All the girls had ugly gym uniforms?
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?
You’d reach 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
You got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped, without
all for free, every time?
And you di dn’t pay for air? And, you got trading stamps to boot?
Laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the
It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real
restaurant with your parents?
They threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed. . . and they
When a 57 Chevy was everyone’s dream car…to cruise, peel out, lay
rubber or watch submarine races, and people went steady?
No one ever asked where the car keys were because they were always in
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 baseball with no adults to help kids with the rules of the
Stuff from the store came without safety caps and hermetic seals because
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 savor the slower pace, and share it with the
children of today?
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.
Send this on to someone who can still 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.
As well as summers filled with bike rides, bas eball games, Hula Hoops,
bowling and visits to the pool, and eating 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?
Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside
Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles
Coffee shops with tableside jukeboxes
Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum
Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
Newsreels before the movie
Telephone 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 Man
Reel-To-Reel tape recorders
The Fort Apache Play Set
15 cent McDonald hamburgers
5 cent packs of baseball cards –
with that awful pink slab of bubble gum
35 cent a gallon gasoline
Jiffy Pop popcorn
Do you remember a time when…
Decisions we re 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”?
The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was “cooties”?
Having a weapon in school meant being caught with a slingshot?
A foot of snow was a dream come true?
Saturday morning cartoons weren’t 30-minute commercials for action
“Oly-oly-oxen-free” made perfect sense?
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 you!