A Happy Holidays column

Many of you have heard me complain about November. I hate it. It starts with the time change and
goes down from there. There is Remembrance Day and some sad anniversaries and as a bonus this year: the US election!

Of course if there is to be a Happy Holidays column, it gets produced in November, right?

As I sat down to write…something, I opened an e-mail from Jan McMillan who loves to pass on good humour she finds. I especially loved this piece, for I could hear my father saying pretty much every one of those things in my childhood.

And as I thought about the kinds of comments I hear on radio and in the newspapers I realized that
things really don’t change that much, especially in the complaints department.

We have all survived the 61 years since these were the current concerns. As a society, I still think we have improved in so many humane ways. There’s a lot to do, but room for hope. So if you are in a Novemberish mood this year and not quite ready for ‘festive’, then I hope you can at least enjoy a laugh.

Comments made in the year 1955!

‘I’ll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they are, it’s
going to be impossible to buy a week’s groceries for $20.00.’

‘Have you seen the new cars coming out next year? It won’t be long
before $2,000.00 will only buy a used one.’

‘If cigarettes keep going up in price, I’m going to quit. A quarter a pack is ridiculous.’
‘Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging a dime just to mail a letter?’

‘If they raise the minimum wage to $1.00, nobody will be able to hire outside help at the store.’
‘When I first started driving, who would have thought gas would someday cost 29 cents a gallon… Guess we’d be better off leaving the car in the garage.’

‘I’m afraid to send my kids to the movies anymore… ever since they let Clark Gable get by with saying DAMN in GONE WITH THE WIND, It seems every new movie has either HELL or DAMN in it..’

‘I never thought I’d see the day all our kitchen appliances would be electric. They are even making electric typewriters now.’

‘It’s too bad things are so tough nowadays. I see where a few married women are having to work to make ends meet.’

‘It won’t be long before young couples are going to have to hire someone to watch their kids so they can both work.’

‘I’m afraid the Volkswagen car is going to open the door to a whole lot of foreign business.’
‘Thank goodness I won’t live to see the day when the Government takes half our income in taxes. I sometimes wonder if we are electing the best people.’

‘There is no sense going to Lincoln or Omaha anymore for a weekend, it costs nearly $15.00 a night to stay in a hotel.’

See you in Church!