Sunday, April 22, 2007

Once Upon A Time


It took five minutes for the TV warm up?
All the girls had ugly gym uniforms?
Nearly everyone'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?
When blue jeans were only for work or play?
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 everyone'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.

Are you someone who can still remember:

Nancy Drew
the Hardy Boys
Laurel and Hardy
Howdy Doody 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 the e-mail sent to me ended with a double dog dare to pass it on.
To remember what a double dog dare is, read on.
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 table side jukeboxes
Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum
Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
Newsreels before the movie
P.F. Fliers

Telephone numbers with a word prefix....(KLondike 4-601).
Party lines
Howdy Doody
45 RPM records
Green Stamps
Metal ice cubes trays with levers
Mimeograph paper
Beanie and Cecil
Roller-skate keys
Cork pop guns
Drive ins
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?
It wasn't odd to have two or three "Best Friends"?
The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was "cooties"?
Being gay meant being happy?
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?
"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 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!

(This is similar to e-mails that I have posted before, but what harm can there be in reminiscing?)



diyadear said...

nice read..
i rem nancy drew n hardy boys!!! school days were terrific with them..

OldHorsetailSnake said...

I remember Katzenjammer Kids and Smokey Stover, too.

I remember all those things, except "Teaberry gum". I do remember, though, "Gimme a pack of Adams Pepsin chewing gum, please."

And finally, I remember gas at 25 cents! a gallon.

Soulsearcher said...
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Soulsearcher said...

Wow, what a blast from the past. I remember most of those things, except for going to a restaurant with my parents. I was 12 before I saw the inside of ANY restaurant.
That was a Mcdonald's, of course.

Anonymous said...

wow you just brought back a flood of memories.
I was trying to think of something to add but you've covered them all.

Jack K. said...

Is it imperative to have lived through it to reminisce about it?


I remember too much of that stuff, but I don't regret it one bit.

I worked at a gas station and pumped gas for 25 cents. That's right, I pumped it for the customer. We even had to wash the windshield and check the oil. Do you know how embarassing it is to be asked to check the oil and you don't know how? It doesn't take too long to learn.

Hale McKay said...

I pumped gas too, Jack? Do remember trying to "Find" where to put the gas in some of those cars?

There were some cleverly hidden ones, especially in the mid 50s to mid 60s.

kenju said...

I remember absolutely all of it, including Teaberry gum (Hoss, search your memory bank). So I am as old as dirt, no?