When I was a kid there was a store called Gibson’s and it was “big” to us. Right near the front they had a booth selling popcorn and slurpee’s, no joke. The store had some of everything.
I remember their old fashion newspaper ads, all the products hand drawn (or seemigly).
Good points. Things have changed for the worse from yesteryear.
There never was some golden era where everything was perfect. You live in fantasyland as much as the liberals do.
We rode dutifully in the shopping cart or strolling behind close in tow. I remember being big enough to steer the cart and being entrusted to do so at the commissary.(The rear wheel steering could have led me to a career as a forklift operator)
At the end of the ordeal was a chance at some candy or some small toy if we had behaved. I never expected or demanded more.
I yelled at her, and she just glared back at me with a blank look on her face. Guess that's why they still have typhus and every other thing killing them off in the 3rd world. Now our government brings them here for us to pay for.
Well written and well thought.
Yeah bee ess, my 50 year old farmboy friend from Burr Oak KS told me that his mom left him with his brothers in the car at the grocery store and by the time she came out, they had destroyed the whole interior of the car, ripping fabric, pulling out stuffing and knobs. When she walked out of the store with the bags, she dropped them, got in the car and drove them all home. I said what did your dad do? He said he thought it was funny, went and traded in the car.
So don’t give me this well behaved line of caca.
I agree with many of the perceptions in your post.Our culture has become more sanguine, tolerant of bad manners. There must have been some breaking point when scores of yound parents decided they would no longer teach social graces and diplomacy. Was it Bill Clinton and Ms. Lewsinski?
Maybe there was a popular song, back when most the country heard the same top ten music, or a TV show or maybe a new way of dressing in public (pant’s on the ground, anyone?) .Could the erosion of civility have really been due to people like Madonna and rap music, or do these ‘artists just act as reflections of their public zeitgeist’, give the people what they financially support the most.
Hopefully, there will be a pendulum swing going back to more conservative restraint. One can still hope.
I’m fond of asking badly behaving unattended children (or just undisciplined children), “Do you have parents?”
That usually gets their mommy or daddy interested (almost always mommy). I get a few FU’s, but I don’t really give a crap.
Oh, man...so you have noticed it, too!
I went shopping for one of my nieces at a Toys-R-Us that is located in a neighborhood outside of DC that celebrates its ethnic diversity. There were groups of “adults” standing at the ends of the aisles talking, while their kids were riding the bikes through the store and opening the packages to play with the toys. One of the workers told me that these families come every Saturday and Sunday. They get together for a gabfest while the kids run amok in the store. She said they never bought anything - they just hung out for a couple hours and then took the kids and headed home. I did notice that there were many customers in the store, but very few at the checkout lines. Also, it was difficult to find a boxed toy that wasn’t damaged or shopworn.
I don’t know if that Toys-R-Us is still in business. I can’t imagine that running a free Chuck E. Cheese is a business model that spells success.
In store looting.
It is the parents’ faults, they are all too interested in getting over, having daily sex, dressing like a “star” as you can tell by all the people teetering around on those incredibly stupid looking platform heels, sticking it to the man and other stupid, ridiculous motivations, rather than following the straight and narrow pathway of God. No wonder the kids are livid.
Not always but often my mother would let me pick out a Little Golden Book that were displayed on a rack near the check out overtime I collected quite a few wish I still had them.
But on this particular trip, I spied a toy I wanted and this grocery store did have a small toy section in one aisle and as you said, Chinese toys" little puzzles, backscratchers - junk, mostly, but there was something I very much wanted although I cant now for the life of me remember what it was. Anyway, when I was told no, I threw a royal temper tantrum at the checkout. And that didnt go so well with my dad.
I dont recall my father spanking but maybe once or twice, but knew it was always a possibility if I really misbehaved. My temper tantrum didnt last very long as all it took was a stern look from my dad and being told to knock it off or there would be a spanking when I got home. As it was, I did get sent to my room, told that there would be no more Little Golden Books or any other toys or desert or treats of any kind or TV for that matter until I understood why what I did was wrong, how my actions had consequences and after being banished to my room until dinner, had to apologize to my mother and on our next trip to that grocery store, had to apologize to the cashier who had witnessed my temper tantrum the previous week.
But even as a little kid, I understood it was wrong to open a package without paying for it first that that was theft. And my parents would have never allowed such behavior and I understood this without having to be explicitly told so mostly because they didnt behave that way themselves.