For a Modern-Preppy's lifestyle, there remains an almost overwhelming abundance of things, services, experiences, choices and such readily available 24/7 however, there are a few once-cherished elements of the past within traditional preppy lifestyles which this particular preppy does indeed miss including:
Non-tickey-tackey neighborhood Tea Rooms where ladies gathered for serene afternoon repasts.
The beautiful boutique-like stores of Smith and Hawkin, Waverly, Laura Ashley...perusing around them was such a pleasure...
Full-service gas stations where attendants even hand-swept out your car's floor mats.
Elevator attendants in department stores who wore uniforms and seemed so serious.
Wearing short white gloves and pretty hats to church every Sunday, not just at Easter.
Men wearing sharp hats with their suits and many sporting bow ties during the day too.
Being handed other people's calling cards... I still make use of mine which is such fun when people think you're handing them your business card instead.
People answering their house phone with, "This is the ____ (insert last name) residence, ____ (first name) speaking..."
Personal bookplates pasted inside the front covers of books friends passed around to share.
Using dumb-waiters, laundry chutes and actual bell pulls in one's house.
Putting charges "on account" by simply saying-so at the yacht club, city club, country club when one could easily do so as a really young child without being questioned at all by the staff.
Long, deep and hot-water-heat-holding bath tubs in expansive, small-tiled bathrooms.
The smell of pipes being smoked leisurely...how, where and when did that go away?
Those wooden-sided station wagons; gosh we had ours for so many years.
Actual letters and cards received in the mail, some with sealing wax stamps on the back.
And so forth n' so on. It's fun to think back to what once-was in appreciation of what it was to experience within a lifetime even if not for a complete lifetime. So much more of this kinda' stuff to list here but now tonight's insomnia is ebbing so, time to post this and head off to slumber.