it's a crazy world

wow.  I tell ya, life is totally insane.  I was reading an insert for the cover of an album of Simon and Garfunkel...(please tell me you've heard of them) and how they were a calming soundtrack to the troubled times of the 60's and early 70's.

Troubled times???  Okay, so I guess I was young, but I remember growing up in the 60's and 70's.  I grew up with Abba and rock and roll, back when it was recent, not golden oldies.  I remember wanting Nixon to be re-elected...and being heart broken when he messed up and resigned...  I remember Carter and the people lining up for gas.  I wasn't driving, so it didn't mean as much to me as others, but I remember it.  I also remember gas being .60 a gallon...but that's beside the point.

I'm sure there were many that experienced more of the troublesome times.  I know there was a lot going on with Vietnam and all that.

But I want to point out today.  I think today's youth have much more to deal with than I did.  I remember when my husband and I were engaged and we were commenting on something to my mom, and she said she had the same challenges when she was getting married.  Everyone has the same challenges, it's just a different generation.

Well, I hate to disagree with her (especially since she's passed on and can't rebut my statements, lol) but I think there is a definite challenge that the youth of today face.  It's much more than I ever dreamed of.  There is SO much more for them to process, for them to do, for them to decide on, than I ever thought would happen.

I mean, there was no such things as computers, cell phones, video games, etc.  We played games outside.  We had video arcades, but I never went there.  We had TV, and we watched cartoons on Saturday morning, and then American Bandstand when they ended with Dick Clark.  Porn was something we heard about existing, but it wasn't constantly in the face.  I don't remember ever seeing a commercial for tampons on the TV, or women's underwear.  Most bathing suits were one piece, the bikini was something that only the skinny girls and those who weren't LDS wore.  (oh well)  Movies would be in theaters for months at a time, and it was an event to go to them, not something that we did every week.  I remember watching the Wonderful World of Disney every Sunday.

Today's world is a whole different animal.  Not only are the youth of today thrust into the reality of porn every time they turn around, but they have access to the world at their fingertips.  The chaos that is our world of today is every day a new storm, devastation, war, killing, drowning, natural disaster, etc.  It makes me sad.

I have begun to pray for the return of our Lord and Savior.  I don't want my grandchildren to be raised in this world.  It's bad enough my own children have to struggle so hard.  I can't even imagine what it's going to be like in 10 to 15 years.

It's a blessing that at least we have the gospel and hope for a better future...

Keep smiling and keep your home strong.  Take care.

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