• Growing Up In An America Without A Beaver

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    It’s true. On one hand I grew up in a tough time in America. As I like to say, my friends and I saw sit ins, love ins, and Laugh In. We saw JFK, MLK, and Bobby…..There’s no way around it, those were hard years in this country.

    But….as the old song says…on the other hand….I grew up with Andy Griffith, Dick Van Dyke, That Girl, the Beverly Hillbillies, and, of course, the Beaver.

    I learned the beginnings of my knowledge of history from Gunsmoke, Bonanza, and a place called the Big Valley. There was even a serial called Billy the Kid, and as young as I was, I must admit that all that time ago I questioned whether Pat Garrett actually killed the Kid. Today, Hico, Texas questions the same thing.

    Of course, I know that you know where I am going with this, and I’ve asked myself a thousand times if I’ve gradually turned into my grandmother, but I honestly don’t think so. What I do think is that we have moved completely to the other side of common decency, and morality, most failing to teach their children about both.

    Don’t get me wrong. There’s nothing “bad” in the television shows my grandchildren are allowed to watch, not at all. The problem is that there is also nothing “good” in them, nothing to learn, nothing to ponder, just a big plain NOTHING.

    In every single show I listed above, good conquered all types of evil, every time. The Beaver certainly made his share of mistakes, but it only took thirty minutes for him to repent and be a better person because of it.

    Matt Dillon chased the bad guys out of Dodge, and as old as they were, the Cartwright boys still respected their father. Remember?

    I won’t ramble on, but I will leave you with one thought. Every single thing that is wrong with television today is your fault and my fault, every bit of it because we have sat right here and allowed it into our homes.

    You and I both know that no television station can exist without the advertising dollars that keep it in business, and we sat right here and allowed things that we actually do not like at all into our homes instead of simply turning the thing off, writing a letter explaining what we were doing, and then forgetting about television until the changes we wanted were made.

    Of course, if I wanted to continue on I could also move us right into the political arena, couldn’t I? We sat by while that happened too, didn’t we?

    About Fredda Jones

    Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for texansunited.com and marketing small-town Texas.
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    5 Responses to Growing Up In An America Without A Beaver

    1. Sherri Gunter says:

      To this day, I would rather watch old reruns of the above mentioned shows than what is on TV now. You forgot I Love Lucy! Leae it to Beaver and I Love Lucy are my all time fav shows ever.

    2. Chuck Ratliff says:

      My grandson asked “How can you watch that old black and white stuff?” Maybe because everything was so black and white. Wrong was wrong and right was right. Today I’m not sure the young people know. From today’s TV you get the impression that a little marijuana is OK, a little theft is OK, a little disrespect is OK and a little premarital sex is just fine. Don’t get me wrong, I know we have made great leaps forward in so many areas and I am proud of that. But along the way we have lost so much also.
      I better stop before I get carried away.

      I still like black and white better!!!!!!

      Chuck Ratliff

    3. Missy Jones says:

      Yes, Sherri. I also love the “oldies” and I will take a good black and white movie any time. Once, I was at a movie theatre for a fairly modern movie, probably in the early 1970’s. It had no story line, no plot, no characters that you could identify with, nothing. The writers were not even smart enough to copy some good old stuff. There was a fairly young couple sitting in front of us, and at what seemed like the end of the movie, the man turned to his wife and asked “Is this the end?”
      With no story line, how could you tell?

    4. Paul Hastings says:

      I am an eighty seven year old granddaddy who grew up with the movies. There was no television and perhaps the world would be a better place if that was still the case. There is no limit to the bad stuff we are bombarded with and children being what they are generally choose to watch the worst of the worst. Thank goodness for the inspiration channel where we can get some of the old decent shows that have some moral quality.

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