"The term nostalgia describes a sentimental longing for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations."Or, you could say, it is Yearning for the past.
As we age, we find ourselves slipping into nostalgia more and more. I recently, in writing another post for this challenge, thought about encyclopedias. Some years ago, I was part of a conversation that turned to encyclopedias. Remember encyclopedias?
Door to door salesmen (in those days, mainly "men") and supermarkets sold them. Now, you can't even give them away, even to a library book sale. Our local library will not accept them as sales donations.
As a 20-something participant in the conversation listened in amazement, the others in the conversations (mostly people in their 50's) talked about parents scrimping and saving so we could have a set in our homes. By the time they were paid off, (even before that!) they were obsolete. Then, our parents would have to buy yearbook supplements so they would be up to date. Until the next year. And then they would have to buy another yearbook.
The 20-something mused "And now we have the Internet."
It isn't just encyclopedias that are items of nostalgia now. Nostalgia includes steel soda cans that had to be opened using church keys (those keys, not to be confused with keys to houses of worship, still exist, but the steel beverage cans don't - at least, here in the United States), candy or bubble gum cigarettes, glasses whose lenses were glass (thank heavens we have moved past those), telephone party lines, rotary phones, S&H Green Stamps, and other items of my childhood. I'm sure, depending on when and where you grew up, you can name totally different items.
As we grow older, these exist only in our memories, in a haze of nostalgia and yearning for the past.
Speaking of yearning, I want to treat you to some spring flower pictures from my yard These flowers bloom for only a few days, and then we will have only our memories until they return next year.
Traveling through Time and Space with the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. Come back tomorrow, for Zee End!