Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt.
From the Greek root arkhe, beginning, this word has come to mean very old or old-fashioned.
Younger folks today, for example, often think that the music I love is archaic. Maybe, but at least it has a melody consisting of more than four or five notes repeated endlessly until the song is finally over. I’ll take archaic to what passes for some types of music today. Here’s one example of what I mean:
If you’re a fan, then enjoy yourself. If you’re bored after the first 60 seconds, feel free to move right along. You are not required to listen to the whole thing. You’re welcome.
There are some things, of course, that truly are archaic–and that I’m thankful have passed off the scene. High-button shoes. Bustles. Foot-binding. Hoop skirts. Corsets. Layers and layers of petticoats. That list is endless.
I’m also very glad that I don’t have to deal with a wood-burning kitchen range; that my water is available at the turn of a knob or lever; that I don’t have to use an outhouse or a chamber pot; that I can luxuriate in a daily shower or bath. That list could go on for a long time, too.
There are things about the “olden days,” as they are sometimes called, that I think we should bring back. No public displays of affection. That’s a big one. I’m not a prude. No, I’m NOT! But I really object to having people make out Right.In. Front. Of. Me. in the grocery checkout line. Good grief. Get a room.
I also think it would be a good thing to just turn off all our electronics for a few hours now and then. Civil conversation has become a lost art, which is one of the reasons I do so much marital counseling in my office. People just don’t know how to communicate with each other any more. Listening? Yeah, that’s a thing of the past. We need to learn to listen in order to understand, not just to respond.
However, when I think of some other archaic practices, such as blood-letting or the use of leeches in medicine, I’m very thankful to be living in the present. One archaic practice that I wouldn’t have minded was that women were expected to remain in bed for two or three weeks after giving birth.
I think we should revive that one.