Yesteryear: Those Were the Days


Remember  when—

All  the girls had ugly gym uniforms?

And wore tennis shoes not $200  Nike’s!?

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.


And  our summers were 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 it ended with a

Double Dog Dare to  pass it on… To remember what a Double Dog Dare is,

read on… And remember  that 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??

Wax  Coke-shaped wax 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…


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…?


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

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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