Posted by Sappho on March 7th, 2013 filed in Quaker Practice
At my Quaker meeting, during religious education before meeting for worship, we have been doing Bible study most First Days, but once a month we have an intergenerational activity. This month, it was a game in which our clerk (or, as time went on, any one of us) asked a statement, and we moved toward corners of the room depending on whether we agreed, disagreed, strongly agreed or strongly disagreed (with the middle of the room for neutral).
- More people than I’d have expected strongly disagreed with the statement “I fought with my siblings.” But then it turned out that all of them were only children.
- Nearly all the adults agreed that they could live a day without the Internet (and no adult strongly disagreed). Most children disagreed, a couple of them strongly.
- Adults mostly agreed, but children mostly disagreed, with the statement “I like going to bed early.”
- children not only (as expected) didn’t remember party lines; they didn’t know what they were. (For any of the younger generation reading this post, a party line was a telephone line shared by several households; you knew by the ring whether it was for you. Other families, though, could pick up the phone when someone called you. I remember one time when my sister got tired of long-short-long ringing on and on, and picked up the phone to say, “They’re not home.” Another person told a story of a neighbor who “just happened to pick up the phone” and hear various bits of juicy gossip.