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We didn't write this, we got it in the mail.
We think it's so good we wanted to share it with you... Jack and Misty.
Close your eyes...
And go back in time...
Before the Internet or the Mac,
Before semi-automatics and crack
Before SEGA or Super Nintendo...
I'm talking about hide and seek at dusk.
The Good Humor man,
Red light, green light.
The corner store.
Hopscotch, butterscotch, doubledutch, jacks,
Kickball, dodgeball, Mother May I?
Red Rover and Roly Poly
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
Watching Saturday Morning cartoons...
Fat Albert, Road Runner, He-Man
The Three Stooges, and Bugs,
Or staying up for Gunsmoke
Or back further...
When around the corner seemed far away,
And going downtown seemed like going somewhere.
A million mosquito bites.
Cops and Robbers, Cowboys and Indians, Zorro.
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.
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...
There were two types of sneakers for girls and boys (Keds and 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 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 all of your male teachers wore neckties and
When any parent could discipline any kid, or feed them or use them 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!
Decisions were made by going "eeny-meeny-miney-mo."
Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, "do over!"
"Race issue" meant arguing about who ran the fastest.
Money issues were handled by whoever was the banker in "Monopoly".
The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was cooties.
It was unbelievable that dodgeball wasn't an Olympic event.
Having a weapon in school, meant being caught with a slingshot.
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 "double-dog-dare".
Older siblings were the worst tormentors, but also the fiercest protectors.
If you can remember most or all of these, then you have LIVED!!!!