As Time Goes By.


Dear Reader  

As Time Goes By

Letters to my Granddaughter

A warm welcome to my website.

As time goes by, thinking about, what next, is there still something new to discover? Sitting back, I think about the discoveries being made we hear every day. The changes and developments over the last couple of centuries are phenomenal.

Outer Space has already been explored too.

My Parents my Foundation.

My parents were born very early in the previous century, therefore, witnessed so many magnificent inventions, happenings and discoveries.

The first car the Model T Ford was just invented. The Great Depression lived through both world wars, the flying of the first aircraft. Boeing and many spaceships thereafter experienced the landing on the moon. The first kidney and heart transplants, the microwave, into the next century witnessing the tragedy of 911, to name a few.

New discoveries and events have marked their timeline and they witnessed it all, almost, from one century to another.

As time goes by a dedication to my parents Willie and Mien Kok

Photo of my parents Willie and Mien Kok

As Time Goes By

Letters to my Granddaughter

My Life.

The ending of the second world war marked the beginning of my lifetime. Growing up as the only child with the best parents a child could wish for, was a privilege. Growing old was fascinating,  witnessing so many events and discoveries. Between the three of us, we covered more than one and a half-century full of happenings.

Rock and Roll and Elvis Presley was a game-changer for young people. Silent movies, Cinerama, and using virtual reality techniques today when making new movies, electronics, the digital age with Silicone Valley. Cell phones, the Internet, Google, computer games, Tesla solar-powered cars, robots replacing people in all walks of life to name a few.


This is all about lifestyle and habit changes of people over time. All the developments over the past few decades had an influence on society.

Changes in political, social and family lifestyles were inevitable. As a matter of fact, it is hard to find honest and sincere people, in other words, people with integrity.

Most people have a self-centred image and appearance to maintain. Wanting to fit into society, is more important than being themselves. It is essential, because, acceptance has become a priority. On the other hand, there are still wonderful selfless people around that makes it all worthwhile.

Growing up with different values as young adults of today makes it sometimes hard to understand.

Life has changed from warm caring families and communities to be clinical impersonal cold and competitive. A world with disconnected societies.

Even the way we eat has changed dramatically, from wholesome natural food to genetically modified synthetic products, hardly healthy food.

All is not bad though, there are many advantages that came with the new millennium. Greater choices in almost everything, just think about commerce, the world has become a small place because of new technology.

As Time Goes By.

Letters to my Granddaughter

My Mission.

With these letters to my Granddaughter, I would love to give the new generation a glimpse of an era gone by. The good old days, where all was natural from food, friendships business and societies, were not too bad.

Most old habits can be successfully implemented today, certainly, it will counterbalance the manipulative ways of modern society. Basic values never change, in short, it only gets neglected and forgotten.

Become a person with own values, therefore distance yourself. Leave the flock of sheep who is walking the streets behind. A free thinker and uniquely you. Set high standards and follow clear values.

The new life a young person enters after education is different from the closed communities growing up and study in.

These letters make an effort to assist in the transition to make life great. I once heard this saying about the big world out there:

“Dog eats Dog and if you are not careful you will get swallowed!”

Guiding and motivating young adults, and in the process, develop a strong stable personality and vision. To have confidence and self-esteem for a better future, therefore, building healthy content relationships.

The letters are by no means professional advice, but personal experience and knowledge gain by curiosity.

Beginning the letters with self-development and relationships, then branch out to add practical housekeeping and easy recipes when cooking.

Making life easier for young couples in their hectic everyday schedule, getting inspired to live a happy and successful life.

This site represents and exemplifies old-world ethics from years gone by, for everybody who wants to read it.

Questions, requests and suggestions will be greatly appreciated, it can be added in the comment section below every letter. Finding answers together will be fun. Relationships are the most important topic to discuss, hence, it is the core of one’s happiness and success.

As time goes by, letters to my granddaughter Thinette

My granddaughter with her cat

These letters are addressed to my only Granddaughter, but in the same breath, could easily be addressed to my Grandson. It attends to life’s lessons they both will encounter.

As Time Goes By

Letters to my Granddaughter

Guiding and at the same time giving insight to those good old days as it is said. How life was lived, but most of all, it is meant to highlight changes as time goes by.


I want the legacy of my parents, and most of all what they have taught me to stay alive. Let it continue being an aid to others, as well as never to be forgotten.

 Read these letters with an open mind. Feel free to comment and agree or disagree. It will be very interesting to hear your opinions, suggestions, and experiences.

Take from it what you need, apply and live a better life.

Be Successful and most of all Happy.
Fulfil your dreams and goals with the help of old-world glory.

Kind regards

Granny Stella