Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Blast from the Past!

Thanks again today to my sister, Vickie who is on a roll with great forwards... This was too sentimental and moving not to share... and I hope you enjoy it as I did.



Close your eyes...And go back...
....Before the Internet or PC or the MAC......
....Before semi-automatics and crack....
....Before Play station, SEGA, Super nintendo, even before Atari...
....Before cell phones, CD's, DVD's, voicemail and e-mail....
....way back....
....way.....way.....way back.....
I'm talkin' bout hide and seek at dusk
Red light, Green light
Red Rover....Red Rover.....
Playing kickball & dodge ball until the first...no...second...no..
.third
Streetlight came on
Ring around the Rosie
London Bridge
Hot potato
Hop Scotch
Jump rope
Duck....duck....GOOSE!!!
YOU'RE IT!!
Parents stood on the front porch and yelled (or whistled) for you to come home - no pagers or cell phones
Mother May I?
Hula Hoops
Seeing shapes in the clouds
Endless summer days and hot summer nights (no A/C) with the windows open
The sound of crickets
Running through the sprinkler
Cereal boxes with that GREAT prize in the bottom
Cracker jacks with the same thing
Ice pops with 2 sticks you could break and share with a friend
...but wait.....there's more....
Watchin' Saturday Morning cartoons
Fat Albert, Road Runner, Tom & Jerry, Heckle & Jeckle, Pink Panther,
Ricochet Rabbit,
Schoolhouse Rock
Watchin' Sunday morning oldies (Abbott & Costello, Three Stooges,
Tarzan,
Shirley Temple !!)
Wonder Woman & Super Man Underoos
Catchin' lightning bugs in a jar
Your first day of school
Bedtime Prayers and Goodnight Kisses
Climbing trees
Swinging as high as you could to try and reach the sky
Getting an Ice Cream off the Good Humor Truck
A million mosquito bites and sticky fingers
Jumpin' down the steps
Jumpin' on the bed
Pillow fights
Sleep-overs
A 13" black and white TV in your room meant you were RICH
Runnin' till you were out of breath
Laughing so hard that your stomach hurt
Being tired from PLAYING
WORK: meant taking out the garbage or doing the dishes
Your first crush
Your first kiss (the one that you kept your mouth CLOSED and your eyes OPEN
Rainy days at school meant playing "Heads up 7-UP" or hangman" in the classroom, remember that?
Oh, I'm not finished yet....
Kool-Aid was the drink of the summer
So was a swig from the hose
Giving your friends a ride on your handlebars
Wearing your new shoes on the first day of school
Class Field Trips with soggy sandwiches
When nearly everyone's mom was at home when the kids got there
When a quarter seemed like a fair allowance;
and another quarter a MIRACLE
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 being sent to the principal's office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited you 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 em!
Didn't that feel good? Just to go back and say,
"Yeah, I remember that!"
Well, let's keep going!!
Let's go back to the time when...
Decisions were made by going "eeney-meeny-miney-mo"
Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, "do over!"
"Race issues" meant arguing about who ran the fastest.
Money issues were handled by whoever was the banker in "Monopoly"
Catching fireflies could happily occupy an entire evening
It wasn't odd to have two or three "best" friends.
Being old, referred to anyone over 20.
The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was cooties.
Nobody was prettier than Mom
Scrapes and bruises were kissed by mom or grandma and made better
It was a big deal to finally be tall enough to ride the
"big people" rides at the amusement park.
Getting a foot of snow was a dream come true.
Abilities were discovered because of a "double-dog-dare"
Spinning around, getting dizzy and falling down was cause for giggles.
The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team.
Water balloons were the ultimate, ultimate weapon.
Older siblings were your worst tormentors, but also your fiercest protector
If you can remember most or all of these, then you have LIVED!!!

Pass this on to anyone who may need a break from their "grown up" life...... I TRIPLE DOG DARE YA!!!!!!

7 comments:

  1. That was fantastic. Pretty much sums up everything from childhood doesn't it?

    Red Light, Green Light. Okay that game deserves a post in itself.

    Water balloons were like drugs for me. :)

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  2. I needed that today!!! I need to go find a grove of trees to build a fort in right about now.

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  3. I remember most of those. Some weren't relevant.

    I don't think I saw these on the list:
    Stoop Ball!
    Punch Ball (always a problem when first or third base drove off--we used fenders on parked cars for those; home and second were manhole covers after the sewers were put in)

    Did I miss Jacks? We built igloos in the snow on the front lawn.

    Screaming contests (in my teens)
    Home delivery of milk, left in the little silver gray box on the stoop by the door.
    Knife sharpener who came by once a week or so in his little truck.

    I was the oldest, still don't get along with my sister.

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  4. It didn't mention Orange Crush (the game that mainly girls played with a bouncy rubber ball).

    I remember knife sharpeners Shelly! :)

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  5. I can relate to most of those. Mostly to all the activities done outdoors and having to do with home and neighbours, the dead end of our street and involving the season summer. But school was another story; to me it was hell, so no rosy picture in that spot.

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  6. I'm with you on that K_Tigress! School was no parade at all.

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  7. I remember a good many of them myself... some things probably missing because of Regional/location oddities. Nevertheless, my sister Vickie (Nana) always comes up with some good things. Made me feel good too, made me "misty", and I think i'll join you guys in building a Fort, if you can stop me from lying back finding shapes in the clouds...

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