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Whoa, ah, mercy mercy me, oh issues ain’t what they use to be, the place did all of the blue skies go? Poison is the wind that blows from the north and south and east. Whoa mercy, mercy me, oil wasted on the oceans and upon our seas, fish filled with mercury. Ah, oh mercy, mercy me, ah issues ain’t what they was, no no, radiation beneath floor and within the sky. Animals and birds who reside close by are dying. What about this overcrowded land. How far more abuse from man can she stand?

The above music was recorded within the 1960’s. That is 50 some years in the past, but it surely was proper on.

I began out in life in a comparatively giant metropolis, however moved to a really small city (inhabitants 3,500) to spend my college years. I nonetheless reside right here, nonetheless I’ve some expertise with each. I’ve some excellent experiences and fond recollections of my small city days.

They’re far sufficient again that I do not keep in mind all of them, nonetheless, as youngsters we have been completely “free vary” then, and so we might play and wander all over the place in our small city. It was a really protected place, and good for lots of the experiential studying that’s so necessary for younger folks.

We had and nonetheless have excellent colleges, far more than satisfactory, there have been some very vivid folks of all ages right here and the alternatives for enrichment exterior of faculty just isn’t restricted by the scale of the neighborhood. I joined the band in center college with my solely single classes coming from what my mom and grandmother taught me.

That would not have occurred within the massive metropolis, and participation within the college band would have been out of the query as others would have been far more ready and proficient than I used to be. So the small city setting was higher fitted to myself and plenty of others. We have been lucky to have the ability to make the ball groups with out being reduce. Within the massive metropolis you did not even get a check out until you had seen expertise.

The competitors is so much more durable in massive metropolis colleges and you actually need to step it up in highschool within the metropolis if you are going to do properly. The one who is likely to be the valedictorian in a small highschool might very properly discover themselves far again within the class rankings in a giant metropolis college.

In fact, today small cities usually are not what they use to be. Though they’re nonetheless a lot safer than the large cities. Free vary is now a distant reminiscence. You may’t simply flip your youngsters unfastened on the streets and count on every little thing to be superb and dandy. There may be way more hazard on the streets than meets the attention.

Whereas nowadays we’re uncertain what the rest of 2020 will carry, we are able to look again at what it as soon as was. Taking part in pickup ball on the playground, video games like conceal and search, kickball, simply working the streets and hanging out. These have been all regular aspects of our lives, each small city was like that. We did not fear about our ingesting water; after we wanted a drink we might open the skin faucet and get a drink. Most households solely had one automobile so site visitors was not a giant downside. That is why youngsters might safely play within the streets.

Summer season was a giant deal. Three months away from college, a time to calm down, go swimming, fishing, play ball, take household holidays, hang around late into the evening. And simply benefit from the free time with no fears. It was a time we will by no means see once more.

Issues actually aren’t what they use to be! Children nonetheless wish to have enjoyable, nonetheless the concern of every little thing has modified us perpetually. We’re watching with our very personal eyes a free nation shortly turning into a police state the place our lives are managed by the considering of others.

I’m not speaking about what’s taking place with the corona-virus alone. I’m speaking about manipulation of our minds and the way in which we expect in relation to freedom.

I’ve by no means witnessed something like this, and for that purpose I actually do not know tips on how to react. We’re being informed what we are able to do and when and the way we are able to do it. We’re restricted to the place we are able to go and what we are able to enable our family members to do, particularly our youngsters. I’m upset that for the primary time in my life, college was canceled. Highschool sports activities have been canceled. Larger training got here to a halt and professional and collegiate sports activities stopped useless of their tracks.

I do not like staying at residence; I like consuming out in eating places, I like occurring trip, I like visiting pals and family, I like taking lengthy rides, I like going purchasing, I like staying in good accommodations and cabins in locations like Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge. I really like going to work and interacting with co-workers and different folks.

Nonetheless, these items simply do not appear as necessary as they use to. I wish to keep protected, to social distance, to restrict publicity to others and to guard myself and household as a lot as attainable from the virus and an infection. It is the brand new lifestyle. How lengthy it’s going to final we do not know, however for now we simply take every day separately and thank the Lord.

Oh no, mercy mercy me, issues ain’t what they use to be–! the place did all of the blue skies go? Poison is the wind that blows from the north and south and east.

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