GCHS 1961

A trip down memory lane

Close your eyes.....And go back....
Before the Internet or the MAC,
Before semi automatics and crack
Before chronic and indo
Before SEGA or Super Nintendo

Way back........
I'm talkin' bout hide and go seek at dusk.
Sittin' on the porch, Hot bread and butter.
The Good Humor man, Red light, Green light.
Chocolate milk, Lunch tickets,
Penny candy in a brown paper bag.

Playin' Pinball in the corner store.
Hopscotch, butterscotch, doubledutch Jacks, kickball, dodgeball, y'all!

Mother May I?
Red Rover and Roly Poly Hula Hoops and Sunflower Seeds,
Jolly Ranchers, Banana Splits Wax Lips and Mustaches  
Running through the sprinkler
The smell of the sun and lickin' salty lips....

Watchin' Saturday Morning cartoons, Fat Albert, Road Runer,
He-Man, The Three Stooges, and Bugs,
Or back further, listening to Superman on the radio
Catchin' lightening bugs in a jar, Playin sling shot.
When around the corner seemed far away, And going
downtown seemed like going somewhere.

Bedtime, Climbing trees, An ice cream cone on a warm
summer night
Chocolate or vanilla or strawberry or maybe butter pecan
A lemon coke from the fountain at the corner drug store
A million mosquito bites and sticky fingers,

Cops and Robbers, Cowboys and Indians,
Sittin on the curb, Jumpin down the steps, Jumpin on the bed. Pillow fights
Runnin till you were out of breath
Laughing so hard that your stomach hurt
Being tired from playin'.... Remember that?

I ain't finished just yet...
Eating Kool-aid powder with sugar Remember when...
When there were two types of sneakers for girls and boys
(Keds & PF Flyers)
and the only time you wore them at school, was for "gym."
When it took five minutes for the TV to warm up, if you
even had one.

When nearly everyone's mom was at home when the kids
got there.
When nobody owned a purebred dog.
When a quarter was a decent allowance, and another quarter a miracle.
When milk went up one cent and everyone talked about it for weeks?
When you'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny.
When girls neither dated nor kissed until late high school,
if then.
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.

When you got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped, without asking, 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 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 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 being sent to the principal's office was nothing compared
to the fate that awaited a misbehaving 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!
and some of us are still afraid of em!!!
Didn't that feel good.. just to go back and say, Yeah, I
remember that!

There's nothing like the good old days! 
They were good then, and they're good now when
we think about them.    

Share some of these thoughts with a friend who can relate,
then share it with someone that missed out on them.

Author Unknown

More memories
  1. You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compelling reason why we observe daylight-savings time.
  2. You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely
    suggests you think she's pregnant unless you can see an actual baby
    emerging from her at that moment.
  3. The most powerful force in the universe is gossip.
  4. The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age,
    gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that, deep down
    inside we ALL believe that we are above-average drivers.
  5. There comes a time when you should stop expecting other people to make a big deal about your birthday. That time is age 11.
  6. There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."
  7. People who want to share their religious views with you almost
    never want you to share yours with them.
  8. If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human
    race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be "meetings."
  9. The main accomplishment of almost all organized protests is to
    annoy people who are not in them.
  10. If there really is a God who created the entire universe with
    all of its glories, and He decides to deliver a message to humanity, He WILL
    NOT use, as His messenger, a person on cable TV with a bad hairstyle.
  11. You should not confuse your career with your life.
  12. A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a
    nice person.
  13. No matter what happens, somebody will find a way to take it too seriously.
  14. When trouble arises and things look bad, there is always one individual who perceives a solution and is willing to take command. Very often, that individual is crazy.
  15. Your friends love you anyway.
  16. Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.

Submitted by Rick Stone


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