Do you remember
All the girls had
ugly gym uniforms?
It took five minutes
for the TV warm up?
Mom was at home when the kids got home from school? Nobody owned a purebred
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
You got your windshield
cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped, without asking,
all for free, every time?
And you didn't pay
And, you got trading
stamps to boot?
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
They threatened to
keep kids back a grade if they failed . . .and they did?
When a 57 Chevy was
everyone's dream car... to cruise, peel out, lay rubber or watch submarine races, and people went steady?
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,
Our parents and grandparents
were a much bigger threat! But we survived because their love was greater than the threat.
Send this on to someone
who can still 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. As well as summers filled
with bike rides, baseball games, Hula Hoops, bowling and visits to the
pool, and eating Kool-Aid powder with sugar. Didn't that feel good, just
to go back and say, "Yeah, I remember that"? I am sharing this
with you today because it ended with a double dog dare to pass it on. To remember what a double dog dare is,
And remember that
the perfect age is somewhere between old enough to know better and too
young to care. 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,
with a word prefix....(Raymond 4-601). Party lines, 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 ins, The Fuller
Brush Man, Reel-To-Reel tape recorders, Tinkertoys, Erector Sets, 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? The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was
"cooties"? Having a weapon in school meant being caught with
a slingshot? A foot of snow was a dream come true? Saturday morning cartoons
weren't 30-minute commercials for action figures? Spinning around, getting
dizzy, and falling down was cause for giggles?
The worst embarrassment
was being picked last for a team? War was a card game? Baseball cards
in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle? Taking drugs meant
orange-flavored chewable aspirin? Water balloons were the ultimate weapon? If you can remember
most or all of these, then you have lived!!!!!!! Pass this on to anyone
who may need a break from their "grown-up" life . . . I double-dog-dare-ya!
by Bob B., July 2003