Remember When?


All the girls had ugly gym uniforms?

It took five minutes for the TV warm up?

Nearly everyone's Mom was there when the kids got home from school?

Nobody owned a purebred dog?

When a quarter was a decent weekly allowance?

You'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny?

Your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces?

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, too!?

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 full-menu restaurant with your parents?

They threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed. . . and did?

When a 57 Chevy was everyone's dream car to cruise in, peel out, lay rubber, or watch submarine races . . . and girls and boys actually went steady?

No one ever asked where the car keys were because they were usually already 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 . . . " and playing baseball with no adults around 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?

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.

Remember Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, Laurel and Hardy, Howdy Dowdy and the Peanut Gallery, the Lone Ranger, The Shadow Knows, Nellie Bell, Roy and Dale, Trigger, and Buttermilk?

What about summers filled with bike rides, baseball games, Hula Hoops, bowling and visits to the pool, and eating Kool-Aid powder with sugar. If your an older adult, doesn't this bring back basic memories of innocent days?

And remember that the perfect age is somewhere between old enough to know better and too young to care.


How many of these do you remember?

Candy cigarettes . . . Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside . . . Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles . . . Coffee shops with tableside jukeboxes . . . Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum. . . Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers . . .Newsreels before the movie . . . P.F. Fliers, and telephone numbers had a word prefix like Raymond 4-601) and all lines were party?

And that's just for starters:

How about Peashooters, Howdy Dowdy, 45 RPM records, Green Stamps, Hi-Fi's, Metal ice cubes trays with levers, Mimeograph paper, Beanie and Cecil, Roller-skate keys, Cork pop guns, Drive in movies, Studebakers, Washtub wringers, The Fuller Brush Man, Reel-to-reel tape recorders, Tinkertoys, Erector Sets, The Fort Apache Play Set, Lincoln Logs, 15 cent McDonald hamburgers, 5 cent packs of baseball cards - with that awful pink slab of bubble gum, Penny candy, 35-cent-a-gallon gasoline, Jiffy Pop popcorn

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, and it wasn't odd to have two or three best Friends?

What about these?

The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was "cooties"?

Having a weapon in school meant being caught with a slingshot or used for the monthly after-school gun club about the safe usage of weapons?

A foot of snow was a dream come true?

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 Saturday afternoon card game?

Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle sound?

Taking drugs meant orange-flavored chewable aspirin?

Water balloons were the ultimate weapon?



Compliments Vina of WNC



"Freedom is Knowledge"