That Was Your World … Back Then

That Was Your World … Back Then

By Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee


Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee … photo/story owned by me.  My world sure wasn’t ‘perfect’ … back then.  I lived where ‘everything’ … happened … in Hell.



Where I am from … no one ever did such things. Why, we could leave our front doors open, unlocked at all times. No one ever broke in on anyone. We never had any crime.


People didn’t use to be disrespectful to others when I was growing up. They knew if they did … someone would put them in their place; maybe … whip their ass. Today … people are so mean … no one cares to be nice to others. Watch our peers on the news … now, they fight in public, curse each other. They set these examples for our children.


All this damn technology … I hate a cellphone, computers, all that mess! When I was young, we didn’t have such a complicated life. Children played outside … today, children don’t know what playing outside is … and if … they play outside … someone would steal their ass! Predators lurking around every corner! Personally … I ‘pure love’ … technology. Give me a computer, tablet, cellphone … anytime!


No privacy! Cameras everywhere! I wonder how many times I’ve scratched my ass … and it be recorded? Picked my nose? Adjusted my underwear to get it out of my crack?


Think about it … we all do it! Of course, we don’t say we do … we pretend to be so ‘above it all’. You are human, aren’t you? You scratch your ass, pick your nose … and I guarantee you … you have to pull your underwear out of your crack … once in a while! Don’t say you don’t! I saw … you!


Back then … when life was perfect … the pace much slower than today … people were courteous, more caring. No one wanted to commit crime, shoot and rape someone. In my neighborhood … we were just close-knitted.


I beg to differ … and what I say next is strictly once again … my ‘Gloria Opinion’ … I won’t argue with anyone. You have yours, I have mine … so, be it.


I say ‘back then’ … there wasn’t an over-population of people … everyone living close quarters. So, when something happened … no one knew it right away. News didn’t travel as fast, ‘back then’…


Things ‘did’ happen, maybe not as often … but, they did happen. Why, I remember when I was little … about a little girl in the countryside asleep in her bed … was taken out of her bed, away from the house, raped. The man came through her bedroom window screen. We used to sleep with our windows up … doors wide open.


One night, my aunt woke up to see a big man standing on the porch in the doorway. Only an unlocked screen door stood between him, and all of us … asleep on the quilt on the floor, in the living room. She screamed, scaring him away.


People disappeared … murder happened. What did you say? It never happened where you lived your perfect life … in your neighborhood, ‘back then’?


don’t believe it … you still think it’s like that today? Come on …. times have changed. In today’s time … any, and everything happens, now. There are so many people … they keep coming … when they come like cattle … predators come, also. They lurk around silently, watching for an opportunity to strike.


They will take your little children … beat up your parents … rape, rob, murder them. They will never think about what they did … they have no hearts. They prey on the weak. They have to do it … they are animals … they know nothing else.


Home invasions … bust into someone’s life, unexpectedly … completely change the path of people … families. Who in the f___ has the right to do that? But, sadly … predators take it upon themselves to decide when they’ll step into someone else’s lives … change it, forever.


Walk along your path … without a care in the world. Trust always in everyone to not hurt, rob … murder you. You will live in a fairy tale world … I promise you, reality will wake you up … or put you to sleep, permanently.


I’m not going to walk being afraid … I would fight like hell to live. I am going to always take precaution … not set myself up to be slaughtered. My motto is: avoid putting yourself in a compromising situation. Things do, will happen.


Of course … they didn’t … back then. Especially … not in your world.


2 thoughts on “That Was Your World … Back Then

  1. There’s a lot that happened around me when I was a kid.

    Not just the bad stuff with my dad, though Lord knows that was an almost daily event, but also the attitudes of the people!

    A young girl got raped and her parents put it round that she’d had a accident with the gear lever of her chopper bike rather than admit she’d been attacked.

    Another girl was raped and word went round, so next thing you knew the boys were around her like flies on shit because ‘she’d done it before’.

    My brother was one of them… 😦

    A lad stole from a warehouse, a bunch of chocolate and other sweets, gave some to some of the local kids, then blamed them for the crime.

    I could go on, but you get the point I think.

    People seem to think that such crimes only happen today – I am living proof that things were far worse in the ‘Good Old Days’ because such crimes were ‘normal’ and the Police corrupt, so the real bad guys could literally get away with murder… 😦

    Love and hugs!


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