May 13, 2019

Mark sent the following observations about eating in the fifties. While I grew up in the sixties, it was the same for me. This brought back a lot of memories. I hope it does the same for you.


“Pasta had not been invented. It was macaroni or spaghetti.

Curry was a surname.

Taco? Never saw one till I was 15.

All chips were plain.

Oil was for lubricating, fat was for cooking.

Tea was made in a teapot using tea leaves and never green.

Cubed sugar was regarded as posh.

Chickens didn’t have fingers in those days.

None of us had ever heard of yogurt.

Healthy food consisted of anything edible!

Cooking outside was called camping.

Seaweed was not a recognized food.

‘Kebab’ was not even a word, never mind a food.

Sugar enjoyed a good press in those days, and was regarded as being white gold.

Prunes were medicinal and stewed.

Surprisingly Muesli was readily available. It was called cattle feed.

Pineapples came in chunks or were round with a hole in the middle, in a tin; we had only seen a picture of a real one.

Water came out of the tap. If someone had suggested bottling it and charging more than gasoline for it, they would have become a laughing stock.

There were three things that we never ever had on/at our table in the fifties .. elbows, hats and cell phones!

……and there was always two choices for each meal…”Take it” or “Leave it”.

There is no doubt that times have certainly changed. I grew up before our lives were dominated by cell phones, computers, microwave ovens, Facebook, Microsoft, people calling Kale food, a politically correct culture, warm yoga, and our country’s ever-changing societal norms. While life was not easier, it was simpler.

So if you are old like I am and wondering if there is anything that stays the same, there is. God and his love for you will never change. God will always be there for you. No matter what you have done, no matter what others think about you or what you think about yourself, God will never abandon you. And whatever challenges you face, God will always face them with you.

This is what the author of Hebrews meant by saying, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)

God doesn’t change. Remembering that, you can face whatever this unpredictable life throws your way. God will walk you through it.

Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, thank you for being a continual presence in my life. Help me to always trust and rely upon you. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Hang on to your bell bottoms, skinny jeans, and culottes because they will come back in style. It’s just a matter of time. Also, if you ever see me wearing bell bottoms, skinny jeans, or culottes, have me committed.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins