Were times ever really simpler?

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Ahhh…..The Golden years, the years of relaxation, taking it easy, enjoying hobbies, and living the good but simple life. Wrong……. What happened in last 30 days? My friends, a new word has entered the dictionary and our daily language, COVID-19.

The Golden years began to look a tad rusty when you went to the market and saw you could not get your favorite cookies, your latte in the morning was no more, the congenial gatherings at the pool or local club was canceled, and the news now looks worse than your face looks when you first wake up.

I have some extra time during the day now to think about the “old” days, and some simpler times.

Sometimes, when I think about my law practice, Lucy from the “Peanuts” cartoon comes to mind. She often sits in the Psychiatry booth with a sign that says, “the Doctor is in”- for a fee of 5 cents.

Besides answering questions about the law, I listen at length to very personal and detailed stories about clients’ lives.  There is a common theme that I hear in every story: “Things were always simpler back in the day”.

My brother used to call me “the man of the past” because I enjoy going back in time to memories. Were things really much simpler?

People complain about kids staring at their SmartPhones all day, every day. Do you remember that thing that used to be plugged into the wall – a telephone?  We were on that phone for hours. When I was a kid, we had one phone. The challenge was to get to the telephone first.

I like watching the news every day. The news anchors are good-looking, bright and the news is full of digital effects and videography.

I grew up when the news anchor was a man named John Cameron Swayze. He was stern looking and never smiled.  The sponsors of the show were Camel Cigarettes, and Timex Watches. The whole show and all the world’s news were reported in 15 minutes.

How about newspapers? I grew up with newspapers having several editions during the day. The problem was that by the time I read the news, it was old news. Today, the newspaper industry is struggling and news is available 24 hours a day, in real time.

Here’s a thing of the past – balancing a checkbook. Who balances a checkbook anymore? We have online banking now.  Everything is always there to see – no check stubs, lost checks, or smudged ink.  No more irritation of trying to locate the 3 cents that seems to be missing in the ending balance you ciphered with a lead pencil. (Hey what’s a lead pencil?)

So for the 5 cents you paid Lucy at the start of this conversation, here’s what I’ve determined. Nothing has changed, people haven’t changed, and nothing was simpler or simple.

We just did what we did, using what we had. It was just that simple!!!

Take it for what it is… it’s just AS I SEE IT

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Leonard F. Baer
Leonard Baer's practice focuses on Elder Law, and Estate Planning. His previous experience was in the area of complex criminal litigation, serving as Deputy Chief of the Major Crimes Division for The United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Florida. Mr. Baer was recognized by the Office of The Attorney General, as one of the top prosecutors in the country during his tenure. He has been included in North Carolina Top Rated Lawyers, a distinction awarded to those lawyers recognized by their colleagues as leaders in their field. He has also been recognized by the Florida Bar, for his efforts in representing seniors and their families, who are victims of scams and fraud. Mr. Baer is an AV rated lawyer listed in Martindale-Hubbell, and has been selected for inclusion in their Bar Registrar of Preeminent Lawyers, which for over 90 years, includes only those select law practices that have earned their highest rating. He has been designated by Martindale-Hubbell as preeminent in his field, and in the top 5% of all lawyers practicing in the United States. Mr. Baer has also been ranked by AVVO, an online Legal Directory of over 200,000 lawyers nationally, as Superb, their highest rating. He served as adjunct professor of Sports Law at The University of Miami, and is a frequent lecturer on the topics of Elder Law, Estate Planning, Asset Protection and Fraud Protection. He has been a columnist for several newspapers for over 13 years and currently has a nationally syndicated blog, “As I See It” with a readership of over 25,000. Leonard is a Guest Contributor of The Silver Life.

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