Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Good Ole Days


  • All the girls had ugly gym uniforms?

  • It took five minutes for the TV warm up...and every father was a home TV "technician"????

  • Nearly every one's Mom was at home when the kids got home from school?

  • Nobody owned a purebred dog?

  • When a quarter was a decent 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 to boot?

  • 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 real restaurant with your parents?

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

  • When a 55 Chevy was every one's dream cruise, peel out, lay rubber or watch submarine races, and people went steady?

  • 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?

  • 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 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.

Gee...I remember all of this! And they were the good ole days. When times were simple and families did things together. Things like eating dinner at the dining room table and going out for ice cream. Shoot, I recall my mom making homemade ice cream! I remember going to a drive in movie with them, and to the beach for a picnic. Does anyone go on picnics anymore?

The world has certainly changed since I was a kid. I think about my granddaughter and worry about what the world will be like for her as she grows and begins to step out into it without the protection of her family. Even kindergarten can be a dangerous place these days.

You can't stop progress, or change for that matter. And I wouldn't want to because some of it's for the better. Some day when our kids and grand kids look back, these will be the good ole days:)

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