The forty and over crowd will enjoy this back to the past post. It takes you back to when life was methodical, men wore suits on a daily basis, and a quarter was big money.
It takes you back to when smartphones didn’t exist but phone booths did. Gas stations sold gas and repaired cars and didn’t meddle in the food business because just down the street was a restaurant or drugstore soda counter that provided those provisions.
Grocery stores sold groceries, department stores sold clothes, and hardware stores sold hardware.
Yes, this is a ride back in time where I would be writing this with my trusty #2 pencil in my Big Chief tablet.
Enjoy the ride!!
Do you remember????…………
All the girls had ugly gym uniforms?
It took five minutes for the TV to warm up?
Nearly everyone’s Mom was at home when the kids got home from school?
Nobody owned a purebred dog?
You’d reach into a muddy gutter for a penny?
All your male teachers wore neckties and female teachers had their hair done every day and wore high heels?
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?
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 your parents?
They threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed. And they did it!
When a 57 Chevy was everyone’s dream car…to 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 friends?
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?
When being sent to the principal’s office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited the student at home?
Teach these kids some respect.
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.
Summers filled with bike rides, baseball games, Hula Hoops, bowling and visits to the pool, and eating Kool-Aid powder with sugar.
Didn’t that feel good, just to go back and say, ‘Yeah, I remember that’?
And How About These ??
Bubble Gum cigarettes
Orange harmonicas made out of chewable sweet wax
Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles.
Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum.
Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers.
Newsreels before the movie.
Telephone numbers with a word prefix….(Raymond 4-601). Party lines.
Cracker Jacks with the prize.
Hi-Fi’s & 45 RPM records.
78 RPM records!
The Fort Apache Play Set.
Do You Remember a Time When..
Decisions were made by going ‘eeny-meeny-miney-moe’?
Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, ‘Do Over!’?
‘Race issue’ meant arguing about who ran the fastest?
Catching The Fireflies Could Happily Occupy An Entire Evening?
It wasn’t odd to have two or three ‘Best Friends’?
The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was ‘cooties’?
Having a weapon in school meant being caught with a Slingshot?
Saturday morning cartoons weren’t 30-minute commercials for action figures?
‘Oly-oly-oxen-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 and not a lot of life and money expended in a foreign country?
Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle?
Taking drugs meant orange – flavored chewable aspirin?
Water balloons were the ultimate weapon?
If you can remember most or all of these, Then You Have Lived!!!!!!!
Gwin @ seekthebestblog honey, this one is for you.