Thinking of you................DO
YOU REMEMBER WHEN ....?
All the girls
had ugly gym uniforms?
It took 5
minutes for the TV warm up?
everyone's Mom was at home when the kids got home from
Nobody owned a
When a quarter
was a decent allowance?
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 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?
detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden
inside the box?
considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner
at a real
restaurant with your parents?
threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed. and
When a 57 Chevy
was everyone's dream car...to cruise,
peel out, lay
rubber or watch submarine races, and people went
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 "
baseball with no adults to help kids with the rules of
Stuff from the
store came without safety caps and hermetic seals
because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect
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?
sent to the principal's office was nothing
compared to the
fate that awaited the student at home?
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.
Send this on
to someone who can still remember
Nancy Drew, the
Laurel and Hardy,
and the Peanut Gallery,
Ranger, The Shadow Knows,
Roy and Dale, Trigger and Buttermilk.
As well as
summers filled with bike rides, baseball games,
bowling and visits to the pool,
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, 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?
Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside
Soda pop machines
that dispensed glass bottles
with tableside jukeboxes
Clove and Teaberry chewing gum
delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
before the movie
numbers with a word prefix...(Raymond 4-601).
45 RPM records
Metal ice cubes
trays with levers
Beanie and Cecil
Cork pop guns
The Fuller Brush
The Fort Apache
5 cent packs
of baseball cards -
with that awful
pink slab of bubble gum
35 cent a gallon
Jiffy Pop popcorn
remember a time when...
made by going "eeny-meeny-miney-moe"?
corrected by simply exclaiming, "Do Over!"?
meant arguing about who ran the fastest?
fireflies could happily occupy an entire evening?
It wasn't odd
to have two or three "Best Friends"?
thing you could catch from the opposite sex was
Having a weapon
in school meant being caught with a slingshot?
A foot of snow
was a dream come true?
cartoons weren't 30-minute commercials for action
made perfect sense?
getting dizzy, and falling down was cause for giggles?
embarrassment was being picked last for a team?
War was a card
in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle?
meant orange-flavored chewable aspirin?
were the ultimate weapon?
If you can
remember most or all of these, then you have