In Response to Ed Matlackís Poem,
What Did We Do Before Computers?
We took our dogs on long nature-filled walks,
With our neighbors, we had face-to-face talks,
We went out bird-watching bald eagles and hawks.
Our kids played outdoors, and went on camping trips,
From the old-timers, we got some really great fishing tips,
Across a clear blue lake or city pond, flat rocks we would skip.
We actually wrote birthday greetings and love letters, by longhand,
We had picnics in the park, and we spent hours building castles in the sand,
If you ask me, I believe those pre-computer days, were so marvelously grand.
In the winter-time, we went ice skating, sledding, to the movies, and even ice fishing,
Iím feeling nostalgic now, and for those good old pre-computer days, Iím really wishing.
And now, my Brother Ed has got me thinking about getting rid of my computer all together,
I guess Iíll have to contemplate all of this, while walking my dogs, in todayís snowy weather.
(And the non-stop cell phone texting today,
By both children and adults, drives me insane;
We were an active and healthy species before all this,
And we were able to enjoy things, both simple and plain.)
©2011, An Extremely Nostalgic, Mr. Ed