Take a few minutes to look back, it really feels good. Have a
Close your eyes.....And go back in time....
Before the Internet or the MAC,
Before semi automatics and crack,
Before SEGA or Super Nintendo...Way back........
I'm talking about hide and seek at dusk.
The Good Humor man, Red light, green light.
The corner store.
Hopscotch, butterscotch, doubledutch, jacks, kickball, dodge ball.
Mother May I? Red Rover and Roly Poly, Hula Hoops, Running through the
The smell of the sun and licking salty lips....Wax lips and mustaches.
An ice cream cone on a warm summer night, Chocolate or vanilla or
strawberry or maybe butter pecan.
A cherry coke from the fountain at the corner drug store.
Wait......Watching Saturday Morning cartoons...short commercials,
Fat Albert, Road Runner, He-Man, The Three Stooges, and Bugs,
Or staying up late for Gunsmoke, Or back further, listening to
Superman on the radio.
When around the corner seemed far away,
And going downtown seemed like going somewhere.
A million mosquito bites.
Cops and Robbers, Cowboys and Indians, Zorro.
Climbing trees, Building igloos out of snow banks...Walking to
matter what the weather.
Running till you were out of breath.
Laughing so hard that your stomach hurt.
Jumping on the bed. Pillow fights, Spinning around, getting
falling down was cause for giggles.
Being tired from playing....Remember that?
The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team.
War was a card game.
Water balloons were the ultimate weapon.
Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a
I'm not finished just yet...
Eating Kool-aid powder.
Remember when...there were two types of sneakers for girls and
boys Keds & PF Flyers) and the only time you wore them at school, was for
It wasn't odd to have two or three "best" friends.
When nobody owned a purebred dog.
When a quarter was a decent allowance, and another quarter a
When milk went up one cent and everyone talked about it for
When you'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny.
When you got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas
without asking, all for free, every time.
And, you didn't pay for air. And, you got trading stamps to
When laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels
inside the box.
When nearly everyone's mom was at home when the kids got
When it took five minutes for the TV to warm up, if you even
When your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces.
It was magic when dad would "remove" his thumb.
When it was considered a great privilege to be taken out to
dinner at a
real restaurant with your parents.
When girls neither dated nor kissed until late high school, if
When all of your male teachers wore neckties and female
teachers had their hair done.
When any parent could discipline any kid, or feed him or use
carry groceries, and nobody, not even the kid, thought a thing
When they threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed
When being sent to the principal's office was nothing compared
to the fate that awaited a misbehaving 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! and
some of us are still afraid of them!!!
Didn't that feel good.. just to go back and say, Yeah, I
Remember when............Decisions were made by going
Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, "do
"Race issue" meant arguing about who ran the
Money issues were handled by whoever was the banker in
The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was
It was unbelievable that dodge ball wasn't an Olympic event.
Having a weapon in school, meant being caught with a
Nobody was prettier than Mom.
Scrapes and bruises were kissed and made better.
Taking drugs meant orange-flavored chewable aspirin.
Ice cream was considered a basic food group.
Getting a foot of snow was a dream come true.
Abilities were discovered because of a
Older siblings were the worst tormentors, but also the fierce
If you can remember most or all of these, then you have
Pass this on to anyone who may need a break from their
I DOUBLE DOG DARE YA!!!