Take a stroll with me and go back, before the Internet...
before semi-automatics and crack' before SEGA or Super
Nintendo. Way back! I'm talking about sitting on the curb,
sitting on the step, about hide and go seek, Simon Says,
Red light - Green light. Lunch Boxes with a thermos.
Chocolate milk, going home for lunch, penny candy from
the store, hopscotch, butterscotch, skates with keys, Jacks,
Hula Hoops and sunflower seeds, wax lips and mustaches,
Mary Janes, saddle shoes and Coke bottles with the names
of cities on the bottom. Running through the sprinkler,
circle pins, bobby pins, Mickey Mouse Club, Rocky &
Bullwinkle, Kookla, Fran & Ollie, Spin & Marty, all in
black & white.
When around the corner seemed far away, and going
downtown seemed like going somewhere. Climbing trees,
making forts, backyard shows, lemonade stands, Cops and
Robbers, Cowboys and Indians, staring at clouds, jumping
on the bed, pillow fights, ribbon candy, angel hair on the
Christmas tree, Jackie Gleason, white gloves, walking to
the movie theater, running till you were out of breath,
laughing so hard that your stomach hurt. Remember that?
Not stepping on a crack or you'll break our mother's back,
paper chains at Christmas, silhouettes of Lincoln and
Washington the smell of paste in school and evening in
Paris. What about the girl who dotted her i's" with
hearts? The Stroll, popcorn balls, & sock hops.
Remember when: There were two types of sneakers for girls
and boys (Keds & PF Flyer) and the only time you wore them
at school was for "gym." And the girls had those ugly gym
uniforms. When it took five minutes for the TV to warm up.
When nearly everyone's Mom was at home when the kids
got home from school. When nobody owned a purebred dog.
When a quarter was a decent allowance, when you'd reach
into a muddy gutter for a penny.
When your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces. When
all of your male teachers wore neckties and female teachers
had their hair done, everyday and wore high heels. When
you got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped,
without asking, all for free, every time. And, you didn't pay
for air. And, you got trading stamps to boot!
When laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels
hidden inside the box. When it was considered a great
privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with
your parents. When they threatened to keep kids back a
grade if they failed -- and did! When the worst thing you
could do at school was smoke in the bathrooms, flunk a test
or chew gum. And the prom was in the auditorium and you
danced to an orchestra. When a '57 Chevy was everyone's
dream car. . . To cruise, peel out, lay rubber or watch
submarine races, and people went steady and girls wore a
class ring with an inch of wrapped bandaids, dental floss or
yarn coated with pastel frost nail polish so it would fit her
finger. And no one ever asked where the car keys were because
they were always in the car, in the ignition, and the doors were
Remember lying on your back on the grass with your friends
and saying things like "That cloud looks like a -- " And playing
baseball with no adults to help kids with the rules of the game.
Remember when stuff from the store came without safety caps
and hermetic Seals because no one had yet tried to poison a
perfect stranger. And with all our progress... don't you just wish,
just once, you could slip back in time and savor the slower pace...
and share it with the children of today... When being sent to the
principal's office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited
the student at home. Basically, we were in fear for our lives, but
it wasn't because of drive by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc. Our
parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat! But we
survived because their love was greater than the threat.
So send this on to someone who can still remember Nancy Drew,
The Hardy Boys, Laurel & Hardy, Howdy Doody and The
Peanut Gallery, The Lone Ranger, The Shadow Knows, Nellie
Belle, Roy and Dale, Trigger and Buttermilk as well as the
sound of a reel mower on Saturday morning, and summers filled
with bike rides, baseball games, bowling and visits to the pool
hall.. and eating Kool-Aid powder with sugar.
Didn't that feel good, just to go back and say, "Yeah, I
If you don't remember, you missed some good memories....
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IT WAS GOOD
Were you a kid in the Fifties or earlier? Everybody makes fun of our childhood! Comedians joke. Grandkids snicker. Twenty-something's shudder and say "Eeeew!" But was our childhood really all that bad? Judge for yourself:
In 1953 The US population was less than 150 million... Yet you knew more people then, and knew them better... And that was good.
The average annual salary was under $3,000... Yet our parents could put some of it away for a rainy day and still live a decent life... And that was good
A loaf of bread cost about 15 cents... But it was safe for a five-year-old to skate to the store and buy one... And that was good.
Prime-Time meant I Love Lucy, Ozzie and Harriet, Gunsmoke and Lassie... So nobody ever heard of ratings or filters... And that was good.
We didn't have air-conditioning... So the windows stayed up and half a dozen mothers ran outside when you fell off your bike... And that was good.
Your teacher was either Miss Matthews or Mrs. Logan or Mr. Adkins... But not Ms Becky or Mr. Dan... And that was good.
The only hazardous material you knew about... Was a patch of grassburrs around the light pole at the corner... And that was good.
You loved to climb into a fresh bed... Because sheets were dried on the clothesline... And that was good.
People generally lived in the same hometown with their relatives.. So "child care" meant grandparents or aunts and uncles... And that was good.
Parents were respected and their rules were law.... Children did not talk back..... and that was good.
TV was in black-and-white... But all outdoors was in glorious color....And that was certainly good.
Your Dad knew how to adjust everybody's carburetor... And the Dad next door knew how to adjust all the TV knobs.. And that was very good.
Your grandma grew snap beans in the back yard... And chickens behind the garage... And that was definitely good.
And just when you were about to do something really bad... Chances were you'd run into your Dad's high school coach... Or the nosy old lady from up the street... Or your little sister's piano teacher... Or somebody from Church.... ALL of whom knew your parents' phone number... And YOUR first name... And even THAT was good! ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Send this on to someone who can still remember Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, Laurel & Hardy, Abbott & Costello, Sky King, Little Lulu comics, Brenda Starr, Howdy Doody and The Peanut Gallery, The Lone Ranger, The Shadow Knows Nellie Belle, Roy and Dale, Trigger and Buttermilk as well as the sound of a real mower on Saturday morning, and summers filled with bike rides, playing cowboy, playing hide and seek and kick-the-can and Simon Says, baseball games, amateur shows at the local theater before the Saturday matinee, bowling and visits to the pool...and eating Kool-Aid powder with sugar, and wax lips and bubblegum cigars
Didn't that feel good, just to go back and say, Yeah, I remember that!