Remembering when . . . 

Close your eyes.....And go back....

       Before the Internet or the MAC,

       Before semi automatics and crack

       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  

       Wax shaped coke bottles with colored sugar water in them

       Running through the sprinkler

       The smell of the sun and lickin' salty lips....


      Watchin' Saturday Morning cartoons, Fat Albert, Road Runner,

      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  

      Milk delivery with cardboard stoppers 

      A lemon coke from the fountain at the corner drug store.

      A million mosquito bites and sticky fingers,

       Sittin on the curb,

       Cops and Robbers, Cowboys and Indians,

       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  

       Roller skates that you  tightened with a skate key

       (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.  

       Howdy Dowdy

       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 S&H trading stamps to boot!

       When laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels

       hidden inside the box.  

       Telephone numbers with a word prefix DRexel 5-5505

       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.




Al Marytka

Updated: 11/15/2010