|Posted by Tea Railene on January 27, 2017 at 8:40 PM|
Last night my usual daily routine came to halt when I noticed a television special they were airing about the life of Mary Tyler Moore. I am sure plenty of readers are too young to remember this wonderful lady and the impact she had on life back in the 70s and 80s. She was on the Dick Van Dyke show which was a little before my time, but I remember her as Mary Richards on her own show. She was an iconic mentor for independent women in those days and inspired a lot of us to follow our dreams.
Writing about her also made me contemplate this blog, as well as my journal. We use them to make a record of history as it is actually happening, not just a list of what happened but how it affected our reality. I write things that I hope will be interesting years from now when future generations read them. I hope to give an inside look into what life was like 'back in the day'.
When I hear about celebrities passing away, I remember 'back in the day' when I was a child. I remember what life was like, rushing home from school to watch the show because you couldn't just pull it up on Hulu and see it whenever you wanted.
I remember answering the phone without knowing who was on the line. I remember when the whole family had the same phone number, when it belonged to the house and not the individual. I remember when looking for services - a good restaurant, doctor, photographer - meant browsing the yellow pages, not Google. It seems funny that the little changes in life happen without you noticing too much, until you look back and realize that your reality is now completely different.
I look at my blog and journals and see how different life is now and how my life and decisions affected my children and grandchildren. I wonder if Mary Tyler Moore looked back at that simple, spunky character she created for a television show and realized the affect her grace and comedy and independent attitude had on the generation who grew up watching her. RIP Mary Tyler Moore.