Saturday, August 13, 2011

The effect of time.

As hard as it was to leave our family and friends in PA. The one thing that really stands out is the difference a few years makes. Ok, a lot of years. LOL

Had we done this 150 years ago in 1861:
The country was just entering the civil war. Most of the folks we would have left behind would have played some part in that war.
We would have been traveling by wagon as there was no rail service anywhere near. Maybe by steam boat part of the way. It would have taken us 4-6 months to get here.
We would have left our family and friends never expecting to see any of them again.
Any communication would have been by mail and very slow. We would not have had even pictures of our grandkids.

100 years ago would have been a little better but not a lot. We could have taken a train to get here in about 2 weeks.
Rail travel would have made it possible to be able to travel back to see our family once in a while.
Communication would have been by telegram so we would at least have known about the birth of a grand child before they could walk. Mail was a little more reliable and we would have had some pictures of our family

50 years ago we would have traveled by car. Not a lot of hotels or campgrounds and it would have taken about a week or more to make the trip.
Traveling back to see family would have been possible and mailing pictures and information would have been common place. We may have even been able to talk to our families on the phone.

Now it took us 4 days to get here and that was a lot of stopping and visiting on the way.
We can fly back to see our family in about 12 hours.
We can e-mail pictures in a few seconds, text each other and send a video text to see our family. We can talk to them anytime thanks to cell phones. I can instant message them online and if I ever get a webcam be able to talk to and see them instantly. I can post on here and keep everybody that we know up to date on what is happening.

What a difference a few years make.

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