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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Thinking Back

Well, I got this email from a friend of mine. I thought it was excellent so I wanted to share it with everyone I could. What better place than here!!

Close your eyes...And go back.

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....
.Go 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 first no....second....third street light came on

Ring around the Rosie
London Bridge
Hot potato
Hop Scotch
Jump rope

Parents stood on the front porch and yelled (or whistled) for you to come home - no pagers or cell phones

Take One Giant Step..... May I?

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.

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
Tom and Jerry,
serial adventures,
Captain Midnight,
Cisco Kid,
The Lone Ranger,
Boston Blackie.

Catching 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 in those long swings to try and reach the sky.

A million mosquito bites and sticky fingers.

Jumpin' down the steps

Jumpin' on the bed.

Pillow fights.

Runnin' home from the western movie you just saw 'til you were out of breath.

Laughing so hard that your stomach hurt.

Being tired from PLAYING.

WORK: meant taking out the garbage, cutting the grass, washing the car, 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 and the smell of damp concrete and chalk erasers

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 of your bike.

Attaching pieces of cardboard to your bike frame to rub against your spokes.

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 from school.
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 the cafeteria and it was a real treat.

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. We simply did not want our parents to get mad at us.

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.

Catching 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.

Nobody was prettier than Mom.

Scrapes and bruises were kissed by mom and made better.

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.

If you can remember most or all of these, then you have lived during a more pleasant simpler time !

Water balloons were the ultimate, ultimate weapon.

If you can remember most or all of these, then you have lived during a more pleasant simpler time !

I wonder how many of you that I have sent this to remember all of these things. I know some of you are my vintage

Those of you who remember will have lived in an era that no one else will ever experience. The era has passed and slowly those of us who lived it are passing also.

If you do not remember, then ask your parents, grand parents or great grand parents. We went from am radio to the stars.

Your era is here, be part of it. Make it worthwhile for future generations to build on.

Keep God in your lives.


That's It For Today!!


A couple of newer paintings 2019 said...

I remember!

What about:
leaving meat out on the counter to thaw and no one died from eating it

dressing up to go to church on Sunday

black & white TV

crank phonographs

78's and 45's

parents always knew best and you'd better obey!


There are so many more!

Anonymous said...

I can remember those times like it was yesterday. They were great times.I was lucky enough to pass those times with my kids(every weekend)in the woods. Modern society due to the teck world we now live in has(I believe)taken more from children than it gave.

Anonymous said...

Jenny, I enjoyed "Thinking back"

Something I thought of was all the cow's milk we drank,
UN-pastuerized !!!

We got a clean bucket, milked the cow, strained the milk, some of it we kept for making butter and cheese, the rest went into the milk can which was picked up by the milkman. Maybe it was delivered to Johnson City or Bristol where they did pasteurize it.
My grandma made and sold cheese to a few people in Mtn City, she could hardly keep some for us to eat.

Nancy in Texas

Speedy said...

Yes I was there


Tumbleweed Dee said...

I still thaw all meat on the counter. What happened, when did things change? computers mainly, but sure liked NOT having to lock my car everytime I leave it or locking the doors AND windows when we leave, even for a few minutes. I liked the old times.