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Old 12-18-07, 02:39 PM   #1
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A Different World

I'm not a fan of country but this song was on while driving back to work today. For some reason the words started to resonate in my ears when normally I don't pay much attention to what is playing on the radio. This song made me compare my childhood to that which my kids might be experiencing.

I don't know which world is better but I will attest that they are different worlds.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEPuY...eature=related
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I was just thinking of that very song whilst standing in the Post Office, where there were three very small children runnin' about like little animals, shrieking at the top of their lungs and cryin' "Mammaaaaaa" over and over and over. They ran around, in and out the door to the lobby, and even, at one point, into the parkin' lot! We're talkin' ages 3-5 here! And the two women who brought them in? Standing at the counter speakin' Spanish and laughing, oblivious to the hellions creating chaos in an already stressed environment (lots of people, all needing lengthy exchanges with the clerks). "Mamma" didn't seem to understand any English, so the clerk had to pantomime to make her understand that she needs to corral those kids and discourage them from running out into the parking lot unattended, and from kicking the cabinets and screaming indoors. "Mamma" seemed confused about why anyone should ever discipline their kids or make them stay put and in sight. Sadly, this really has nothing to do with the fact that the woman only spoke Spanish, for I see the same befuddled attitude among native English-speakers, too, and across all economic classes.

My brother, sister and I sure never got away with behaviour like that. Hell, we didn't get away with raising our voices in public places at all (except at the park, or out in the country). And we sure as hell didn't get away with disobeying. It was a different world, all right.
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Old 12-18-07, 04:01 PM   #3
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I actually like this song.

As the words are so very true
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Old 12-18-07, 05:17 PM   #4
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I was just thinking of that very song whilst standing in the Post Office, where there were three very small children runnin' about like little animals, shrieking at the top of their lungs and cryin' "Mammaaaaaa" over and over and over. They ran around, in and out the door to the lobby, and even, at one point, into the parkin' lot! We're talkin' ages 3-5 here! And the two women who brought them in? Standing at the counter speakin' Spanish and laughing, oblivious to the hellions creating chaos in an already stressed environment (lots of people, all needing lengthy exchanges with the clerks). (

I spent about 20 years working in retail and found that foreign children were much, much worse behaved in stores than American kids. The worst seemed to be kids from India and Pakistan. Their parents acted like they were afraid to say no to the kids. My Mom or Dad would have snatched me baldheaded had I behaved the way most foreign kids act in public.
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Thanks for sharing. I like it.
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Alot of Country songs reflect life and our thoughts in general especially the good ones . Here's one for that strikes a chord with me...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JW-3...eature=related
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I was just thinking of that very song whilst standing in the Post Office, where there were three very small children runnin' about like little animals, shrieking at the top of their lungs and cryin' "Mammaaaaaa" over and over and over. They ran around, in and out the door to the lobby, and even, at one point, into the parkin' lot! We're talkin' ages 3-5 here! And the two women who brought them in? Standing at the counter speakin' Spanish and laughing, oblivious to the hellions creating chaos in an already stressed environment (lots of people, all needing lengthy exchanges with the clerks). "Mamma" didn't seem to understand any English, so the clerk had to pantomime to make her understand that she needs to corral those kids and discourage them from running out into the parking lot unattended, and from kicking the cabinets and screaming indoors. "Mamma" seemed confused about why anyone should ever discipline their kids or make them stay put and in sight. Sadly, this really has nothing to do with the fact that the woman only spoke Spanish, for I see the same befuddled attitude among native English-speakers, too, and across all economic classes.

My brother, sister and I sure never got away with behaviour like that. Hell, we didn't get away with raising our voices in public places at all (except at the park, or out in the country). And we sure as hell didn't get away with disobeying. It was a different world, all right.
+eleventy million!!! First she would look at us and clear her throat, if it continued she'd shoot us "the look", if that didn't work she'd address us by our first, middle & last names, put us over her kne and make our asses pink.

There was no more acting up after that.
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+eleventy million!!! First she would look at us and clear her throat, if it continued she'd shoot us "the look", if that didn't work she'd address us by our first, middle & last names, put us over her kne and make our asses pink.

There was no more acting up after that.
Oh, yeah! That first, middle and last name thing was always a harbinger of a spanking!

In public, my mother would simply tell us in a low, measured voice, "You really don't want me to have to take you home." She only had to do so once with each of us. Actually, she never had to do so with me, because I learned a lot by watching my older brother and sister get punished.

Seriously, when I look back, I'm really impressed with how well-behaved we were. My mom had to take all three of us everywhere she went as she and my dad couldn't afford babysitters. There was nowhere she couldn't take us. Then again, most kids at that time had some sense of etiquette when indoors.... It was a different world.
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Old 12-19-07, 10:02 AM   #9
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Nothing warms your heart like when people say, "You have such nicely behaved boys." Makes us feel like we are actually doing something right. We also enjoy the looks on people's faces when our boys (9 and 14) routinely use the phrase "Thank you." Apparently, that phrase is rarely used by young people.
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The nice thing about this song is that it doesn't really preach to us and tell us that things were so much better back then. I think that conclusion can be drawn, but I really don't think it is a story about which time is better.

I think the more important aspect of this song is that it shakes some of use by the shirt collar and reminds us of how things were when we were young and despite all of the fear and paranoia that is regurgitated by the media every day, there was a time when people just lived there lives without trying to circumvent every possible thing that might go wrong for them.

We just lived and most of the time that turned out alright. Now we don't let our kids out of the yard and we are afraid of just about every substance on earth because most of them have been linked to ill health by some study somewhere.

We go to great lengths to make sure our kids are never disappointed or have their feelings hurt. There are tons of other differences between now and then, but again I think the important aspect is being AWARE of what is happening around us today and how differently the world may be in the eyes of our kids compared to the one we remember.

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Thanks for sharing that, Portis.

Brought back a lot of memories. And the message is spot on.
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