Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Old Paths

My friend Pat from Living on Grace had this posted on her blog last week. I liked it and thought you would too.


I liked the old paths...when

Moms were at home, Dads were at work

Brothers went into the Army

And sisters got married before having children.

Crime did not pay, hard work did

And people knew the difference.

Mom could cook Dad would work

Children knew how to behave.

Husbands were loving, Wives were supportive

And children were respectful, appreciative and polite.

Women wore the jewelry

Men wore the pants.

Women looked like ladies. Men looked like gentlemen

And children looked presentable.

People loved the truth and hated lies.

Hymns sounded transcendent

Sermons sounded powerful

Rejoicing sounded wonderful

And crying sounded sincere

Cursing was wicked

Drugs were for illness

And divorce was unthinkable.

The flag was respected

America was Beautiful

And God was feared and honored!

We read the Bible in public

And preaching was heard everywhere.

To be called an American was worth dying for

To be called an American was worth living for!

I still like the old paths the best!


Connie said...

Oh the good old days, eh.

Brenda said...

So true.
Well, the neat thing is that even tho' we don't see it around us, we can still choose to live that way from this day forward.
Have a wonderful week, Mari!

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

I also love the old paths taken. Unfortunately, to live life that way makes it near impossible to fit in. The norm is not old school.

That was so well put.

Darla said...

i love this and completely agree. wouldn't it be nice to have the good ole days back? i am still really old fashioned about alot of things but not many my age are.

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

You and I both, Mari!

linda said...

Absolutely, the old paths are best!

Hootin' Anni said...

That is sooooooooooo true. Wow, most powerful. It really makes all of us who live lives 'in the fast lane' of today wish for the 'old paths of yesteryear' once again.

In fact just the other day Bud and I were talking about how kids of our time were outdoors playing all day long without fear of kidnappings, any harm coming to us, and being the most healthy kids ever. What ever happened you wonder?!!

Susan said...

Perfect picture for the poem.

Just Mom said...

that is lovely.

AnooCre8ion said...

Lovely. I still like the old paths best as well.


2Thinks said...

I wish the path in the picture was the lane leading to my home. Not possible, but a girl can dream...

Raise Them Up said...

That's so true! Thanks for sharing. :)

Terri said...

Me too!

Heart2Heart said...


I would have to agree with you that I too, love the old paths better. Let's hope we can incorporate some of those time honored values into today's new paths.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Life with Kaishon said...

Wow. This was so good. I loved every word.

jenniferw said...

Wonderful, Mari. We can still walk those old paths if we want to badly enough. God help us.

Kari said...

this is great. I love it.
I'm for old paths too.

Nancy said...

Very nice I would like to walk that path in the picture right now!!

Anonymous said...

LOVE this!! I'm trying to create my own path just like's hard these days, but the plowing is worth it!


Mariel said...

What a great post...I love "6feetover" comment, too...I, too and trying to plow this same IS tough! But by God's grace it will be well-worth it!

Lynn said...

....and that's what we all want for our kids.

Crown of Beauty said...

This brought tears to my eyes, Mari.

It is so true, and I am feeling nostalgic for how things used to be in this world.

Indeed it is time for major change to happen. And I believe it is!

Thanks for sharing this post.