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Down memory lane

Sunday, December 02, 2018

DOWN MEMORY LANE ...: 'Someone asked the other day, 'What was your favorite 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 'at home,'' I explained. ! 'Mom 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 kid 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 figured his system could have handled it : Some parents NEVER owned their own house, never wore Levis, never set foot on a golf course, never traveled out of the country or had a credit card. In their later years they had something called a revolving charge card. The card was good only at Sears Roebuck. Or maybe it was Sears & Roebuck. Either way, there is no Roebuck anymore. Maybe he died. My parents never drove me to soccer practice. This was mostly because we never had heard of soccer. 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 9. It was, of course, black and white, and the station went off the air at or before midnight , after playing the national anthem and a poem about God; it came back on the air at about 6 a.m. and there was usually a locally produced news and farm show on, featuring local people. I was 19 before I tasted my first pizza, it was called 'pizza pie.' When I bit into it, I burned the roof of my mouth and the cheese slid off, swung down, plastered itself against my chin and burned that, too. It's still the best pizza I ever had. I never had a telephone in my room. The only phone in the house was in the living room and it was on a party line. Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you didn't know weren't already using the line. Pizzas were not delivered to our home But milk was. All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers--my brother delivered a newspaper, six days a week. It cost 7 cents a paper, of which he got to keep 2 cents. He had to get up at six a.m. every morning. On Saturday, he had to collect the 42 cents from his customers. His favorite customers were the ones who gave him 50 cents and told him to keep the change. His least favorite customers were the ones who seemed to never be home on collection day. Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the movies. There were no movie ratings because all movies were responsibly produced for everyone to enjoy viewing, without profanity or violence or most 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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  • BARBARAJ73
    Thanks for describing my childhood too... emoticon You opened the door to a flood of memories that are unfamiliar today - long distance charges, writing letters, records, bottle openers, hood ornaments... We too played outside til dark without the need for our parents hovering- games like marbles, Jarts, Freeze Tag, Red Rover and so many others (altho Kick the Can never made it to my neighborhood.)
    315 days ago
  • DEBVNE
    Such a trip down memory lane...the trade offs in the name of progress. Hmmmmm. I don’t miss the party line and land lines, now the rest...ha. A sure sign we’re getting older is thinking the good old days were all good...the focus, the values, the integrity are certainly missed. Time to recreate Christmas magic in the sweetest possible way to remind believers the reason there is a season. Thanks for this, chica.
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    315 days ago
  • _CYNDY55_
    emoticon AGREE, just like my childhood.
    316 days ago
  • ROADTOFREEDOM
    Hubby is 70 and he grew up on the farm. No indoor plumbing. No electricity. And so on. None of these things until he was older. I'm younger than he is and my family lived in a small city. So I was privileged enough to have the plumbing and electricity. Neither of us grew up with much money. Like the original post, there was no money for restaurant food. Neither of us ate things like pizza or Chinese food until we were adults and had paying jobs of our own. Our Moms grew the vegetables, baked good things and cooked three meals a day.

    Both of us had parents who were decent and hard working people. We were lucky. Neither of us went hungry and we were blessed to have a roof over our heads. The older I get the more I realise just how lucky I was.
    316 days ago
  • DEEEBEE
    That was us! Know what else has changed? Crossing guards used to be the 8th grade boys and now it's an adult who watches as kids cross the street, even though there's a stoplight right there. Parents weren't as observant then as they seem to be now, and we had a lot more freedom, even living in the city.
    316 days ago
  • BONNIEMARGAY
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    316 days ago
  • WALLAHALLA
    Sounds exactly like my childhood, except our party line was in the kitchen.
    316 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    Sounds like my childhood too.
    316 days ago
  • IMPROVINGME
    Definitely not what it used to be!
    And I'm sure it's unbelievable that our parents left the back door unlocked so that the milkman could come in and put the milk bottles in the refrigerator.

    316 days ago
  • ICANINSIGHT
    emoticon I am right there with you. I had my first taco at age 9. My first pizza at age 16. The rest pretty much describes the way I grew up. I did not have to sit at the table until I ate, but if I did not like what was on it, I didn't get to eat.
    Thanks for the memories.
    316 days ago
  • HEDSTS58
    That was my childhood. Those memories are so good. There is too much pressure on kids these days. I'll take my memories over theirs any day. emoticon
    316 days ago
  • CANDOIT54
    Thanks for the memories
    316 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    OH . . . my . . . goodness. Yes, I remember being invited to sit @ the table until what was served was acceptable to my palate. Some days were better than others in that regard, but I got to appreciate the fact that we HAD food. Some didn't.

    We ALWAYS had supper together as a family. Honestly, we generally had a good time. Shared the trials and tribulations of our days and had some good laughs.

    OMG, I remember when the Sears Christmas catalog would come out for the holidays. That poor catalogue was dogeared from us kids making our "wish lists". Well, my parents did not have a lot of money, and we surely didn't get all that was on our lists, but we always had wonderful holidays.

    Yes, it is very different now. Glad I grew up when I did!

    Thanks for the memories.
    316 days ago
  • GARDENCHRIS
    sounds like my childhood! emoticon
    316 days ago
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