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Are You Old Fashioned?

Maybe I am just getting older, but I do think of myself, sometimes, as “old fashioned”. People often think that being “old fashioned” makes one afraid of change. I don’t find myself afraid of change, and I am able to go with the flow.  i think there is a distinct difference to being “old fashioned” and being stuck in a time warp, thinking that only your era had the best music, the best foods, the best etc.

But, What makes someone “old fashioned”?

When I am thinking about being old fashioned, I think I think of simpler times and simpler things. I was just talking to my mom about birthday parties when we were kids. One memory that sticks in my mind was when I had my friends over and we played musical chairs. I was 10, and one of my best friends bought me a hamster for my birthday. It escaped and ran through the kitchen, my mom a bit frazzled. Another time, my Dad made this painted clown face out of cardboard, with a hole where the mouth was. We tossed bean bags in the mouth for points, as a prize, cake and ice cream followed. I think these memories stick in my mind, as they made an impact. Mom and Dad putting together a birthday with my friends – something rather simple, but enjoyed very much. Today, birthday for children can be quite elaborate!

Do you still like to get dressed up when going to Church? or do you find that jeans are acceptable and it doesn’t bother you either way? I am not judging anyone, I suppose I am just a bit “old fashioned” when we used to dress up as kids with a pretty dress and some dapper pants and button down. Did I just say ‘dapper”? Well, I must be old fashioned?! I think the idea of dressing up nicely when going out may be not be for everyone, but maybe that is the Old fashioned in me talking. It was just a sign of respect.

I find myself thinking about my 6 month old nephew and what he will be learning and not knowing about the era  in which we grew up. Not being without the internet to do research, the ease of using “Google” to find most answers. I will tell him the story of having to buy a set of Encyclopedia Brittanica to research topics. I can hear it now.. “encyclopedias?”…. I think now, we use technology so much, that we wouldn’t know other resrources to access in which to find information.

What are some things I like about being old fashioned-

Attentiveness- well, back in “my day” we would sit in a room as a family and talk! The dinner table ( when we were all home before college) became a place where we sat as a family and enjoyed conversation. No phones. No getting up when the phone rang. This was family time. I know that in today’s society, with 2 income households, this may not always be possible, but just the idea of listening to other people, without the interference of a phone, sounds pretty heavenly to me.

Dating- Well, I am married, so there is no dating. But if I were single or a younger person dating, I would like for the guy to call me on the phone and ask me out. Shooting a text saying, “Whatcha Doin’ or “Are you busy” doesn’t make for a nice way to show your interest or get a girls attention. Calling, talking on the phone, or asking a girl out to a nice place, is what I would  prefer.

Chivalry- I certainly hope chivalry is not dead! While some might think this is old-fashioned, others may think of it is a “good manners”. I do like it when my hubby would hold the car door open, or come over to my side to open my door with an umbrella when it is raining.

I love older music. I often listen to Big Band, Swing and Jazz Standards which really take me to another place and time. The melodies were beautiful, the music upbeat, and for me, classic repertoire.

I also love quiet places. I enjoy sitting outside and having a picnic lunch by the lake.

I sometimes think I would have enjoying living in another era. Not to say any one era is best, and I often think people romanticize other eras, thinking only of the good that has happened. . I do think, that no matter what era we live in , we can be happy with our lives and choose how to live them. I would say I am a mixture of old-fashioned and modern , and I am quite happy that way .

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How about you? Do you consider yourself old fashioned? and in what way? Let me know in the comments. 

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Have a wonderful weekend?

Jess xo


  • passion fruit, paws and peonies
    Posted at 04:40h, 03 July Reply

    I agree and love all of your old fashioned passions. I do believe tho that every generation gains different things and losses others. My kids have travelled the world, eaten at fine restaurants and enjoy cinemas in their living rooms. However, they don’t have that being in the moment just enjoying the silence and fresh air thing I remember (among other simple things). We had a less polluted, more peaceful and simple life ‘in the old days’, but we also had to wait for the coal man before we could get warm and don’t get me started on those outside loos…! haha xx Maria

  • Jodie
    Posted at 09:55h, 22 June Reply

    I think there’s a part of us all that is still somewhat old fashioned. Although I do love the modern amenities like indoor toilets..ha ha!

  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 09:29h, 22 June Reply

    Yep, I am an old fashioned gal! I love the values and the fashions! I say yes to simpler times. Great post sweet friend and I am super excited about the Jambu giveaway!!!!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:04h, 22 June Reply

      Me too Kellyann! I was saying to my mom, I had no idea what a Push Party or Reveal Party was! These are parties revelaing the gender and that you are going to have a baby. Back then, it was just, for some people, a surprise to learn the sex of the baby, or we had Baby Showers. That was about it! Glad you liked the post, and good luck! xx

  • Cheryl Tucker
    Posted at 09:19h, 22 June Reply

    I am old fashioned for sure. I too don’t mind change as a matter of fact I love it! But I love more simple things and times. I love the elegance and manners of times gone by. I love home made food from scratch and sitting around the table playing cards with my family. I love old fashion!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:02h, 22 June Reply

      I think that is great Cheryl! I love that you enjoy making things from scrath.. I remember making Syrian bread with my mom, as well as cookies etc.. it was a bonding experience as well, being able to hang out with mom in the kitchen. Simpler things – I agree! xx

  • Is This Mutton?
    Posted at 06:50h, 22 June Reply

    If being polite, respectful and considerate to others is old fashioned, then I am too. A pity more people aren’t like it Jess!

  • Nancy
    Posted at 02:05h, 22 June Reply

    Well if that is old fashioned then count me in. Of course when we get older we have other priorities. I used to hate to cycle a bit just for fun, now I love it! When I was in my twenties I thought I would go out and dance all night forever! Not! Haha, we change and that is a good thing.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:01h, 22 June Reply

      Old fashioned to me Nancy, is living in simpler times with simpler things. It doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t like change, it may mean you have certain values that you believe in when growing up. thanks for your input! xx

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