Friday, September 28, 2007

Daily Draw: Golden Tarot ~ 7 of Cups

The wonderful terrible distractions of the modern day world. So many pleasant ways to spend waste time. I'm sitting at one of them right now. Part of my income comes from computer work, but I'd say that only covers about half of the time I spend here. Such a marvelous tool, full of information to glean, friends to visit with, places to go...What did I do with those hours pre-computer?

I know I used to get a lot more books read. I have at least 6 on my nightstand, one in my purse, 14 here on the desk, one on the kitchen counter and 3 on the dining room table, all in line to be read, referenced, or in process of being read. But I sure don't get through as many books as I used to. And that is just one way worldly distractions have impacted my life.

How about personal vehicles? My car is another source of my income, a must have, but I sure seem to spend an inordinate amount of time in it for someone who doesn't much care for driving. When I was a kid the family had one vehicle and dad drove it to work. When mom needed to do groceries and pay bills we'd all get up at 6 AM, ride the 13 miles to town together, and we'd be there until dad was finished with work. Those were great days because we got to see both grandmothers! I'll bet they were wearing on mother though. Other than those one or two days a month we'd be found at home. No television, one big floor model wooden cased radio with about 100 knobs, the on off being the only one of any use. And lots and lots of farm work. I think I let a lot of things go that my mother probably did routinely. I never bother with the outside of the windows, mother did hers every couple of months. I have a whip round with the vacuuming, mother had to move all the furniture and haul the rolled up rug outside for a good beating. I can wash and dry all our laundry in a couple of hours, mother had a wringer washer that while quite modern was also labor intensive, and then laundry was hung on lines. Outside on a good day, on lines in the kitchen on bad days. My laundry comes out of the dryer ready to wear, we used to iron and iron and iron.

We eat when we remember to do so, wherever we are working at the moment; mother served 3 meals a day, at the table, on time, and still does.

There is much good in both today and yesterday's world, but I'm reminded by this card that modern time-saving devices come with a big price. They don't save any time, they provide another way to spend it.

"My mother's menu consisted of two choices: Take it or leave it." ~ Buddy Hackett 1924-2003

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