Over What Are You Nostalgic?

Updated on September 09, 2012
R.H. asks from Fayetteville, AR
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I miss having neighborhood mom and pop stores, having friends who 'dropped by', and I miss the simplicity of home cooked holiday meals--now my extended family 'orders' turkeys...

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I love all of you for responding. I now know why an old stranger that I met told me to not get upset that my 80 year old dad was dating after my mama passed. He needed someone of his era to reminsce. You all did that for me today. As someone said here--the more 'connected' we are technologically, the less connected we are humanly, neighborly and as a society.

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answers from Portland on

Ah.... writing letters. I loved writing and receiving letters from friends. It was just something so special..the envelope, the letter or card. My MIL and I communicate this way, mostly, and we both get a kick out of it.

I am also a nut for a good, workhorse appliances and tools. The majority of my kitchen is pre-1960s gear (blender, toaster, old dishes, old glass citrus juicer and sugar bowls, etc.).

I miss the days before smart phones, email and social media. There was a lot more face-to-face interaction, which I think is better for us. The two big drawbacks to technology--for me, anyway-- is the huge and dangerous increase in distracted driving, and the anti-social side of this media: the online spitting matches or trying to solve problems via email which should warrant an in-person discussion. The more we are 'connected', it seems the less we truly "connect" with each other.

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answers from Phoenix on

I understand what you are saying. I miss my G.'s generation. Things were so different. Everything cooked homemade, more family trips and gatherings for holidays and every single birthday. The first year after my grandparents passed away, my mom ordered our Thanksgiving meal precooked from the grocery store. It was HORRIBLE! I hated it. Now I have Tgiving and xmas at my house and try to do the same as my G. did (can't quite live up to her, but try none the less.). I miss getting cards in the mail and handwritten letters. I miss having photo albums (I'm working on it) and everything being digital and on the computer, I hate that. I miss hearing the old stories and the "good old days", and now that I'm getting old (45 lol) my life stories don't seem as interesting and great as my prior generations did. lol Luckily, we recently joined a church that has a lot of seniors that attend and I plan on hanging out with some of them. I just love their generation and my family have all passed.

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answers from Grand Forks on

I miss the drive-in movie theatre. I remember my parents taking me when I was a kid, and I would bring my pillow and blankets and go to sleep. As a teen I remember loading all my friends into my little Toyota to go to the "all nighters" where they played four movies in a row, and it was like a big party. My husband and I always enjoyed the drive-in, and when the kids were born it was a great option to take the babies to the movies in the comfort of your own car. You could bring your own snacks, blankets, pillows, lawn chairs, and nursing the baby was easy. Sadly, the drive-in theatre near us closed down about five years ago. There are two other rural drive-ins in the province, but they will be closing soon due to changes in film format.
I still do home cooked holiday meals. I buy turkey on sale for 99 cents a lb. I'm far too frugal to order a cooked turkey!!!

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answers from Seattle on

I played outside on my own ALL THE TIME. Riding my bike, climbing trees, rollerskating....
I wish that I could let my kids do the same.

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answers from Savannah on

Me? Seems like every dang thing these days. I might be hitting some sort of midlife crisis, since EVERYTHING makes me feel nostalgic lately. (I checked, I'm not pregnant, lol).

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answers from Honolulu on

The other day, me and my Husband were watching a cowboy movie on Netflix, with Henry Fonda in it, and about another cowboy gunslinger named "Nobody" and the movie is called "My Name Is Nobody."

Anyway, growing up, I remember watching that same movie with my Dad. We kids watched cowboy movies ALL the time growing up, and I remember fondly, watching it with my Dad. My late Dad loved cowboy movies! It was a childhood thing you take for granted.

But going back to my first paragraph: anyway, so my own kids, have NEVER seen a "cowboy" movie before! Kids nowadays, do not even know, that genre of movies.
Anyway, my kids really enjoyed watching that cowboy movie. It was real fun watching it all together.

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answers from Fort Myers on

This may sound super depressing but honestly, I am nostalgic for the 80's and 90's....the time when I was growing up and the economy wasn't in crisis, things were OK for the middle class, people weren't worried about would their kids even be able to get real jobs after college, etc. etc. And lots of moms could stay home without worrying it would ruin their careers FOREVER b/c of lack of opportunities...
a time when there was a lot less uncertainty....

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answers from New London on

I miss writing letters. I used to love to have free time.

I miss the clear mind I used to have. I never worried about the economy, the quality of our food/ factory farming, genetic engineering of soy and corn, cell phone towers, trying to find items made in the USA, the lack of quality family tv shows w/ morals and values, non-texting/talkers while driving, puppy mills, weather change/global warming, and so on....

I miss the 80s and 90s !!!!

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answers from New York on

I am nostalgic about everything! Childhood especially. I miss the days of going out 'til the street lights came on and I had to be home. I miss the simplicity of everything. Playing stickball, riding my bike, going to the rollerskating rink with my girlfriends, Sundays with my entire family at the park, beach or amusement park. Writing letters not e-mails, reading a book, not a nook. Nowadays everything is so technical. Technology is wonderful, but not when your kids are playing indoors and doing everything with a remote or keyboard. It saddens me that they will never know the happy simplicity I grew up with.

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answers from St. Louis on

Some of the answers make me sad. My kids still roam the neighborhood, I still sit out front talking to my neighbors. My kids still have pretty much everything I had as a child sans a crazy mom.

Maybe that is the luxury of living in the midwest.

Sure things could happen but they rarely do so why live in fear.

We spent the day on the bike trails that are about a mile from my house. I plan on teaching my kids the safe path to their dad's house now that he has moved.

About the only thing I can say I am nostalgic for is my G. but a 105 is a good life. :)

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answers from San Diego on

Oh boy do I miss the 60's and 70's. I agree with Kristen C. about all she wrote but wanted to add that the vibe of people was different too. People seemed to have time for each other and were more forgiving (at least where I grew up) about life's circumstances. I also miss the music of the 60's and 70's as well as the 80's and early 90's. Somehow the music of today just doesn't do it for me (with few exceptions). Playing outside with friends on my street, something I wish for my son.

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