How's This For Nostalgia?

All the girls had ugly gym uniforms?

It took three minutes for the TV to warm up?

Nobody owned a purebred dog?

When a quarter was a decent allowance?

You'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny?

Your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces?

You got your windshield cleaned, oil checked,
and gas pumped, without asking, all for free,
every time? And you didn't pay for air?
And, you got trading stamps to boot?

Laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes
or towels hidden inside the box?

It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to
dinner at a real restaurant with your parents?

They threatened to keep kids back a
grade if they failed. . and they did it!

When a 57 Chevy was everyone's dream car...
to cruise, peel out, lay rubber or watch
submarine races, and people went steady?

No one ever asked where the car keys were
because they were always in the car, in the
ignition, and the doors were never locked?

Lying on your back in the grass with your friends?
and saying things like, 'That cloud looks like a... '?

Playing baseball with no adults to
help kids with the rules of the game?

Stuff from the store came without safety caps
and hermetic seals because no one had yet
tried to poison a perfect stranger?

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 today.

When being sent to the principal's office
was nothing compared to the fate that
awaited the 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 survived because their love
was greater than the threat.

Remember the summers filled with bike rides,
Hula Hoops, and visits to the pool, and
eating Kool-Aid powder with sugar.


Didn't that feel good, just to go back and say,
'Yeah, I remember that'?

I am sharing this with you today because
the perfect age is somewhere between old enough
to know better and too young to care.

Send this on to someone who can
still remember Howdy Doody

and The Peanut Gallery, the Lone Ranger,
The Shadow knows, Nellie Bell,
Roy and Dale, Trigger and Buttermilk.

How Many Of These Do You Remember?

Candy cigarettes

Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside.

Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles.
Coffee shops with Table Side Jukeboxes.
Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum.

Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers.

Newsreels before the movie.

Telephone numbers with a word prefix...
( Yukon 2-601). Party lines.

Peashooters.

Hi-Fi's & 45 RPM records.

78 RPM records!

Green Stamps.

Mimeograph paper.

The Fort Apache Play Set.

Do You Remember a Time When Decisions
were made by going 'eeny-meeny-miney-moe'?
Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, 'Do Over!'?
'Race issue' meant arguing about who ran the fastest?

Catching The Fireflies Could Happily Occupy An Entire Evening?

It wasn't odd to have two or three 'Best Friends'?

Having a Weapon in School meant
being caught with a Slingshot?

Saturday morning cartoons weren't
30-minute commercials for action figures?

'Oly-oly-oxen-free' made perfect sense?

Spinning around, getting dizzy, and
falling down was cause for giggles?

The Worst Embarrassment was
being picked last for a team?

War was a card game?

Baseball cards in the spokes
transformed any bike into a motorcycle?

Taking drugs meant orange-flavored chewable aspirin?

Water balloons were the ultimate weapon?

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 Double-Dog-Dare-Ya!

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