Geri wondered if people might be interested in what the world was like before Covid-19 or maybe after!!
When I hear older folks reminisce
They often use a particular phrase.
No matter how good their current lot is,
It’s never “Like the good old days.”
Whilst it’s true many things have changed;
There’s been progress since my childhood.
But, I just cannot believe all that is claimed;
So, I ask “Were times really that good?”
There were no computers, no wi-fi nor mobile phones.
No fridge-freezers, no dishwashers nor washing machines.
In fact, there was no electricity in very many homes
And elbow grease was used to make everything gleam.
There was very limited birth control.
Hence, family numbers were outsized.
On national resources there was a heavy toll:
Later, a benefit system was devised.
No loo paper, no detergent, no penicillin.
The NHS wasn’t created until nineteen forty-eight.
Abortion or homosexual? You were deemed a villain!
Nylon and man-made fabrics would have to wait.
In 1936 the law decreed “Holidays with Pay.”
But as wages were a shilling an hour on average
No need for jet aircraft to fly folks away.
And we’d only just won women’s suffrage.
These things are all on the downside.
So what did Mum wish would leave her?
Try diphtheria, measles and typhoid,
TB, whooping cough and scarlet fever.
People lived in an over-crowded state
With access to very poor sanitation.
Life expectancy for men? Fifty eight!
And it was only sixty -three for women!
Unemployment was twenty five percent plus,
And rent was at least one day’s wages.
Most people smoked, drank and cussed,
Six Bank Holidays! It was like that for ages.
Whilst there were radios in most homes
An accumulator was used to power it.
Horse drawn carts, the streets did roam
We were up to our ankles in horse shit!
These are the two faces of the same coin,
And so it will be unto infinity.
But mark you well this phrase I enjoin,
“Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be.”