There is nothing new, except what has been forgotten.

The title of this post is a quote that has been ascribed to Marie Antoinette,  a remarkable personality by all accounts. This quote has long been a favourite of mine when occasions arise when I can quote it.

Another similar adage is “History repeats itself”.

Let me give the latest instance when I used it.

I received an SOS from a young lad that his father, a friend of mine, is interfering in the bringing up of the former’s child. I called my friend to remonstrate and reminded him as to how he felt when his parents interfered in the bringing up of the same child that he was trying to influence now. And, I could not resist the temptation to use this quote for effect! And to add some spice to the discussion I also said that there is nothing called the generation gap and that there was only a memory gap.

This topic was chosen by me for the weekly Friday 2 on 1 blog post where Shackman and I post on the same subject. Please see what Shackman has to say too.

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22 Responses to There is nothing new, except what has been forgotten.

  1. Looney says:

    Hmmm. I thought you didn’t give advice?

    • Normally I don’t. I do if I am asked for it. In this case, my relationship with the family is strong enough for the son to seek my intervention and the father to accept my interfering. I did not offer any advice though. I simply refreshed his memory!

  2. shackman says:

    This is one of those quotes that everyone can love and understand. We have all run afoul of the dang thing and we have also had someone close to us who needed a gentle reminder,

    • You can say that again Shackman. I just had another chance to quote it to a younger friend returning home after a vacation here. When I pointed out the fact, his jaw dropped!

  3. I love the video! Quite a difference in child raising from the over-coddling, child-as-the-center-of-the-universe that seems to be the norm here nowadays. I could be wrong, of course, just an impression from reading the news and watching movies and TV series on Netflix and Amazon Prime.

    • If you remember my lunch with some young friends and their children, what impressed me most about them was the way they were bringing up the children. Both parents are quite clear in their mind that their children will be brought up like Amy Chua suggests they should.

  4. tammy j says:

    LOL! love that mother who is calmly eating her fruit and keeping a very active monkey out of mischief! LOL.
    and i also like the fact that it’s a memory gap not a generation gap!
    the young NEVER think they’ll ever be old you know.
    but apparently some who are old forget! wise advice from you. 🙂

  5. It’s so easy to fall into the very things you disliked about your own upbringing!

  6. Joared says:

    Memory gap does explain a lot. Very good!

  7. Wisewebwoman says:

    H’m I never offer advice to anyone unless they specifically request it and even then I only advise from my own experience and travails.

    Triangulating a problem is often only worsening it in the long term.

    I do hope the son and his dad communicate to the betterment of each of their lives.

    Now I know that India is quite different socially from here so that may be a cultural difference.

    XO
    WWW

    • Without my having to point out you pointed out the difference. It is cultural. My relationship with the family is very strong and the son knows that I can influence his father due to our strong bonds. In any case, I did not offer any advice. I simply pointed out the memory gap!

  8. Wisewebwoman says:

    H’m I never offer advice to anyone unless they specifically request it and even then I only advise from my own experience and travails.

    Triangulating a problem is often only worsening it in the long term.

    I do hope the son and his dad communicate to the betterment of each other’s lives.

    Now I know that India is quite different socially from here so that may be a cultural difference.

    XO
    WWW

  9. Ahhh, history…we ignore it at our peril! I can’t remember who said that, but somehow it emerged from the depths of my memory! Fortunately, there is always someone in our circle who is willing (and very able) to remind us about the mistakes we may be repeating!

  10. nick says:

    It must be infuriating to parents when other people feel entitled to advise them on their child-rearing. Good for you having a word with the father.

    So that’s what tales are for!

  11. My “folks” like the statement “what goes around comes around”. Pretty much means the same as the two statements above but we’re not big on directly copying from “the man” lol

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