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January 16

“Grandpa”, I Wish Those Good Ol’ Days Were Never Gone

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Things are changing in haste. The way things used to work in the past is not the same as now. New systems of doing things have been made known to the society.

Others have been of assistance to us in a way or another while some have relapsed our influence on the society. The way we consolidate things is different from how our old generation used to sort out and live frantically in their society.

Relationships, cultures, traditions, and lifestyles have changed manically that we almost cannot see a glimpse of the humble and wholesome living they say they had before.

Together with the award-winning country duo, “The Judds”, let us ask “Grandpa” about those good old days.

Grandpa, did it really happen?

“Grandpa” is sometimes known as Tell me ’bout the good old days. It is a song about the decline and abandonment of traditional values, hectic lifestyle of the day and how progressivism isn’t positive.

Grandpa, everything is changing fast
We call it progress, but I just don’t know

The main refrain of the song reflects on the narrator as they express mournful doubt and discontent that past occurrences of traditional values really happened as implied by the line pattern, “Did… really…?”

Did lovers really fall in love to stay
And stand beside each other, come what may?
Was a promise really something people kept
Not just something they would say and then forget
Did families really bow their heads to pray
Did daddies really never go away?

The narrator then wishes she could experience those past times now instead of experiencing the traditional values having been abandoned for their negative opposites.  Such occurrence as :

  1. Marriages staying intact for a lifetime, instead of broken marriage vows and broken marriage covenants and rampant infidelity;
  2. Fathers maintaining their responsibilities to help raise children, instead of fatherless dysfunctional families with disobedient and disrespectful children that come from it;
  3. Families going to church and having humility, instead of worshiping the bling of the world; 
  4. Promises being kept, instead of a lack of personal integrity; and
  5. How right and wrong were clearly defined and obeyed, instead of being ignored in order to make other people feel better about themselves.

Oh, Granpa! I wish I was born during those good ol’ days!

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