This email remineded me of this thread. They aren't all *MY* memories, but many of them made me smile
Subject: Like it was Yesterday
I don't know which is scarier, remembering all of this or knowing that this all took place a tad pass yesterday.
With the climate in our world, I find it relaxing to walk down memory lane...
Not stepping on a crack or you'll break our mother's back ... paper chains at Christmas, silhouettes of Lincoln and Washington ... the smell of paste in school and "I see London I see France...." and the girl who dotted her "i's" with hearts?
The Stroll, popcorn balls, & sock hops.
Remember when ... there were two types of sneakers for girls and boys (Keds & PF Flyer) and the only time you wore them at school was for "gym" And the girls had those ugly gym uniforms.
When it took five minutes for the TV to warm up. When nearly everyone's Mom was at home when the kids got home from school. When nobody owned a
Purebred dog. When a quarter was a decent allowance. When you'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny. When your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces. When all of your male teachers wore neckties and female teachers had their hair done everyday and wore high heels.
When 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! When laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box. 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 the worst thing you could do at school was smoke in the bathrooms, flunk a test or chew gum. And the prom was in the auditorium and you danced to an orchestra.
When a '57 Chevy was everyone's dream car ... to cruise, peel out, lay rubber or watch races, and people went steady and girls wore a class ring with an inch of wrapped medical tape, dental floss or yarn coated with pastel frost nail polish so it would fit her finger. And 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.
Remember lying on your back on the grass with your friends and saying things like "That cloud looks like a..................."
And playing baseball with no adults to help kids with the rules of the game. Remember when stuff from the store came without safety caps and hermetic seals because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger.
And with all our progress ... don't you just wish, just once, you could slip back in time and savor the slower pace ... and share it with the children of today ... When being sent to the principal's office
was nothing compared to the fate that awaited the 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!
But we survived because their love was greater than the threat.
So send this on to someone who can still remember Nancy Drew, The Hardy
Boys, Laurel &Hardy, Howdy Doody and The Peanut Gallery, The Lone Ranger, The Shadow Knows, Nellie Belle, Roy and Dale, Trigger and Buttermilk ... as well as the sound of a real mower on Saturday morning, and summers filled with bike rides, baseball games, 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...?"
I am sharing this with you today because it ended with a "double dog dare" to pass it on. To remember what a "double dog dare" is, read on. And remember that the perfect age is somewhere between old enough to know better and young enough not to care.
How many do you remember?
1. Candy cigarettes
2. Wax coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside
3. Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles
4. Coffee shops with table-side juke boxes
5. Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum
6. Home milk delivery in glass bottles, with cardboard stoppers
7. Party lines
8. Newsreels before the movie
9. P. F. Flyers
10. Butch wax
11. Telephone numbers with a word prefix ... (Franklin-5505)
13. Howdy Dowdy
14. 45 RPM Records
15. Green Stamps
17. Metal ice cube trays--with levers
18. Mimeograph paper
19. Blue flash Bulbs
20. Beanie and Cecil
21. Roller skate keys
22. Cork pop guns
23. Drive ins
25. Wash tub wringers
26. The Fuller Brush man
27. Reel-to-reel tape recorders
28. Tinker toys
29. The Erector Set
30. The Fort Apache Playset
31. Lincoln Logs
32. 15 cent McDonald hamburgers
33. 5 cent packs of baseball cards...with that awful pink slab of bubble
34. Penny candy
35. 35 cent-a-gallon gasoline
36. Jiffy Pop popcorn
A TIME WHEN.....................
37. Decisions were made by going "eeny-meeny-miney-mo."
38. Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming "do over!"
39. "Race issue" meant arguing about who ran the fastest.
40. Catching the fireflies could happily occupy an entire evening.
41. It wasn't odd to have two or three "best" friends.
42. The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was "cooties".
43. Having a weapon in school meant being caught with a slingshot.
44. A foot of snow was a dream come true.
45. Saturday morning cartoons weren't 30-minute ads for action figures.
46. "Oly-oly-oxen-free" made perfect sense.
47. Spinning around, getting dizzy, and falling down was cause for giggles.
48. The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team.
49. War was a card game.
50. Water balloons were the ultimate weapon.
51. Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle.
52. Taking drugs meant orange-flavored chewable aspirin.
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....