We marvel at today's electronic and digital technologies and the myriad of conveniences we enjoy, so let me take you back to the days of the greatest generation.
A time when one marvel after another came to be.
Remember, this generation is now in their 90s and they too experienced the wonders of those days.
Telephones that you cranked, advancing to a rotary dial to push buttons to touch screen, and from silent movies to talkies, from black and white to Technicolor, from ice boxes to a refrigerator and then a freezer, from a crystal radio set to dial a station to record players.
A television with a seven-inch screen in black and white. Let's not forget the automobile with a button on the floor to crank the engine and hand shift to automatic transmission and, oh yes, the DC3 airplane that could carry as many as 23 passengers.
But why stop there. Only if you lived in a city that you had sewers, flushing toilets, washing machines for clothing, and all that we take for granted in today's society.
But we did not know any better, we were happy, we treasured family and friends and a sense of community where we lived.
I do not want you to feel bad so I will not tell you what we paid for a loaf of bread or a gallon of gas or 17 cents for a pack of cigarettes. No, that is the past and so it was.
And this generation, too, will pass, not unlike the dinosaurs of ages ago. Who could wonder what the future will bring.