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He's BackPosted Monday, April 19, 2010, at 8:56 AM
The other day I happened to be eating at a fast food restaurant in Marshall. Their were more students in the restaurant than normal for that time of day.
An elderly gentleman walked in wearing a baseball hat with the bill turned up. This was a common practice in the 40's and 50's. You had better visibility if your work required you to look upward.
When one of the students saw him she began to giggle and point at him so the other student sitting at the table could enjoy her amusement. After a good chuckle she got up an went to point him out to other students sitting at various tables around in the restaurant I couldn't help thinking she was somehow out a touch with reality. Sitting at her table were five other students and there were something strange going on. Although it was warm outside it seems that youthful fashion was more important than common sense.
One student was sitting at the table wearing a sweat shirts with a hood. It must have been cold on their side of the restaurant because he was wearing his hood up. Three other students sitting at the table were wearing stocking hats. I guess to keep their heads warm. The other male student was wearing a baseball hat the he couldn't get to sit on his head right. He also had some trouble keeping his pants up. Maybe they were hand me downs from his father as they looked both extremely large for his body and like they were worn out.
Yes, fashions do change from decade to decade or from one generation to the other. I was a product of the forties and really grew up during the fifties. I am told that I am not allowed to go shopping by myself or the fashion police at the Mall might get me.
For one I don't know how the they managed to get out of the Mall without being apprehended. I may have worn bell bottom pants, earth shoes with long hair at one time but the lessons that my parents taught me were the guiding principles that I lived by or else. Respect your elders, yes sir and no mam, and always open the door for a lady. I don't know what these students parents did or did not teach them when they were younger but either it didn't take root or they have forgotten some how. Next time, maybe their parents will accompany them when they go out in public. Sooner or later they will end up embarrassing the family name or finally be apprehended by the fashion police.
I'm John Q.
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Larry Maxwell is a retired businessman who often writes about topics related to faith and religion.