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I must admit that life sure has changed since I was a little boy.

When I was a kid, we had one 13-inch black and white television with three channels. We had no remote so changing channels required you to have to actually get out of your chair to do so. Needless to say, there weren’t a lot of channels to choose from so changing channels wasn’t quite the sport it is today.

I also must admit that I sort of miss the old days of black and white television. I still remember the day the “Andy Griffith Show” changed from black and white to color. I didn’t know what to think, but I did not like the change. As a matter of fact, I still find it less entertaining watching the color versions of the show.

I can even remember how excited I was to get our fourth channel. It seemed like such an event back then. Now we have lots and lots of channels and can’t seem to find anything to watch. Thank goodness we still have our favorite reruns airing. They just don’t make television like they used to.

Another thing that has changed is how, where, when and with whom we eat dinner. When I was a kid, we ate dinner at the dinner table, we ate breakfast at the dinner table. As a matter of fact, we ate all of our meals except popcorn, which took about 20 minutes to pop/cook in a skillet, with grease over the stove and ice cream at the dinner table with the entire family on hand.

When we finished we all helped clean up. Sort of a tag team approach. These were Mom’s rules, so if we wanted to eat a good meal and not one that Dad prepared, we stuck to the rules. Oh, how things have changed. We now eat breakfast, lunch and even dinner in our cars most of the time. At times we have breakfast, lunch and even dinner at our desk.

What’s changed for most of us is that our dinner table has moved to some degree from our homes to sit down restaurants, and that’s OK. We’re all busy and our lifestyles have changed. So, when some state that families don’t share dinner time at the dinner table together anymore, I tend to disagree. It’s true, our dinner routine has changed, however, when our families eat together at a sit down restaurant, we still share the same conversation, love, fellowship and good times as we did when I was a kid at the dinner table. A table and dinner is what you make of it.

And last, but certainly not least is our methods of communication.

When I was a kid you had three ways to communicate. You could make a phone call on a land line only, you could write a letter or you could verbally communicate. Now we have land lines. cell phones, Twitter, blogs, e-mail and so on. We still communicate verbally, but the days of actually writing a letter have drastically slowed and changed.

The moral of the story is that I wish I could change some things back to the way they used to be and I am glad that some things changed. For example, I don’t mind two-minute popcorn, indoor plumbing, water that doesn’t smell and taste like sulfur, multiple channels and the internet. But I sure do miss Walter Cronkite for my news, black and white episodes of Andy Griffith for my entertainment, my Mom’s cooking and just relaxing on the front porch without a care in the world.

Please take time to reminisce, unwind, spend time with family and friends and enjoy life to the very fullest. Memories are great; we must continue to make more fond ones.

Kenny Martin is the City Manager/Economic Development for the City of Mt. Juliet.

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