. In fact, I don't think the times can be compared. Jobs and technologies are magnificent now. But, family has slipped down the totem pole a few steps. The times are too different; one is not necessarily better than the other. Both times have unforgettable qualities. I just hope that future generations will point out the good and bad about both periods of time and take the good from each.


Interview and writings by Amanda Flemming
Put on web by Wade McBee


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