By: Katryna Hauser
“Everything’s so different now... “ That was all she could hear: the constant muttering. She didn’t get it, how’s everything so different? The world, how it is today, is all she’s ever really known. Sure, there’s setbacks in most situations, but it really isn’t that bad. Sophie’s an orphan, and she lives in a homeless shelter. Something has been going on, causing all the older people to continue rambling about the same thing; how much has changed. They all expect me to see it right away, and to miraculously know the difference between the two. Well, news flash: I don’t. I didn’t live in the 1900’s, I wasn’t even born yet; there was no Sophie on the earth who was exactly like me.
So, I’m sure everyone reading this is confused, let’s start on a few reasons why these wacko people think everything is so different. A reason that’s not so life-changing is how people dress nowadays. I think old Fran nearly had a heart attack when she saw this girl in a tiny dress downtown, yikes! I’m surprised she didn’t go give her the clothes off her back! Yes, she’s that crazy, you learn to deal with it when the only people you’re around are probably medically insane. She was flabbergasted, going into this whole story of how it used to be back in “The good old days”. She said that teens were way more conservative, and didn’t just wear whatever they wanted, whenever they wanted. There’s so many different options and varieties, no matter the personality of a person. I think that’s pretty cool! But Fran, with her dementia, obviously doesn’t.
The way people get around, I suppose I’m kind of learning how it’s changed. I’m learning how it’s all changed now in general, what else can I do except listen when I hear it every day? Obviously the way people travel has changed immensely, otherwise we’d be walking, or in horse and buggies. One of the big cars back in the 1900’s was the Model T. Ford. This truck was adapted to do many many different things, so it didn’t just serve one purpose. Nowadays, we have so many different kinds of transportation, it’s endless.
Lastly, technology. I think technology speaks for itself, because we didn’t have half of the technology back in Fran’s time then what we have now. As our society has progressed, we’ve become increasingly more dependent on technology than ever. Back then, you had to send mail, which took forever to send, when now you can just make a few taps on your phone, and have a text sent out in seconds. We have many technologies to use to communicate; a vast majority compared to how it used to be. We have cable, internet, TV’s, electronics of any type, movie theaters, Netflix, and we have so many things offered to us. Technology has also made the world more diverse; you can learn about news from all over quicker. Overall, I can finally see how the world has changed! I know Fran and the others will continue to drive me insane, but now I know a few of the basics.
Ms.Backstrom's class has been working on creative writing pieces based around 'big question' research. Take a look at what they've come up with!