Close your eyes.....And go back in time....

Before the Internet or the MAC,

Before semiautomatics and crack

Before SEGA or Super Nintendo...

Way back........

I'm talking about hide and seek at dusk.

The Good Humor man, Red light, green light.

The corner store.

When Coke was still cola

and a "joint" was a bad place to be

Hopscotch, butterscotch, doubledutch, jacks,

kickball, dodgeball.

Mother May I?

Red Rover and Roly Poly.

Hula Hoops.

Running through the sprinkler.

The smell of the sun and licking salty lips....

Wax lips and mustaches.

An ice cream cone on a warm summer night.

Chocolate or vanilla or strawberry or maybe

butter pecan.

A cherry coke from the fountain at the corner

drug store.

Eating a popsicle and finding

the words "free popsicle" printed on one of the sticks

going back to the store and getting another for free


Studebakers, Packards, Nash Ramblers

Hudsons, Desotos and Kaiser/Frazers


Watching Saturday Morning cartoons ...

short commercials

Fat Albert, Road Runner, He-Man, The Three

Stooges, Bugs,

Or staying up for Gunsmoke

Or back further, The Eastside Kids, Deadend Kids, Bowery Boys.

Space Patrol, Broadway OpenHouse

Or even further back, Saturday morning radio shows

like Buster Brown Straight Arrow ,

 Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Hopalong Cassidy

and Sky King. Mailing in the wheaties

boxtop and getting the "glow in the dark" ring.

Evening radio shows like

The Judy Canova Show, Life of Riley, The Great Giltersleeve,

Duffy's Tavern, The Fat Man, Gang Busters and

Fibber Magee and Mollie

When around the corner seemed far away,

And going downtown seemed like going somewhere.

Pea-shooters, roller skates with 4 wheels

A million mosquito bites, catching lightening bugs in glass jars.

Sticky fingers from cotton candy at the county fair.

Cops and Robbers, Cowboys and Indians, Zorro.

Climbing trees, Building igloos out of snow banks.

Walking to school, no matter what the weather.

Running till you were out of breath.

Laughing so hard that your stomach hurt.

Jumping on the bed. Pillow fights.

Spinning around, getting dizzy and falling down was

cause for giggles.

Being tired from playing.... Remember that?

The worst embarrassment was being picked

last for a team.

War was a card game.

Water balloons were the ultimate weapon.

Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any

bike into a motorcycle.

I'm not finished just yet...

Eating Kool-Aid powder.

Remember when...

There were two types of sneakers for girls and boys

(Keds & PF Flyers) and the only time you wore them at

school was for "gym."

It wasn't odd to have two or three "best" friends.

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 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 trading stamps to boot!

When laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or

towels hidden inside the box.

When nearly everyone's Mom was at home when the kids

got there.

When it took five minutes for the TV or radio to warm up, if

you even had one.

When your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces.

It was magic when dad would "remove" his thumb.

When it was considered a great privilege to be taken

out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents.

When every restaurant had a jukebox.

When girls neither dated nor kissed until late High

School, if then.

When all of your male teachers wore neckties and

female teachers had their hair done.

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 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 them!!!

Didn't that feel good just to go back and say,

"Yeah, I remember that!"

Remember when...........

Decisions were made by going "eenie-meenie-miney-mo."

Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, "do


"Race issue" meant arguing about who ran the fastest.

Money issues were handled by whoever was the banker in


The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex

was cooties.

It was unbelievable that dodgeball wasn't an Olympic


Having a weapon in school meant being caught with a


Nobody was prettier than Mom.

Scrapes and bruises were kissed and made better.

Taking drugs meant orange-flavored chewable aspirin.

Ice cream was considered a basic food group.

Getting a foot of snow was a dream come true.

Abilities were discovered because of a


Older siblings were the worst tormentors, but also the

fiercest protectors.

If you can remember most or all of these then you have


Pass this on to anyone who may need a break from his

or her "grown up" life...