Wednesday, July 17, 2019
I work part-time at our local Costco as a sample server, and throughout my shifts interact with lots of customers. It’s always fun when a fellow (current or past) sample server comes into the store to shop or take care of some sort of business.
On the job, while working, we’re not allowed to use a cell phone. When the risk factors seem low, I’ll sneak out my phone for a quick picture. If there’s a kernel of truth in the capture, I post it on Facebook. That way, fellow sample servers may give a co-worker thumbs-ups and teases.
Today, I’m reflecting on this friendly, simple way of using the internet to connect people and stimulate conversation. Early today, I watched an old television show on YouTube. It was from the 1950s, and entitled, “What’s My Line?”. The show’s mystery guest was Eleanor Roosevelt. A panel of famous writers and actors (wearing masks so as not to identify the guest easily by sight) had to question and establish her identify. It didn’t take long for them to figure out who the guest might be.
At that time, Roosevelt was in New York to initiate a celebration of United Nations week, to culminate in seven days as United Nations Day. She spoke about this and the importance of the United Nations, an organization that she had a hand in forming and supporting. Listening to her, I was reminded of a simpler time, when Americans were more in sync about the world of nations and their relationships.
Today, we sigh over differing perspectives and opinions as nations struggle to achieve appropriate stabilities in populations and politics. That early work, from the late 1930s, toward having a United Nations, and clear up to the week that Eleanor Roosevelt was declaring as support for the established organization, seemed logical and appropriate.
But of course, those were days in years prior to populations having an internet, high-tech manufacturing, incredibly powerful weapons of war, and zip-fast, world-wide communications.
I’ll keep my camera handy, and continue celebrating friends and the simpler stuff that surrounds us. Even in our complicated modern era, anything that harks back to easier times lends a note of gentle optimism.
Dear Friends: Eleanor Roosevelt’s evolvement deserves re-studying. Diana