Remember | I Double Dare Ya!
Close your eyes.....And go back in time.... Before the
Internet or the MAC, Before semi automatics and crack. Before SEGA or Super
Nintendo... Way back........
I'm talking about hide and seek at dusk. The Good Humor
man, Red light, green light. The corner store. Hopscotch, butterscotch,
doubledutch, jacks, kickball, dodgeball.
Mother May I? Red Rover and Roly Poly Hula Hoops.
Running through the sprinkler.
The smell of the sun and licking salty lips.... Wax lips
and mustaches. An ice cream cone on a warm summer night. Chocolate or vanilla
or strawberry or maybe butter pecan. A cherry coke from the fountain at the
corner drug store.
Wait...... Watching Saturday Morning cartoons... short
commercials, Fat Albert, Road Runner, He-Man, The Three Stooges, and Bugs, Or
staying up for Gunsmoke.
Or back further, listening to Superman on the radio.
When around the corner seemed far away, And going downtown seemed like going
A million mosquito bites. Sticky fingers. Cops and
Robbers, Cowboys and Indians, Zorro. Climbing trees. Building igloos out of
snow banks. Walking to school, no matter what the weather. Running till you
were out of breath. Laughing so hard that your stomach hurt.
Jumping on the bed. Pillow fights. Spinning around,
getting dizzy and falling down was cause for giggles. Being tired from
playing.... Remember that?
The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a
team. War was a card game. Water balloons were the ultimate weapon. Baseball
cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle.
I'm not finished just yet... Eating Kool-aid powder
Remember when... there were two types of sneakers for
girls and boys (Keds & PF Flyers) and the only time you wore them at school
was for "gym." It wasn't odd to have two or three "best"
When nobody owned a purebred dog. When a quarter was a
decent allowance, and another quarter a miracle. When milk went up one cent and
everyone talked about it for weeks? When you'd reach into a muddy gutter for a
When you got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and
gas pumped, without asking, for free, every time. And, you didn't pay for air.
And, you got trading stamps to boot! When laundry detergent had free glasses,
dishes or towels hidden inside the box.
When nearly everyone's mom was at home when the kids got
there. When it took five minutes for the TV to warm up, if you even had one.
When your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces. It was magic when dad would
"remove" his thumb.
When it was considered a great privilege to be taken out
to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents.
When girls neither dated nor kissed until late high
school, if then. When all of your male teachers wore neckties and female
teachers had their hair done.
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
When they threatened to keep kids back a grade if they
failed, and did! When being sent to the principal's office was nothing compared
to the fate that awaited a misbehaving 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! And some of us are still afraid of them!!!
Didn't that feel good? ... just to go back and say,
Yeah, I remember that!
Decisions were made by going
"eeny-meeny-miney-mo." Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming,
"do over!" "Race issue" meant arguing about who ran the
fastest. Money issues were handled by whoever was the banker in
"Monopoly." The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was
cooties. It was unbelievable that dodgeball wasn't an Olympic event.
Having a weapon in school meant being caught with a
slingshot. Nobody was prettier than Mom. Scrapes and bruises were kissed and
Taking drugs meant orange-flavored chewable aspirin. Ice
cream was considered a basic food group. Getting a foot of snow was a dream
come true. Abilities were discovered because of a "double-dog-dare."
Older siblings were the worst tormentors, but also the fiercest protectors.
If you can remember most or all of these, then you
remember really living!! Pass this on to anyone who may need a break from their
"grown up" life...
...I DOUBLE DOG DARE YA!!!
How Many Do You Remember???? Count how many you
1. Blackjack chewing gum
2. Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water
3. Candy cigarettes
4. Soda pop machines that dispensed a glass bottle
5. Coffee shops with tableside jukeboxes
6. Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard
7. Party telephone lines
8. Newsreels before the movie
9. P.F. Flyers
10. Butch wax
11. Telephone numbers with a word prefix (Olive -6933)
13. Howdy Doody
14. 45 RPM records
15. S&H Green Stamps
17. Metal (aluminum) ice trays with lever
18. Mimeograph paper
19. Blue flashbulb
20. Beanie and Cecil
21. Roller skate keys
22. Cork popguns
25. Wash tub wringers
If you remembered 0-5 = You're still young
If you remembered 6-10 = You are getting older
If you remembered 11-15 = Don't tell your age
If you remembered 16-25 = You're older than dirt!
Don't forget to pass this along!! Especially to all your OLD friends
Added May 20, 2001
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