The Way We Were

The year was 1960, life was at a much slower pace than it is now.  Families were an essential part of our society.  The majority of homes were the typical family unit.  Dad, mom, the children were all a part of the average American dream.

Dad and mom usually went off to work, the kids were off to school.  After school, the kids came home to “Latch Key” (kids came home and let themselves into the house, changed their clothes, did their homework, and went out to play.  Yes, kids actually went outside to play.)  No matter where the kids were playing, whether next door, across the street, down the road, a couple of miles away.  Dinner time was always evident by the rich sound of kids all through the neighborhood yelling in unison, “Street Light.”  That was the time that all cars seemed to stop in the tracks because kids would come from everywhere running, trying to get home before the street light came on.  Every kid in the neighborhood had the same exact curfew; they had to be in the house before the street light came on.  

Kids could be seen running at top speed to make the curfew; I know a couple of times I had to dive onto the porch to make it by curfew.  But every kid made it home safely, every family sat down to dinner and ate together.  This was a daily occurrence, not just once a week or on special occasions. Every night the family ate dinner together.

We are now in 2020 with the pandemic.  As a result of this many families have returned to the old way of life from 1960, they are once again eating dinner together.  Before the pandemic, dad worked late and grabbed a bite on the way home.  Mom was finishing a project and grabbed a sandwich; the kids found something to eat wherever they were.  No one hardly ever ate dinner together.  

But now, as some parents are forced to work from home, the dynamic has changed.  Families are spending a lot more time together.  They are getting re-acquainted with each other. Husbands and wives are rekindling love, where they never seemed to have the time in the past, the pandemic has created an atmosphere that has given them a fresh start, a sort of new beginning. Families even have their church services at home, sitting around the computer or television.  The kids are homeschooled.  The kitchen has become the modern classroom, the dining room is split in half with mom on one side and dad on the other working from their respective offices. 

I see the pandemic as a gift from God to bring the family unit back together; they now have a cohesive bond that will continue long after the pandemic has ceased.

This is a good thing.  Welcome home, family, welcome back to the way we were.

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Biography of Dr. Joyce Marie Kelley, Th.D.
Dr. Joyce Marie Kelley is an author, motivational speaker and minister who loves the Word of God and all that it has to offer. She has been on God’s team for a long time. She is a faithful member of Greater Open Door Worldwide Ministries of Long Beach, CA.
As a young child, Joyce accepted Christ as her personal savior. Dr. Kelley, fondly known as “Dr. J” has a heart and passion for helping others. She gives unselfishly of herself in the pursuit of sharing the healing power of forgiveness.
Dr. Kelley holds an Associate Degree in General Studies. A Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Biblical Studies and a Doctor of Ministry Degree. She returned to school and earned a second Master’s Degree in Theology. On July 8th, 2016 Dr. Kelley was Ordained as a Licensed Elder/Minister. Joyce recently earned a second doctorate degree in Theology.
She is the CEO/Founder of “Exalted Consulting”; a ministry sharing the power of forgiveness through seminars and workshops. Dr. Kelley is the CEO/Founder of “Hip Hop Step Inc.”, a ministry to transform walking apparatus for those in need at no cost to the recipient. She is the CEO/Founder of “3G Custom Gift Baskets. Her philosophy is that “One should always practice Acts of Random Kindness” (ARK’s).
Dr. Kelley is a child of the most high God, and resides in Southern CA, with her husband.
“With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible. “ (Matthew 19:26b, KJV.)
“With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible. “ (Matthew 19:26b, KJV.)

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