Sometimes, I find myself watching old fashioned films, and sighing over what we have lost.
No longer do we have that grace of society, when girls were really girls, and men, well - were men. Not that I have anything against girls wanting to dress masculine, or boys getting in touch with their feminine side, I just sometimes wish I could step out in a proper dress for once, and not be looked at strangely.
No longer do we have debutante balls to celebrate the entering of a young lady into society, a few remain, cast into the shadows of Paris, and reserved for only the super rich - before they were far more commonplace, and while still only for the upper echelons of society, were certainly more accessible than these far off fairy tale dreams of today.
With this death of such events, it seems chivalry has also perished, I’m all for being an independent woman, but would it kill a guy to hold a door open once in a while? To bring flowers? Saying this, I’m pretty much set with men, not letting go of this one, but I see my friends constantly struggle with utter bastards, and I have to wonder what happened to dance cards, courting, and fathers permission.
So I say this - girls, wack on a frock, and lets go out dancing!Love from nostalgic-romantic x
Alex Kisilevich is an award-winning photographer from Toronto, Canada. He was recently named a MFA Candidate for Visual Arts at New York University. His interesting series On the Surface gives us a look into the future as well as the past. Each subject’s reflection is a vision of adolescence or maturity. In somewhat subtle ways, Kisilevich does an excellent job contrasting young and old. See more.
Older adults may find it harder to chat on a cellphone while trying to cross the street than college students do.
The finding came from lab tests in the U.S., where volunteers crossed a stimulated street under one of three conditions: undistracted, while listening to music or while talking on a hands-free cellphone.
Those aged 59 to 81 had much more difficulty crossing while distracted, particularly when on a cellphone, compared with people aged 18 to 26, researchers found.
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JOAN SEABROOK felt “absolute devastation” when she first found out that her 68-year-old mother and 69-year-old father had died by suicide.
“It was a suicide pact,” Seabrook, who lives in London, Ont., said in a recent interview. She still remembers the moment 20 years ago when her sister called to pass on the shocking news about their parents’ deaths from police in Victoria, B.C.
“They weren’t ill, they had no medical issues,” she added. “They lived in British Columbia and everybody else in the family lived in other cities.”
But Seabrook, who was a 41-year-old school principal at the time, says there were probably hints that something wasn’t right which the family didn’t pay attention to.
“When I look back I think there were some signs that my dad was getting disconnected from the joy of life, (like) not doing his gardening which he was always doing,” she said.
Seabrook won’t talk about how her mother and father took their own lives, but says it had been carefully planned in advance.
“They had it well organized and felt that it was something that they were comfortable doing … that it was their choice and that they had lived a good life and they were ready to leave,” she recalled.
Her parents left a note behind, but Seabrook did not want to share its contents, except to say that they mentioned they were very proud of all their family.
“They were very organized in terms of letting us know, very thoughtful, very caring,” she added.
Seabrook, who is currently vice-president of the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, has some advice for families of elderly parents: Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
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Some people may think that grandparents are boring and old and just ramble on about “their days”. But honestly, I think they have so much to say and so much more insight on things than we think. They’ve probably been through the worst, the new beginnings, the change, etc. I’d love one day to just sit with my grandma or any grandparent for that matter, and just talk. Talk about their perspective on different things, their experiences, the “old” days, their life. I just find them so interesting because they really do have a lot more to offer than we think. If it was my choice I’d want to live back in the day and experience what they experienced, feel what they felt, hear what they heard, smoked what they smoked, saw what they saw. They went through all that change and transformation from one modern thing to the next. Old people fascinate me!