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Close your eyes... And go back...

By: Nicolas Laube On: 3:53 AM
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    ...Before the Internet or PC or the MAC...
     
    ...Before semi-automatics and crack...
     
    ...Before Playstation, 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 & dodgeball 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
     
    Happy Meals
     
    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, Smurfs, Picture Pages, G-Force & He-Man,
     
    Schoolhouse Rock
     
    Watchin' Sunday morning oldies (Abbott & Costello, Three Stooges)
     
    Wonder Woman & Super Man Underoos
     
    FONZIE.....AYYYYYYYY
     
    Playing Dukes of Hazard
     
    Catchin' lightning bugs in a jar
     
    Christmas morning
     
    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 (I mean the one that you kept your mouth CLOSED and your eyes OPEN
     
    Rainy days at school meant playing "Heads up 7UP" 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 your parents took you to McDonalds and you were COOL
     
    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 "eeny-meeny-miney-mo"
     
    Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, "do over!"
     
    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. (CRAP! I'm officially old!)
     
    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!!!!!!
     

    8 comments:

    1. Well I wouldn't remember that because when I was born the Atari was already invented. Although it does feel good to just go back for a while.

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    2. In our neighborhood when I was a kid, nobody had to call their kids back home to supper. The work-whistle at the Grace Bros. brewery that went off each day at 5:00 pm did that for them. The brewery has been gone for at least 48 years and, with it, went the whistle...

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    3. Not quite that old but yeah, even with internet and Atari around I still did most of the things mentioned, it was a great time.

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    4. I grew up in the 50's and did most of the above. Sure miss the days of innocence, of not knowing what awaited in the future. My neighbor's child is 13 and won't go out of his yard without an adult, alas.

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    5. Some of this was before my time. Sure sounds like calmer, saner times.

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    6. Man, I miss a lot of this stuff.

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    7. WOW, this really brought back a lot of memories!!

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    8. I can remember some of these these...brings back some good childhood memories.

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