Sweeping away the past?

I saw a man who sells brushes recently, not the traditional handmade brushes but modern brushes.

He was walking down the street carrying an array of brightly colored nylon bristle brushes like a modern day chimney sweep.

The tall person said that he expected the man to burst into song at any moment and entertain us all with a frantic dance routine from the movie ‘Mary Poppins’. He didn’t but it was nice to imagine that.

Seeing the man who sells modern brushes reminded us that ‘progress’ marches on. Perhaps this man and his nylon bristle brushes is in the vanguard of modernity, marching into the future alongside the new roads and bridges and buildings being built throughout Georgia.

But I hope that not everything from the past, which makes up the beautiful soul of this great country, is not swept away to make room for the new.

The man who sells modern brushes walked on and so did we.

We later saw these traditional handmade brushes laid on a pile of lavender. They looked beautiful and we paused to admire them.

Behind them we saw stacks of brightly colored plastic bowls.

We both hoped that the beautiful handmade brushes that were laid on the pile of lavender did not represent a glimpse of a bonfire of the future where all beautiful, natural things are discarded and replaced by plastic and nylon and other synthetic materials.

9 thoughts on “Sweeping away the past?

  1. Wow, lots of lavender!!! Georgia is famous for lavender?
    Yes Bassa, we should protect stuff that people have been having since long time ago, sometimes those things are much more practical than the new ones! 🙂

  2. I appreciate new technologies that make work easier, but I hate to lose all of our traditions. I love seeing both side by side in your post. And now I’m singing Mary Poppins songs in my head. 🙂

  3. very interesting blog! That is the problem with progress, it doesn’t differentiate between old outworn things that can be improved upon and those old traditions and items that are better than what progress brings. I like the old fashioned brooms for I think they work better than the new ones. Of course I like a lot of old things better….. perhaps I am a relic of the past…… great blog! Interesting and one that makes a person think. I think I like to see Georgia because in many ways it is more like things were when I was a child… 🙂 Thank you for teaching me so much on your walks! 🙂

    • Thank you Chuck. Tall person thinks the same. Things were very different when he was a boy in England – fewer (but better) cars, black and white TV, green grocers, butchers, markets, real wood and metal toys and freedom on a bicycle!!

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