Remember When

I recently received this "Remember When" email from a friend. Iíve revised it somewhat and will share it with you as my journal entry this week. It reads as follows:

"With all the progress we have in the world today, 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?


It took five minutes for the TV warm up.

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.

Your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces.

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 inside the box.

It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents.

Kids were kept back a grade if they failed.

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.

When a 57 Chevy was everyone's dream cruise, peel out and lay rubber.

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 .."

Playing baseball with no adults to help kids with the rules of the game.

What about summers filled with bike rides, baseball games,
Hula Hoops, bowling and visits to the pool,
and eating Kool-Aid powder with sugar. Stuff from the store came without safety caps and hermetic seals
because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger.
How many 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.

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 or drug stores with jukeboxes
Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum
Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
Newsreels before the movies

PF. Fliers

Telephone numbers that began with TA3.
Party lines
Howdy Doody
45 RPM records
Top Value or 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
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".

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!"


A look back at a 1960's photograph of that year's new Chevrolets on display at Overton County Motor Company located then on East Main Street in Livingston.