Rural Roots 05: “The Party Line”

Looking back to when I was growing up in the 60’s I had two forms of Social media available to me. Either walk down the road and see what my friends were up to or pull out the rotary phone and hook up to the party line. I remember often it wasn’t always easy to make a phone call as numerous neighbors share the same line as we did, we didn’t have private lines at the time, hence the name.

Often the conversations and stories you became part of were farmer John looking or his lost cow or Betty talking about her favorite pie recipe. I remember my Mom talking for hours to the neighbors about life and then remembered the call she intended to make at the beginning didn’t happen. This was the daily newsfeed learning what was going on in our community, as Facebook is to us today.