Did you remember to bring your hankie?

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 14, 2016

In your younger days, can you remember your mom, grandmother or sister telling you don’t forget that handkerchief as you prepared for school?
There were handkerchiefs of all colors and sizes. I remember some girls had hankies with lace trim. But I remember one third grade classmate who carried a large red “bandana” handkerchief to school.
It was so large you could use it as a tablecloth. He also could wrap his salt-meat biscuit in that handkerchief.
Today, however, I see youngsters and even adults in church or restaurants without handkerchiefs. How do I know? Well, you can tell when people need to blow their nose (or is it noses?) and simply cannot because they were never taught to carry a hankie. I suppose today’s world society would consider this non-important. It’s not like it used to be is it? What would Abby say?
Now let’s take a look at some news from the year 1973.
The Miss Little Queen that year was Cathy Smith, the daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. John E. Smith.
Sherry Robinson, former Escambia County High School and Auburn University grad, was selected Miss Lee County in the Miss Alabama Contest in Birmingham. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Robinson, she took top honors in the talent contest.
A gala grand opening was held at The Adams Plaza Shopping Center in the fall of 1973. Piggly Wiggly, Revco Drug Store and TG&Y Family Center were the
main anchors in the center. Jack Lovely transferred from Oklahoma to manage
TG&Y. He remained with that company for a number of years until his retirement.
Computer training and the Internet were not available when I was in high school or college. In fact, it was “light years” away.
Twenty years ago, I was required to use a computer in my work. This created great concern for me as I simply did not know how to use the computer. With the helpful training of a 16 year old young man at $25 an hour for a few sessions, I soon felt the positive results of his “crash course” efforts. I found
myself becoming more comfortable in this new endeavor each time I turned the computer on.
In high school, I learned to type on the old Royal manual typewriter. In fact, prior to the introduction of the computer, news reporters and editors used these old typewriters to type up their news stories. The “type setter” would then take the reporter’s typed copy and set it up for print. It really wasn’t until the 80’s that the new computer method was put into operation.
But getting back to the Internet, I am now convinced it is one of the most important “inventions” of our time. There are countless things it offers.
For instance, I can print my own stamps without having to go to the post office to buy them. I wonder what “C” Williams, our postmaster here for many years, would think of this if he were living now. He never hesitated to talk to me about sports or his golf game when I went into the post office to get stamps. Some say he could hit a golf ball swinging from the left side as well as the right side.
I can even print out coupons for my wife to use on her shopping sprees. I can develop, receive and email photos.
Another thing the Internet provides is sports. I can sit at my computer and watch major league baseball and college football just like watching TV.
Online college courses are one of the newest features on the Internet.
Some colleges make available all the necessary courses needed for a full bachelor’s of science degree. Can you imagine the money saved by staying at home and attending college on the Internet?
This feature has blossomed probably more than any Internet program.
Major companies today are paying the fees for key employees, especially those without college training, to take online courses. These companies realize their employees will become more valuable to them. Only a few weeks ago, I read where online high school courses are becoming available.
In fact, I would like to create my own self expression website to help those who do not understand simple parts of speech and sentences, sentencing diagramming and basic roots of English, including nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, etc. So many graduates go into the world today without the knowledge of these basic skills.
Online banking, paying bills, watching movies and listening to music are other features offered by the Internet.
This week’s valued Facebook posters are Phil Wilson and Joyce Brown.
Next week, we will have more from days gone by.
“yes……it always whispers to me……..those days of long ago…….”

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