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Response to kentuck (Reply #61)

Mon Apr 29, 2019, 03:05 PM

64. I think that is

generally true. It may be from a combination of related factors that make it more so in our life times. I like looking a house structures, and note that many of the houses around here from the 1800s and early 1900s have additions, where grandma and grandpa lived their golden years. An adult child of theirs had taken over the farm, and had his or her family in the main structure.

With the industrial revolution, kids sought to move to the big towns and cities for a variety of employment options. They lived in single family homes, where their kids saw the grandparents on holidays. And now, with high-tech society, more kids grow up in single family homes, often in apartments, and see their grandparents less often.

I was a strange kid myself. I spent quite a bit of time talking to the old folks in my neighborhood. I remember one elderly lady often commenting that I was mighty young to be so interested in history. Of course, I never thought at the time that one day I'd be old. Never gave that any thought! I wish that someone had warned me -- I might have taken better care of myself. Probably not, but maybe.

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