It’s almost cliché today to be called old-fashioned. It’s become a term used for people who aren’t hip, think the telephone should still be wired to the wall, wear clothes they purchased ten plus years ago, and who like to watch reruns of Lucy on TV.
The popular term today is progressive. It’s a highly politicised word that carries with it all kinds of meanings to all kinds of people. Why do we have to label each other anyway? What is this, middle school? We’ve become so polarized that we can’t appreciate the good things about each other anymore.
Well, I’m just fine with people thinking I’m old-fashioned and consider it a compliment. Being old-fashioned, by common definition, is one of the things the Mrs. and I share. We live in a 100+ year old home, have antiques in every room, and enjoy displaying nostalgic items where we can talk about them with our guests (much to their angst I’m sure).
I took the photo above just today. The Mrs. recently decided to rearrange things a bit and get creative with the buffet in the front foyer of the house. At first, I was wondering what she was up to with that old typewriter siting there (I tried not to ask as to avoid getting in trouble). But, now I’m good with it as she has a way of tying everything together and making it look special.
In a way, that typewriter speaks volumes as a reminder of where we are today. Looking back to high school, I can firmly say one of the most important classes I took was typing. I took both Typing I and Typing II. We used those old IBM electric typewriters and, man, it was loud!
My career, and even this blog, depend on my being able to have muscle memory of ‘home row’ and the ability to type at least 70-80 words a minute. Today’s kids probably don’t even have the class offered and learn to type by punching the keys as they go. So, in that regard, being old fashioned, for me, is a good thing.
I decided to look up the term old-fashioned on Google and found a site that lists eleven traits that show you’re old-fashioned. I’m probably 90% of these and thought they define what I see as old-fashioned perfectly. Here's the link: Eleven Signs You Are Old Fashioned
You have good manners
You always show respect
You know newer doesn’t always mean better
You work hard
You prefer to do things with your own two hands
Family is important to you
You don’t like relying on technology
You value old-fashioned romance
You are more self-sufficient than others
You value face-to-face conversations
You enjoy simplicity
If these are what old-fashioned is, then I’m all-in baby!... These are values we want to instill in our children and grandchildren. One of the most rewarding things I’ve had in my life is being a step-parent to the Mrs.’s kids. There were challenges over the past 18 years, especially during the teen years, but we’ve tried to instill as many of those old-fashioned values as we could.
One of the things I would do to ‘motivate’ them, was get them to watch the below video. It’s probably one my favorite Chris Farley SNL skits and still makes me laugh out loud today. The kids got to know this by heart and would hear me say from time-to-time, “you don’t want to end up in a VAN DOWN BY THE RIVER, do you?”
So, today, here’s to not being ashamed of those old-fashioned values and being who we are in spite of all the mud slinging going on in the world. People need that old-fashioned lifestyle more than ever, because, no one wants to end up living in a van down by the river…!