Way Back When

I’m talkin’ bout hide and go seek at dusk.

Sittin’ on the porch

Hot bread and butter.

Eatin’ a ‘super-dooper sandwich'(Dagwood)

Chocolate milk

Penny candy in a brown paper bag.

Hopscotch, butterscotch, doubledutch Jacks, kickball, dodgeball, y’all!

Mother, May I?

Hula Hoops and Sunflower Seeds, Jaw breakers, blowpops, Mary Janes,

Running through the sprinkler (I can’t get wet! All right, well don’t wet my hair….)

The smell of the sun and lickin’ salty lips….


Catchin’ lightening bugs in a jar

Playin sling shot and Red Rover.

When around the corner seemed far away, And going downtown seemed like going somewhere.

Bedtime, Climbing trees,

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

Being tickled to death

Running 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…

What about the girl that had the big bubbly handwriting??

Licking the beaters when your mother made a cake.

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 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 huge bonus.

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. Disapproval of our parents and grandparents was a much bigger threat!

Being sent to the drugstore to test vacuum tubes for the TV.

When Kool-Aid was the only drink for kids, other than milk and sodas.

When it took five minutes for the TV to warm up.



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