When the worst
thing you could do at school was smoke in the bathrooms, flunk a test or
chew gum. And the banquets were in the cafeteria and we danced to a juke
box later, and all the girls wore fluffy pastel gowns and the boys wore
suits for the first time and we were allowed to stay out till 12 p.m.
When a '57 Chevy was everyone's dream car. . .
to cruise, peel out, lay rubber and watch drag races, and people went steady
and girls wore a class ring with an inch of wrapped dental floss or yarn
coated with pastel frost nail polish so it would fit her finger.
And no one ever asked where the car keys
were 'cause they were always in the car, in the ignition, and the doors
were never locked. And you got in bigtrouble if you accidentally locked
the doors at home, since no one ever had a key.
Remember lying on your back on 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 game.
Back then, baseball
was not a psychological group learning experience-it was a game.
Remember when stuff from the store came without
safety caps and hermetic seals 'cause 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 the 80's and 90's...
So share this with someone who can still remember
Nancy Drew, The HardyBoys, Laurel & Hardy, Howdy Doody and The Peanut
Gallery, The Lone Ranger, The Shadow Knows, Nellie Belle, Roy and Dale,
Trigger and Buttermilk as well as the sound of a real mower on Saturday
And summers filled with bike rides, playing in
cowboy land, baseball games, bowling and visits to the pool...and eating
Kool-Aid powder with sugar.
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! But we all survived because their love was greater than the threat.
Didn't that feel good, just to go back and say,
Yeah, I remember that!
And was it really that long ago?