Monday, October 20, 2008

Remember When....?

I know this has nothing to do with food, but I have been talking with my daughter about all of the things that are different these days, and thought I'd share....
Remember when:
nobody was prettier than mom
popsicles came with two sticks so you could share
playing kickball/dodgeball in the street until the streetlights came on
jumprope and hide & seek and red light, green light
your mom or dad on the porch yelling/whistling for you to come inside
endless summer days and hot summer nights with the windows open
saturday mornings with fat albert and schoolhouse rock
spiderman and batman underoos
first day of school, with brand new shoes
swinging on the playground knew if you did it long and hard enough you could go all the way over
a 13 inch tv in room with no remote meant you were rich
laughing so hard your stomach hurt
being tired from just goofing around
work meant doing dishes to get an allowance
Koolaid was the drink of the was a swig from the hose, and we didn't even die
field trips to the museum with soggy sandwiches for lunch
almost everybody's mom was at home when the kids got home from school
any parent could discipline any kid or feed them or ask them to carry groceries, and no one, not even the kid, thought anything of it.
being sent to the principals office was nothing compared to the fate that waited for you when you got home
we weren't in fear of drugs or gangs...our parents were a much bigger threat
getting a foot of snow was a dream come true
worst embarrassment being picked last for a team
water balloons were the ultimate weapon
brothers & sisters were your worst tormentors, but also your fiercest protectors
it wasn't odd to have 2 or 3 best friends
race problems meant arguing about who ran the fastest
mistakes were corrected by simply shouting do over!
big decisions were made by saying eenie meenie minie moe
and the worst thing you caught from the opposite sex was cooties

sports figures were actually someone to look up to
you didn't worry when a kid said he had some was only cola
teachers used rulers and no one sassed back
the man at the bank knew your name, and always gave you a penny for the gumball machine
all the fun that could be had on a warm summer evening just by catching lightning bugs in a jar?
step on a crack, break your mother's back (I still don't step on cracks!!)
the curly cord that attached the phone to the wall
making ice cream from snow
you knew all your neighbors, and they all knew you
when you got gas, not only did they pump the gas, but they also "served" you, by washing the windshield, checking the oil, and your tires
you could watch anything you wanted on t.v. long as that was what your father was watching.
a single tennis ball meant weeks of fun playing stoopball, stickball, handball and off the wall
running through the sprinklers...which didn't pop up out of the ground, but were set out on the lawn and swished back and forth in a big arc
building snow forts and igloos for the ultimate snowball fight
Campbell's tomato soup was 9 cents a can and didn't contain high fructose corn syrup
It was ok to call the Christmas parade by it's name, and not December Nights or Holiday Parade
cooking from scratch
shaking hands was as good as a 20 page contract
waking up in the morning and heading out the door...and not returning until dinner time, not because of work, but because of fun
shag carpet, bean bag chairs, 45's on the record player
hoola hoops, pogo sticks, and jump ropes
kindergarten was fingerpainting, snacks, naptime and storytelling
no matter what, everyone was home for dinner, and we ate it together at the table
and we behaved for fear that whatever we were thinking of doing would end up on our "Permanent Record"!

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