Monday, October 29, 2018
Haibun Monday, and our suggested
topic is Change. Oh Mercy, how could
I choose, let me count the ways! There’s not
enough paper for me to cover them all. What
a fun topic!
Submitted to dVerse
October 29, 2018
I scarcely know how to begin to recount the changes
I’ve seen! I remember when water came from a pump
at the well. Our vintage Chevy was “straight stick” and
clutch. A call from nature required a walk to the “outhouse”.
The phone hung on the wall, and it was necessary to crank
the ring of neighbors on our line, or “Central” to connect
us to other lines. Our “ring” was a long and two shorts,
my aunt’s a short and two longs, and so on. The only
things that flew over our house were migrating birds.
Service station attendants cleaned the windshield and
pumped the fuel for our car. Our home was heated with
coal stoves, mother’s cook stove was fueled by corn cobs.
No one locked their doors. You could take a man at his word.
There was no crime, My life has been a quantum leap to air
travel, credit cards, computer, iPhone, television, surveillance
cameras, automation and electric scooters. It seems there’s
an “app” for everything, and Amazon can deliver it all.
My venerable friends and card-playing buddies have mastered
changes along with me. Recently we were playing cards
when we heard music. Each in turn, we put down our cards
and reached for our purses and cell phones, but none were ringing.
We sat in puzzlement … until we realized it was the Good Humor
Man, the little ice cream truck that cruised the neighborhoods
playing happy little tunes to attract the children to buy his ice cream!
Change, you say? We’ve certainly seen a few!
from summer to fall
from an outhouse to a spa
changes are welcome