There is a certain nostalgia for the "Good Old Days" when folk sat around the hearth of an evening discussing the events of the last week, the health of the cattle and who is related to whom. Fond memories were shared and a tinge of sadness might creep in for those who had gone abroad and from whom there was little news.
I'd not go back.
Here I am today (behind the camera) looking at a photograph of my Great Niece who has lost her first tooth. Thanks to the internet (and Facebook in particular) all her doting relatives (including her GrAuntE) can gaze in fresh wonder at this rite of passage; this significant step in her journey through life. Bless her (and her wee sister).
We are able to follow the journey of a loved one across the globe, chat to family and friends in all corners of the world and receive news from broadcasters in every country. The mobile phone, lying close by, enables me to keep in touch with numerous friends by voice or text.
What my grandmother would have given for regular news of her eldest son in Australia and her second son in New York...! And how my Mother would have enjoyed daily blogs and internet photographs during her years in Foster Green's. She at least was brought a photograph of her baby daughter every few months.
Our parents often recalled a time during the war when on a day's leave our Father arranged to meet Mother at a railway station in London. For hours they both waited at the entrance. And, when the time was almost gone realized that the station might just have two entrances! A mobile phone would have solved that confusion in a matter of minutes.
"The Good Old Days" may have much to commend them - and in their time they were undoubtedly good ... at least in part ... but I'm thinking that these aren't bad days! And maybe the next generation will look back with nostalgia to the early years of the twenty first century as another period of good days.
watch over those we love.
Remove all anxious fears from them.
Teach us to know that you are always near,
and that we are one in you for ever;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Book of Common Prayer.