the girls had ugly gym uniforms?
It took five minutes for the TV warm up?
Nearly everyone's Mom was at home when the
kids got home from school?
Nobody owned a purebred dog?
When a quarter was a decent allowance?
You'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny?
Your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces?
All your male teachers wore neckties and female
teachers had their hair done every day and wore
You got your windshield cleaned, oil checked,
and gas pumped, without asking, all for free,
And you didn't pay for air? And,
you got trading stamps to boot?
Laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or
towels hidden inside the box?
It was considered a great privilege to be
taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with
They threatened to keep kids back a grade if
they failed . . . and they did?
When a '57 Chevy was everyone's dream car . .
cruise, peel out, lay rubber or watch submarine
races, and people went steady?
No one ever asked where the car keys were
because they were always in the car, in the
ignition, and the doors were never locked?
Lying on your back in the grass with your
and saying things like, "That cloud looks like
a . . . ."
Playing baseball with no adults to help kids
with the rules of the game?
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
But we survived because their love was greater
than the threat.
can still remember . . . .
Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, Laurel and Hardy,
Howdy Dowdy and the Peanut Gallery,
the Lone Ranger, the Shadow Knows,
Nellie Bell, Roy and Dale, Trigger and
As well as summers filled with bike rides,
baseball games, hula hoops, bowling and visits
to the pool, and eating Kool-Aid powder with
Didn't that feel good, just to go back and
say, "Yeah, I remember that." ?
And remember that the perfect age is somewhere
between old enough to know better
too young to care.
many of these do you remember?
Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar
Soda pop machines that dispensed glass
Coffee shops with tableside jukeboxes.
Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry Chewing Gum
Home milk delivery in glass bottles with
Newsreels before the movie.
Telephone numbers with a word prefix . . . .
45 RPM Records
Metal ice cubes trays with levers.
Beanie and Cecil
Cork Pop Guns
The Fuller Brush Man
Reel-To-Reel Tape Recorders
The Fort Apache Play Set
15 cent McDonald Hamburgers
5 cent packs of baseball cards with that
awful pink slab of bubble gum
35 cent a gallon gasoline.
Jiffy Pop Popcorn
you remember a time when . . . .
Decisions were made by going
Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming,
"Race issue" meant arguing about who ran the
Catching the fire flies could happily occupy
an entire evening?
It wasn't odd to have two or three "Best
The worst thing you could catch from the
opposite sex was "cooties"?
Having a weapon in school meant being caught
with a sling shot?
A foot of snow was a dream come true?
Saturday morning cartoons weren't 30 minute
commercials for action figures?
"Oly-oly-outen-free" made perfect sense?
Spinning around, getting dizzy, and falling
down was cause for giggles?
The worst embarrassment was being picked last
for a team?
War was a card game?
Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any
bike into a motorcycle?
Taking drugs meant orange-flavored chewable
Water balloons were the ultimate weapon?
you can remember most or all of these, then you
have lived !
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