Close your eyes, and go back . . .
Before the Internet or the MAC; before semi-automatics and crack.
Way back. . .
I'm talkin' bout hide and go seek at dusk.
Sittin' on the
porch, hot bread and butter.
Eatin' a 'super-duper sandwich'
Red light--Green light!!
Chocolate milk. Lunch tickets.
candy in a brown paper bag.
Hopscotch, butterscotch, doubledutch, Jacks,
kickball, dodgeball, y'all!
Mother, May I?
Hula Hoops and Sunflower Seeds, Jaw breakers, blowpops.
Running through the sprinkler!!
I can't get wet! All right.
Well, don't get my hair wet.
The smell of the sun and lickin' salty
Wait. . .
Catchin' lightening bugs in a jar.
Playin sling shot and Red
When around the corner seemed far away, And going downtown seemed like
Bedtime, Climbing trees, a million mosquito bites and sticky
fingers, Cops and Robbers, Cowboys and Indians, Sittin on the curb.
down the steps, Jumpin on the bed.
Being tickled to death;
Runnin' till you were out of breath.
Laughing so hard that your stomach
Being tired from playin'. . . Remember that?
I ain't finished just yet . . .
What about the girl that had the big
bubbly hand writing??
Licking the beaters when your mother made a
Didn't that feel good. just to go back and say, Yeah, I remember that!
Remember when . . .
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
When nearly everyone's mom was at home when the kids got
When nobody owned a purebred dog.
When a quarter was a decent
allowance, and another quarter a huge bonus.
When you'd reach into a muddy
gutter for a penny.
When girls neither dated nor kissed until late high
school, if then.
When your mom wore nylons that came in two pieces.
all of your male teachers wore neckties and female teachers had their hair done,
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 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 it was considered a great privilege to be taken out to
dinner at a real restaurant with your parents.
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
Basically, we were in fear for our lives but it wasn't because of drive by
shootings, drugs, gangs, etc.
Disapproval of our parents and grandparents was
a much bigger threat!
If you can remember any of these things, I smile with you. Pass this on to
people you care about, it will make them smile too!! Talk of these things to
your children. Don't let these memories fade away completely. Just talking to
your children, friends, or loved ones, and trading memories is a joy. Life goes
quickly. Seize it!!