Thursday, 3 April 2014
How the Times Have Changed
Today is my 50th birthday and it is a day for reflection and missing my parents who are not with me to celebrate the day.
Thinking of how the times have changed.
Thinking of just how much change there has been just in my lifetime.
I remember my father booking a telephone call to England in the late 1970s after we had seen a news report about a severe storm hitting Kent where Dad's relatives were living. We were given a time and were connected. Great Aunt Florence was so excited, a phone call from Australia, her son rushed down two doors where other family members were so they could all come up very quickly. The phone call lasted less than ten minutes (and was hugely expensive!) however they were all fine.
Somehow the regular contact around the world available now by Skype, email and even mobile just doesn't have the same element of excitement attached to it.
Although having contact with people all over the world is in itself amazing when we stop and actually consider how broad our boundaries have become.
Thinking of all the personal stories that have been lost. Today when we have so much technology available it is imperative that we do our best to record family stories and community stories before they are lost to us forever. Important to record the people in their own voices where we can do this and then important to share those many memories of people who were there before they too pass on.
Thinking of how family size has changed: my Great grandmother was one of 16 (12 attaining adulthood), my grandmother one of 13 (12 attaining adulthood) both my parents were only children. Dad because his father was killed in the Second World War and his mother didn't remarry until she was in her 60s. This has made it even more important as there are fewer of us to continue the stories.
It is good to see the work being done to commemorate the First World War. I hope that momentum can continue in recording other community history. And hard as it may be to believe, even our memories of our own lives need to be shared and recorded for the future.
So 50 years, a lot of change, most of it for the good, some of it not so great but all needs to be recorded for the future.