Life was simpler in the 1950s. Families ate three meals together. Breakfast was usually cereal, but not the sugary stuff they have today. Kids ate Wheaties and got to read all about the athletes and other people, on the box.
People did not eat between meals. They did not have pop, chips, cookies or candy in the house. If you did eat something close to mealtime your mother would invariably tell you, "Don't ruin your appetite." Kids had to be extra sneaky in order to raid the cookie jar.
Grocery shopping was done once a week. A whole shelf of the refrigerator in homes with children was taken up with half gallon milk containers and kids drank three glasses a day.
Parents drank tea at dinner and they would tell children who always asked for some, "No, you'll stunt your growth." But sometimes parents would relent and allow a sip or two.
People sat down for dinner when dad came home from work. Your brother would tip back in his chair, and this was a big no-no. You were not allowed put your elbows on the table, and you had to finish your vegetables, or you didn’t get dessert.
Life was truly simpler in the 1950s. People had one car, one house, and one dog. Jobs were plentiful and you usually worked at the same place for your whole adult life. Pollution was a fraction of what it is today and the countryside thanked us for it. There was less crime and it was not as prevalent. It did not seem to touch our live like it does today. The internet in the 1950s was newspapers and magazines.
Nowadays, you have a billion choices in what to buy, but customer service sucks, things break practically as you un-box them, and American jobs have disappeared. Medical advances can extend your life, but many people can’t afford them. Thank You notes are practically unheard of, and families rarely eat meals together. They’re out trying to lose weight, instead.
On the other hand, if people aren’t more contented, they should remember how hard it was to be ‘unconventional’, in any way, in the 1950s.