Yearning for Yesterday

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 25
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1993
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 324626
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Title Yearning for Yesterday
Description returned for special events such as Pioneer Day, Memorial Day, and sometimes came back simply because we were lonesome for it. We drove to North Sanpete High School and stopped for awhile to remember our teachers, favorite subjects, school clubs, assemblies, afternoon studentbody dances, and the wonderful proms, senior balls and sports events. We relived our excitement, which was amply rewarded, when Spring City students joined us in our sophomore year and Fairview students as juniors. Driving farther on, we were impressed with the new high school. We speculated as lo what it would be like to be students there today. We drove around town, reminisced about former residents and recalled events those memories inspired. On one such visit, we called on Seymour Jensen, who had been our teacher and, later, principal of the high school. Memories spilled over one another. Parked across the street from our childhood homes, we observed changes made by the new owners and wondered about the present occupants. We were alert to city improvements and signs of new construction, and sighed when familiar landmarks were gone. Young men from Moroni, Ephraim, Manti, and Nephi were our beam, too, and we remembered them and the good times we shared as we drove through those towns. Days of innocence: What does that mean? To us, it means that times have changed. Modem technology -- television with satellite transmission, the ease of air travel, computer science, "the age of information," as it is sometimes referred to - has advanced with dramatic strides. On the other hand, through the miracle of the media, distressing accounts alarm us that the moral fiber of the nation, and perhaps the world, is regressing. It is crystal clear that humanity is suffering for it. With us, it poses a bittersweet paradox: while we acknowledge and appreciatively enjoy the benefits derived from scientific and technological advances, we are, at the same time, longing for the moral fiber that characterized yesterday. During our youth, cheating on school exams and homework assignments were rare occurrences. When it did occur, teachers and school administrators wisely counseled the students and took necessary disciplinary action. Compared to the present, there were few cases of fraud, embezzlement, and other crimes in the national business community. Crimes of violence were rare. We remember that without fear we left our doors unlocked, even overnight. We walked anywhere in town, day or night, without fear for our safety. 83
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 25
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 324623
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