Sunday, October 12, 2008

Sunday Scribblings: A Different Time and Place

Sunday Scribblings this week asks contributors at which place in history we would like to have lived if we weren't living in the here and now. I have to say, it's not something I've ever given much thought to, once I left childhood behind. I do remember pining to live in the Wild West when I was a kid, specifically in the days of "Alias Smith and Jones." [Yes, I am that old.] Of course, at that age, I also very much wanted to be "Lost in Space" or a member of "Swiss Family Robinson." [Watch TV or movies too much?]

I was born in the early 1960's, far too young to have been a part of the peace movement or hippie culture or any of that. Oh, a bit filtered down to us, but really only the making of the peace sign as a way of greeting. The actual participation in all the turmoil was left to those at least 10 years older than me. And while a decade in age difference doesn't seem like that large of a gap when you're pushing 50, it's an entirely different way of life when you're pushing 8.

For the sake of this imagination exercise, I'm going to choose to be a young adult in 1968. Out of all the times in history to choose to live, how do I land there, at a time within my own life? [Too many episodes of "Quantum Leap," perhaps?]

Because I could have been a part of making a difference to the world: fighting for civil rights, fighting to end the Vietnam War, fighting to topple a corrupt president and fighting for a good position at Woodstock. The concept of civil rights filtered down, the music filtered down, the concept of protesting filtered down, and the peace sign filtered down, but I wanted a greater understanding and a greater part of it by the time I was 13. By then, it was nearly all "over."

Interestingly that I now find myself a middle-aged adult pondering those events when similar events swirl around me today.

11 comments:

D... said...

History is nothing but a cycle, huh?

There are several places I'd live to visit. '20s, '40s, '50s, '60s. Just to name a few. ;)

Tricia said...

I could join you in 1968. It's a fascinating time and the music was phenomenal. You're right, though, there's a tremendous amount to tackle her and now.

anthonynorth said...

In 1968 I was thirteen, and just beginning to feel the buzz, my guitar in hand. I took the vibes with me well into the 70s.
Great times.

keithsramblings said...

In 1964 I moved from my comfortable parents house in the countryside to start my adult life in a grotty bedsit in London. I supported all the good causes of the time - I can still see myself with long hair and a duffle coat sporting a CND badge! I grew up fast and I loved every second of it. That was when young people really felt they COULD make a difference - infact we WANTED to make a difference. Happy days.

Skyelarke said...

good point.

Tara R. said...

I think I would have liked to live during the pioneer days. I would welcome a simpler time.

susan said...

Ah, like minds. :-) Enjoyed your post.

tumblewords said...

I enjoyed your post! I think there may be time for fixing some of the same old things that didn't get fixed the first or second time around. Nice post!

JerseyGirl said...

How is that I we never discussed (or at least I don't remember...) that we both watched and wanted to be in Swiss Family Robinson and Lost in Space? Maybe some things do not require discussion. Great post. I love wandering and wondering about living in a different time and place. I definitely would have fit right in with the 60's culture. Maybe in my next life....

texasblu said...

How funny, I mentioned Pete Duel in my post - I adore him, even if he is gone - I was under a yr old when he died.

I find your closing remarks speak truth to me.

Stan Ski said...

Similarly clear/vague memories for me, born 1964.

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