Peggy Goodrich

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Are you old-fashioned? Think about it.

Most of those my age or older don't even have to think about it. We are !

We may swear that we are not old-fashioned and behind the times, but then why do we roll our eyes at those platform shoes or bell-bottomed pants teenagers think are "all the rage?" Remember, we went through those wonderful fashions several years ago and thought we looked just pretty cute.

If we think we really are on top of things, go shopping with a teenager. Suddenly we feel old and out of step with the times, and no words need be said. The actions say it all -- the looks are a dead give-away. I have never seen so many tops that look like slips. I have never seen such revealing low-cut jeans that show much more than the belly buttons. The shoes are the most decent things kids wear. I know my grandma must have felt this same way when young girls showed their ankles and even their knees. I can only imagine how they would be in shock now.

I have shoes -- good shoes -- that are nearly 30 years old. Either they have come back in style or they never went out, but I can and do wear them. They were good, basic black alligator shoes that one just cannot part with our discard. If that makes me old- fashioned, then so be it! They are sturdy, feel good, cleanable and basic. So am I.

Clothes aren't the only obvious signs of antique ideas. Have you worked on a computer lately? That area really separates the mod from the odd. Although I took a class in computer use, I still feel inadequate when it comes to using all the features available on them. I feel so inferior and awkward trying all the areas to explore. If I hit a wrong key, there is no telling what I will get, and then I cannot remember how to get back to where I was. Kids push a key here and there and in a matter of seconds or less, have found just what they were searching for. It is a kind of miracle the way they do it with such ease. I am envious. Someday I am going to tackle the cameras that are compatible with computers to produce instant pictures. Someday ... when I am not so old-fashioned.

Old people are more adept at "ciphering" in their heads. I can figure something in my head almost as quickly as kids can get out their calculators and push in the numbers. I rarely use a spell check on anything I write. The old skills stay with us because we use them all the time. There are positive things to be said for the old (our way) and the new (their way). Some of the new ways are superior, while some of the old ways seem best and more lasting.

Something that is fairly new and much better is the easy-care clothing. I was raised in an era of ironing everything from underwear to tea towels to all our clothing and bedding. I can see how much better it is now to take clothes directly out of the dryer and put it back on the bed or fold the towels while they are warm. Even most clothing is almost ironed when taken out of the dryer, shaken and hung immediately. All they need is a quick pressing and they are ready to put on.

We spend less time doing laundry now than ever before and have many labor-saving devices in the kitchen, yet we seem to have less time for the real important things than our parents and grandparents did. They always had time to visit sick friends or have a cup or tea with a neighbor. Somewhere along the line, we have lost track of how to spend all that time we save.

Where does it go? Wasn't the old- fashioned way best? I always have wondered if my grandparents thought their relatives were a stick-in-the-mud because they wouldn't come west to settle down in this wonderful new country. Were they rebelling against the establishment even way back then?

Aren't you glad we now have frozen meals that require little cooking? Aren't freezers and microwave ovens a great advantage in our daily living? There seem to be more mixes and helpers on grocery store shelves than there are old staples. There was a time when we bought only bare necessities from the store -- things like sugar and baking powder and spices. Everything else was produced at home. The grocery bills were sure smaller back then. But there is something positive to be said for the convenient mixes available today. This cake is as quick as those made from a mix.



Fruit Cocktail Cake

2 cups flour

2 teaspoons soda

1 ? 4 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

Large can fruit cocktail

Mix all together and pour into a 13-by-9 inch pan. Bake 40 minutes at 350 degrees.



Frosting

1 stick butter

3 ? 4 cup sugar

5 1 ? 2 -ounce can evaporated milk

1 cup coconut

1 cup chopped nuts

1 ? 2 teaspoon vanilla

Mix butter, sugar and milk in saucepan and bring to a boil, boiling five minutes. Beat until cooled. Add other ingredients and pour and spread over warm cake.



Send your comments to: Peggy Goodrich, Food For Thought, P.O. Box 1192, Enid, OK 73702.



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