I love this feature and I’m so happy we’re continuing it with my Mister’s Grandma Devota! It’s a common thing to hear older people say “back in my day” or maybe no one really says that in normal conversation anymore and we all use it as a joke. Either way I was wondering what does ‘my day’ really mean? When I’m sitting around with my grandchildren and I say “Back in my day,” which day exactly will I be referring to? Is it now? Is today my day? I think it is different for everyone and so I thought it would be nice to capture a glimpse of ‘days’ that aren’t mine, generations never experienced, and lives not lived.
Name: Devota Rose Bledsoe Chambers
From: Kansas City, MO
What would you consider to be ‘your day’?
Back in the day, life was much simpler than today. You could go anywhere you want on a cheap tank of gas. I also could as a young girl, ride my bike to the theater and see a movie without me or my parents worrying that someone “evil” would kidnap me. I also could go on the streetcar by myself an even ride a train to Illinois without either of my parents to stay with my Aunt and Cousin. Unlike today’s fast past society, we listened to the radio, had no TV, played games, danced, sang, went to church, and enjoyed a lot of family activities Life moved a lot slower than it does today.
What was your favorite outfit to wear?
My favorite outfit was a long skirt, fluffy blouse and saddle oxfords. I loved those shoes!
What was going on socially during this time?
My social activities included bike riding, roller and ice skating, and going to the local dinner with my Dad for a roast beef sandwich and Buttermilk. These are still my favorite memories and to this day, I still love Buttermilk!
What special events stand out in your mind?
Special Events that we did was the soap box derby, Starlight Theatre, and I was on a float with my 4 best girlfriends.
What is the biggest difference you see between then and now?
The biggest difference between then and now is that you were not scared to do things. You have to be more cautious and bad things happen more. It’s not safe to go to school, leave your kids alone and there are less family get togethers.
What were your hopes for the future?
My hopes for the future was to be in love, getting married, having a family, and taking care of my Mom, Dad and Brother since I loved them so much.
Is there that one thing you wish you would have done differently?
The one thing I wished I had done differently would have been to finish high school and wait on marriage.
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