Toy Stories

CBC has a great program called Rewind which I got a chance to listen to the other day while driving. With Rewind the CBC digs into their archives and features some of their old radio programs. As a kid I used to stay up late listening to old radio shows on my walkman as I lay in bed. The few programs I have caught on Rewind

National Farm Radio Forum 1941-1965:

It was radio that got farmers talking. From 1941 to 1965, order National Farm Radio Forum brought together groups of neighbours across rural Canada to listen to a weekly half-hour program on a single farm issue. Using accompanying printed study guides, the groups then discussed the broadcast and sent in a summary for follow-up on a subsequent show. Launched as an educational experiment by the CBC, along with the Canadian Association for Adult Education and the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, the show’s motto was: “Read. Listen. Discuss. Act.”

It shouldn’t be surprising that I didn’t know anything about this program, I’m sure there are a a million programs out there I know nothing about. The current episode I was listening to was A Woman’s Place:

All across Canada, women are leaving their kitchens to join the paid workforce. But can married women go out to work without neglecting their duties at home? In the town of Knowlton, Que., participants on National Farm Radio Forum are divided. Some believe a mother should be at home if she has preschool children, while others point out that working is not a choice when money is tight. Freelance broadcaster Anne Francis helps moderate this 1963 forum, subtitled “Women in their Place.”

Listening to this 40+ year old discussion, first recorded on a cool, wet night as a group of farmers got together in the nice warm basement a United Church, I was struck by the old adage the more things change the more they stay the same. At least in terms of womens views on womens roles in the home they do. One women thought women should suck it up and stay home with the children while they are young, some men thought women just wanted to work out of the home to buy more things. Should women be on the town council? Or on the school board? They tried to find a woman who owned properly to run on the school board but couldn’t find one. But mostly, it was the question of working vs. raising children that – for obvious reasons – were the most affecting to me and one I still see women fighting about over 40 years later.

Sound bites:

Isn’t the conversation of a two-year old pretty tedious?

Accept certain phases of your life and then you will be more happy.

The first few years are very formative

“by the time they figure out their transportation costs, food costs, and childcare costs is it really worth it?”

If she wanted to have the family she should raise them

I laughed outloud as one of the women was talking about how some women just aren’t cut out to stay at home and look after children “”.”frustrated. perhaps she better find someone else to do it.

an individual problem. Some though

anne lindburgh.

The crux of the problem: going out b/c they have been doing too much credit buying or licking stamps. – also thinks they should go out to lead a fuller life, not to spend money.

. The first few years are very formative.”

“She didn’t know what she was getting into” – that doesn’t seem to have changed much.

I have a number of posts in the works but feel like I need to inject some fun in my life & blog these days – so I am declaring that Jaunary be about toys! Really, asthma
everything is about toys these days at our place since we spend a large portion of our day playing.

Initially I thought of doing this in December and that it would be a combination of toy photos and nostalgic reflections but I think what will make it even more fun would be guest bloggers! Plus I have to take a blogging break mid-way through January to get another eye operation so this all seems to work together. Do you have a toy story you want to share? First toy? Favourite toys? Random thoughts about toys? Send me an e-mail at meli.mello AT gmail DOT com if you want to play along.

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