Thursday, April 05, 2007

The Good Old Days

My Mom sent me the following text. It really brought back some memories for me, so I thought I would share it here.....
Close your eyes...
And go back...
...Before the Internet or PC or the MAC...
...Before semi-automatics and crack...
...Before Playstation, SEGA, Super Nintendo, even before Atari... ...Before cell phones, CD's, DVD's, voicemail and e-mail...
...way back...
...way...way...way back...
I'm talkin' bout Hide and Seek at dusk Red light, Green light Red Rover...Red Rover... Playing kickball & dodgeball until the Streetlight came on
Ring around the Rosie
London Bridge
Hot potato
Hop Scotch
Jump rope!!! YOU'RE IT!!
Parents stood on the front porch and yelled (or whistled) for you to come home - no pagers or cell phones
Mother May I?
Hula Hoops
Seeing shapes in the clouds
Endless summer days and hot summer nights (no A/C) with the windows open
The sound of crickets
Running through the sprinkler
Happy Meals
Cereal boxes with that GREAT prize in the bottom
Cracker jacks with the same thing
Ice pops with 2 sticks you could break and share with a friend ...but wait...there's more... Watchin' Saturday Morning cartoons
Fat Albert, Road Runner, Smurfs, Picture Pages, G-Force & He-Man, Schoolhouse Rock
Watchin' Sunday morning oldies (Abbott & Costello, Three Stooges) Wonder Woman & Super Man Underoos FONZIE...AYYYYYYYY Playing Dukes of Hazard
Catchin' lightning bugs in a jar
Christmas morning
Your first day of school
Bedtime Prayers and Goodnight Kisses
Climbing trees
Swinging as high as you could to try and reach the sky
Getting an Ice Cream off the Good Humor Truck
A million mosquito bites and sticky fingers
Jumpin' down the steps
Jumpin' on the bed
Pillow fights
A 13" black and white TV in your room meant you were RICH
Runnin' till you were out of breath
Laughing so hard that your stomach hurt
Being tired from PLAYING
WORK: meant taking out the garbage or doing the dishes
Your first crush
Your first kiss (I mean the one that you kept your mouth CLOSED and your eyes OPEN
Rainy days at school meant playing "Heads up 7UP" or hangman" in The classroom, Remember that?
Oh, I'm not finished yet...
Kool-Aid was the drink of the summer So was a swig from the hose
Giving your friends a ride on your handlebars
Wearing your new shoes on the first day of school
Class Field Trips with soggy sandwiches
When nearly everyone's mom was at home when the kids got there
When a quarter seemed like a fair allowance; And another quarter a MIRACLE
When ANY parent could discipline ANY kid, or feed him, or use him To carry groceries...And nobody, not even the kid, thought a thing of it.
When your parents took you to McDonalds and you were COOL
When being sent to the principal's office was nothing compared to The fate that awaited you 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 em!

Didn't that feel good? Just to go back and say, "Yeah, I remember That!" Well, let's keep going!! Let's go back to the time when... Decisions were made by going "eeny-meeny-miney-MO"
Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, "do over!"
"Race issues" meant arguing about who ran the fastest.
Money issues were handled by whoever was the banker in "monopoly"
Catching fireflies could happily occupy an entire evening
It wasn't odd to have two or three "best" friends.
Being old, referred to anyone over 20.
The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was cooties.
Nobody was prettier than Mom
Scrapes and bruises were kissed by mom or grandma and made better
It was a big deal to finally be tall enough to ride the "big people" rides at the amusement park.
Getting a foot of snow was a dream come true.
Abilities were discovered because of a "double-dog-dare"
Spinning around, getting dizzy and falling down was cause for giggles.
The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team.
Water balloons were the ultimate, ultimate weapon.
Older siblings were your worst tormentors, but also your fiercest protector
If you can remember most or all of these, then you have LIVED!!! Pass this on to anyone who may need a break from their "grown up" life...I TRIPLE DOG DARE YA!!!!!!

The picture at the begining of this post is my Father-in-Law playing his fiddle for the children....

............last month.

Did you think that was an old photo?
It was taken on My Aunt-in-Law's camera and I scanned it. Those are my neices dancing with her. I hope we are making some old fashioned memories for our children.


Dina said...

At the local schools here in birzebbuga, Malta, teachers are asking the children to bring skipping ropes, hoola hoops, balls and marbles so they could play during their lunch breaks and encourage more active play, which I so agree with. My daughter who will be 7 in june never played with a play station I try and take them out as much as possible and encourage them to be active. SO I say yes for the good old games!!!

BarbaraMG said...

That was fabulous! I am going to e mail it to all my old girlfriends. Thanks!

ellen said...

What a charming photo! I'd love to be one of those nieces.

Josie said...

What a wonderful post. I hate to admit I remember most of that stuff.



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