When driving in the rain, in the olden days, if a person saw someone walking, they would offer them a lift, at least to the end of the road, and the
other person would accept gratefully. Many times, the simplest way to reach a place was by "hitchhiking" - walking in the direction of the destination, with the thumb raised to indicate
the need for a "lift".
On 1st May each year, May Day has for many years been, and is still celebrated in towns, schools and churches. It celebrates the end of winter in the northern hemisphere. A wooden pole about 3m tall is erected
in an open area, and cloth ribbons of various colours dangled to the ground from the top of it. Children (and sometimes adults) each take hold of a ribbon and skip around the pole,
singing the Maypole song. Alternate children go in opposite directions, weaving in and out. The ribbons form a pattern around the pole.
Foo was here
There was a very popular graffiti figure that stayed around for many years. It showed a half-face, usually looking over a fence, and was drawn on trains, fences -
anywhere where there was a blank space, really! It was usually done in chalk, and disappeared in time, and was quite harmless.
The right to defend
If a burglar broke into your home in the dead of night, a person had a right to do whatever it took to defend their family and their property. If the intruder was hurt as a result,
that was regarded as a result of their actions. If caught they would face the court and be punished appropriately.
As a kid, it was a source of embarrassment to be seen to be friendly to someone of the opposite gender. Claims that you had been seen holding hands, or worse, kissing, were vehemently denied.
These days it's not only condoned by kids and adults alike, but encouraged, no matter what age the kids.
Years ago, in a management course, I was taught that "Authority and responsibility must be co-terminous, co-equal and defined". This rule appears to be in question now.
If a child was riding their bike on the footpath and an adult said "you should be riding on the road; you may run into somebody", they would blush sheepishly, maybe say "sorry",
and move to the edge of the road.
If a person was walking though a park and tripped over a fallen branch, they'd say something like, "Ouch! I'd better watch where I'm going or I'll hurt myself."
Do you think we've improved our social life over the years, or have we gone backwards? Give your view here.