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Just sit back and relax....remember those good old days as you

read this little story


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, dodgeball.

Mother May I?

Red Rover and Roly Poly

Hula Hoops

Running through the sprinkler

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



Watching Saturday Morning cartoons...

short commercials

Fat Albert, Road Runner, He-Man,

The Three Stooges, and Bugs,

Or staying up for Gunsmoke


Or back further, listening to Superman on

the radio


When around the corner seemed far away,

And going downtown seemed like going



A million mosquito bites.

Sticky fingers.

Cops and Robbers, Cowboys and Indians, Zorro.

Climbing trees,

Building igloos out of snow banks

Walking to school, nomatter 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 dizzy and 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 motorcycle.


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 "gym."

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 miracle.

When milk went up one cent and everyone talked about it for weeks?

When you'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny.



When you got your windshield cleaned, oil

checked, and gas pumped, without asking, 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 nearly everyone's mom was at home when the kids got there.

When it took five minutes for the TV to warm up, if you even had one.

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



When girls neither dated nor kissed until late high

school, if then.

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 him to carry groceries, and

nobody, not even the kid, thought a thing of it.


When they threatened to keep kids back a

grade if they failed ..and did!

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



Didn't that feel good.. just to go back and say,

Yeah, I remember that!

Remember when............


Decisions were made by going


Mistakes were corrected by simply

exclaiming, "do over!"

"Race issue" meant arguing about who ran the fastest.

Money issues were handled by whoever was the

banker in "Monopoly."

The worst thing you could catch from the

opposite sex was cooties.

It was unbelievable that dodgeball wasn't an

Olympic event.

Having a weapon in school, meant being

caught with a slingshot.

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


Abilities were discovered because of a



Older siblings were the worst tormentors,

but also the fiercest protectors.


If you can remember most or all of these, then you have LIVED!!!!

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I remember ALL of those things.....I guess my life was okay after all ;) ....





ps- Thanks for the memories :)

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