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Modern Families – Now vs Then

So, here I was trying to get hold of a writing prompt to inspire me and up comes this one! Note, this prompt is dated exactly a year ago. Weird huh!

Daily Prompt :- Modern Families

If one of your late ancestors were to come back from the dead and join you for dinner, what things about your family would this person find the most shocking?

Disclaimer: I value my family and the traditions, heritage that they all put stock into. It has definitely help shape who I am. To be read with a pinch of salt. Any sense of disrespect is definitely not intended.

 Let’s get started.

Curtains Open : Great Grandparents get down from a strangely shaped contraception called Time Turner. After exchanging pleasantries, my parents invite them into the house.

Shock #1: Is this your house or the servant quarters?

You see, long ago, my ancestors lived in huge houses that roughly covered an area equal to one floor of an apartment complex. Not to mention the lush green backyards, with elaborate gardens. The current living situation would definitely make them claustrophobic. If you still don’t believe me take a look at this –

Shock #2: Changes in Lifestyle

Right from my clothing to my education, my job, my marital status, my opinions would be a shock for my great grandparents. Don’t get me started on the scientific advancement. The shock would have more to do with the possibility of all these things and not the thing itself.

 

Shock #3: Advent of Nuclear Families

I think this would be the biggest shock of them all. Once upon a time, joint families were the norm. The house would be full of cousins, siblings, aunts & uncles. Everyday used to be a huge celebration of sorts. Today, none of us stay in the same place as our siblings, leave alone cousins. We talk to them once in a while and meet them rarely on family functions. Agreed, technology does help but it cannot bring back what once was. The family gap is widening folks.

Even after all these shocks, I think my great grandparents would still be extremely happy to have met their great grand kid, pamper me and of course bless us all before its time to go back.

So how do you think your ancestors would react?

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3 thoughts on “Modern Families – Now vs Then”

  1. Good thought.
    Yes, I grant those two shocks. But here are some more from the other bank of the river:
    # Girls going to college and leading at many fronts
    # Not having to wait for (sometimes losing in transit) 15+ days for that letter from a dear one
    # What is that tiny thing in your hands, that seems to hold all answers – and you are communicating with 5 different people from 5 different continents?
    # Not have to wait in pain for a doctor from the next village
    # Polio is gone forever?
    # So, I don’t have to make that 45 days’ arduous journey for my pilgrimage? I get “dropped” off in chopper?

    And it goes on … We have come so far, that the content of the very communication would be puzzling for them. I assure you that they will feel proud at their younglings’ living conditions – I believe, lifestyle is what we chose it to be – joint family excluded 😉

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