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Bring back any memories?? SURE DOES !!


Tuesday, October 15, 2013


Someone asked the other day, 'What was your favourite 'fast food' when you were growing up?'
'We didn't have fast food when I was growing up,' I informed him.
'All the food was slow.'
'C'mon, seriously.. Where did you eat?'
'It was a place called 'home,'' I explained. !
'Mum cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn't like what she put on my plate, I was allowed to sit there until I did like it.'

By this time, the lad was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn't tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table.

But here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I'd figured his system could have handled it:

Some parents NEVER owned their own house, wore jeans, set foot on a golf course, travelled out of the country or had a credit card.

My parents never drove me to school... I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed (slow)..

We didn't have a television in our house until I was 8.
It was, of course, black and white, and the station went off the air at 10 PM, after playing the national anthem and epilogue; it came back on the air at about 6 am. And there was usually a locally produced news and farm show on, featuring local people...

Pizzas were not delivered to our home... But milk was.

All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers

Film stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the films. There were no movie ratings because all movies were responsibly produced for everyone to enjoy viewing, without profanity or violence or almost anything offensive.

If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to share some of these memories with your children or grandchildren. Just don't blame me if they bust a gut laughing.

Growing up isn't what it used to be, is it?
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
WENDYJM4 10/17/2013 12:51AM

    I can remember that time, I think I was about 10 when we got our TV and the same as yours, 10pm close. I think we had a fish and chip shop, but hardly got that. Had to be a very special occasion.
No cool drink, make your own cordial out of Bobo mixer and heaps of sugar.
Going to the drive in theatre when it was some ones birthday as that person used to get a free pass.
Oh what good memories.

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ARTJAC 10/16/2013 5:02PM

    YES THOSE WERE THE DAYS

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RDEE22 10/16/2013 2:22AM

    I can remember my first balloon, I must have been about 8 and my first icecream, a Swallows dixie.when I was about 4. I even started school with a slate, now they are doing exactly the same thing on an IPad.
What I think is missing today is the freedom, being able to safely roam as long as you were home for meals, home cooked and you ate it because that was all there was until the next one, or if you didn't one of your siblings would soon grab it.
What I don't miss is WW2 and not seeing my Dad for 6 years (so much for child hood bonding) food and clothing rationing, having wee willie winkie candles to go to bed and no electricity.
Thanks for the memories Anna emoticon


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FRAN0426 10/15/2013 9:52PM

    Boy this blog does bring back memories. I lived in a small town. We weere luchy to have a grocery store in town. Fast food wasn't around then, and even when they sproutted --the area I lived didn't have any and never did. We needed to go five miles away in order to watch a movie, go bowling and other fun stuff. We did get a TV set when I was eight years old, it was black and whit, like everyone else had. We walked to school. Oh the memories.

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NORASPAT 10/15/2013 8:47PM

    OH BOY I remember, this was in the UK.
Our Water closet down the yard had no WATER. A one holer and hand made seat. We were excited when we got a flush with a porcelain toilet I was about 6 years old. The yard had 8 foot brick walls and all concrete floor.

My Gran kept the rooster there and we needed to take a candle for light (no electricity) and a long handled broom to fight off the rooster. He was our alarm every day and there was no on and off switch.

No hot water. No bath just a tin tub we had to heat water on the fire and bathed every friday. I was always last and still cannot take a bath in hot water.
No telephones, refrigerators or washing machines. We beat the clothes with a stick and put them through a mangle to get some of the water out.
We hung clothes outside in the back alleys.

We were able to live this way because everyone in my neighbour hood had the same way of life. We had a very "even playing field of life "and happy to have what we had.

I had no TV till I came to the US at 21. My mother never had a refrigerator in her life.

Oh Anna you asked and I answered HUGS Pat in Maine.
I brought back memories I had forgotten. It was such an easy way to live in those days. emoticon

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MOM2ACAT 10/15/2013 8:11PM

    I remember having a black and white TV growing up, and we only got 3 channels on it; the local ABC, CBS and NBC stations, but on a good day, sometimes we could pick up the PBS station. We never felt deprived though! It wasn't until I was a senior in high school that we got a colored TV, and about a year after that, cable.

I can even remember when my parent's phone was a on a party line; I don't think we got a private line until I was around 8 years old.

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GARDENQE2 10/15/2013 5:55PM

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No fast food or TV when I was a kid either...in fact my parents didn't get TV until I had already left home. I just never have learned to watch it, although I now play DVDs of my favorite old movies.

I had so many 'Remember whens" that I wrote an entire book, and gave copies to all my friends and relatives.

Life is more convient now, but not better.

Well, maybe air conditioning is better!!

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OBIESMOM2 10/15/2013 4:08PM

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sis and I passed a Burger Chef walking home from school (if you were less than 2 miles from the school, you had to walk or get a ride...no bus routes that close to the school). And I remember my grandmother liked to take us for breakfast on Saturday mornings at Krystal (if we'd been really, really, really good all week)
overweight kids were the exception, not the rule. I recall 3 of my classmates being overweight. And I'm sure they were not in the 'obese' category
mom worked, and she did not want us watching 'Dark Shadows'...which of course we did. And she always knew because we'd be outside waiting for mom to get home...too scared to stay inside!
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PHEBESS 10/15/2013 3:55PM

    Family celebrations meant going out for Chinese!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/15/2013 3:48PM

    LOL!! I can relate. Sometimes I long for those old days but then I hug my air conditioner and dishwasher and know that there are some advantages to living today. I miss everyone sitting on the porch after supper. My hubby reminded me that is was because the house was so hot. LOL.

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SOFT_VAL67 10/15/2013 3:36PM

    I can honestly remember going to eat at Long John Silvers for the first time. There were people lined up around the building and my family stood in that line, they had then what they called peg legs, little chicken wings.
My dad got mad at me because I wanted an order of peg legs, I still cant recall why that made him so mad.
I can also recall when I changed schools and went to a school where the kids were allowed to leave at lunch to walk to one of two fast food places, one a little store that also sold burgers and the other, a frostee freeze, where I never had eaten before.
Up til then, the closest thing I had ever known of fast food was KFC, which back then still wasnt really fast food.
Mostly we ate at home, meat loaf and mashed potatoes, and corn bread and I can remember every Saturday of my life from about age 13 baking a cake for the family.
And none of us were overweight.
We didnt know we werent eating healthy foods, we ate alot of garden foods that we raised ourselves, kids played outside, no one took medicine for illnesses.
We were all the same and we were ok.
What changed???
I have my theory.

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 10/15/2013 3:33PM

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LITTLEWIND53 10/15/2013 3:17PM

    There was NO television where I grew up so we didn't get a TV until we moved to another town when I was 15, and even then it was a major purchase to get that old Black and White.....

There was a movie house that brought in movies for Friday and Saturday nights with a Matinee Saturday afternoon.

We got all our world news from the News reels that played before the movie started

We had radio only after 10 pm when there was not so much static in the air so our little radio could "capture' voices on the air waves. Of course we were in bed by then

Our telephones were on a party line and the rings were a series of long and short combinations. You had to listen for your "ring" before you answered or you would hear people talking........ If there was an emergency after the switchboard closed, you would phone (ring) the house closest to the townsite where the hospital, and that person would go to the closest house on the next party line and they would ring the house closest to them to the townsite, and so on until you got someone on the townsite who would go over to the doctor and get some information......

There was a little café but it was mostly a meeting place where older people me to have coffee.

We didn't have newspapers

We walked to school every day, and home for lunch

We had bicles and our own two legs, We could play anywhere and never had to worry about strangers....

And yes, I remember sitting at the table with the same plate of food on it for 3 days in a row as my dad would not let me have anything else until I ate what had been dished out for me. I was allowed to go to school, but the rest of the time I sat there with that stuff sitting in front of me. Finally my mother took pity and did throw it out, but dad was very angry about the waste of good food (not that it was much good after 3 days....)

Hope you have a great day!


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FISHER011 10/15/2013 3:13PM

    Love your blog! emoticon
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L*I*T*A* 10/15/2013 2:53PM

    so true!!! emoticon

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DIETER27 10/15/2013 10:12AM

  no sadly growing up is not what it used to be. Have a nice day!

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