Wednesday, April 23, 2008

I REMEMBER WHEN I WAS A BOY

It took five minutes for the TV warm up?
All the girls had ugly gym uniforms?
Nearly everyone's Mum was at home when the kids got home from school?



Nobody owned a purebred dog?
When a shilling was decent pocket money?
You'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny?



Your Mum wore nylons that came in two pieces?
When blue jeans were only for manual 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 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?
When a Ford Anglia was everyone's dream car?



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 football with no adults to help kids with the rules of the game?



Stuff from the corner shop 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 savour the slower pace,and share it with the children of today?



When being sent to the headmasters office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited you 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.



As well as summers filled with bike rides, football games in the street, Hula Hoops, British Buldog, two balls and eating Sherbet powder with sugar.
Didn't that feel good, just to go back and say, "Yeah, I remember that"?



How many of these do you remember?

Sweet cigarettes
Triangular shaped cardboard juices that you used to freeze
Soft drink machines that dispensed glass bottles
Coffee shops with table side jukeboxes
Blackjacks, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum
Home milk delivery in glass bottles with tin foil lids
Newsreels before the movie
Telephone numbers with a word prefix
Party lines
Peashooters
45 RPM records
Green Stamps
Hi-Fi's
Metal ice cubes trays with levers
Roller-skate keys
Cork pop guns
Washtub wringers
Reel-To-Reel tape recorders
Magnetic football
Embassy Coupons
Football cards - with that awful pink slab of bubble gum


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?
It wasn't odd to have two or three "Best Friends"?
The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was "girl germs"?
Being gay meant being happy?
Having a weapon in school meant being caught with a catapult?
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 great game?
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 . .