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Home decor grief

Carol Willette’s 8th birthday party in November 1962. She’s in front of the cake with her hand on her cheek. Cleda Sweetland is on the left side of the photo with the bow in her hair and a watch on her wrist.
Carol Willette’s 8th birthday party in November 1962. She’s in front of the cake with her hand on her cheek. Cleda Sweetland is on the left side of the photo with the bow in her hair and a watch on her wrist.

The two women I wrote about in my Sunday story are my exact age, 56. So when I saw the photo of Carol Willette's 8th birthday party, it brought back so many memories of home decor, circa 1960s, specifically the thick, flowered drapes.

When I see in old movies, and on vintage television shows, furniture and furnishings from the late 1950s to mid-1960s  (the style is having a revival now, by the way), I often feel such longing for what seemed like a much simpler time. Only three television channels. No voicemail or email. Board games on rainy Saturdays.

I know it is easy to romanticize the past, and I love and use technology everyday, but that old home decor plugs into some grief feelings, especially sadness.

Anyone else have this experience when you see the decor in old movies and television shows? 

(Photo courtesy of Carol Willette)




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