While Solomon urged us not to wish for the “good old days,” experiences in memory and life sometimes arouse us to “remember when.”
Turner Classic Movies had a program based on old movies about Dawson, Alaska, before and during the Alaskan Gold Rush. The films had been preserved in permafrost. They showed life in Dawson 1897 to the middle 1920’s.
So there Judy and I were, on September 9, 2018, sitting in our Oceanside living room watching films about Dawson Canada from 1897-1920’s. The irony struck me. People in Dawson packed theaters in the early 1900’s to see what was happening in the outside world. And we in the outside world were fascinated by what was happening in Dawson in the last decade of the 19th and early decades of the 20th century.
Or consider: in the manner of many others, we visited New Salem State Park when living in Illinois. There we saw how simply Abraham Lincoln lived as a young man. The writer may be mistaken, but it seems the movie Young Mr. Lincoln had him re-visiting New Salem from Springfield after it had been abandoned and broken.
In many ways the “good old days” keep recurring. And nothing in our determination to “forget the past and focus on the future” will ever eliminate those recurrences. –End Part II-