When the worst thing you could do at school was smoke in the bathrooms,
flunk a test or chew gum. And the banquets were in the cafeteria and
we danced to a juke box later, and all the girls wore fluffy pastel
gowns and the boys wore suits for the first time and we were allowed
to stay out till 12 p.m.
When a '57 Chevy was everyone's dream car. . . to cruise, peel out,
lay rubber and watch drag races, and people went steady and girls wore
a class ring with an inch of wrapped dental floss or yarn coated with
pastel frost nail polish so it would fit her finger.
And no one ever asked where the car keys
were 'cause they were always in the car, in the ignition, and the doors
were never locked. And you got in big trouble if you accidentally locked
the doors at home, since no one ever had a key.
Remember lying on your back on the grass with your friends and saying
things like "That cloud looks like a..."
And playing baseball with no adults to
help kids with the rules of the game. Back then, baseball was not a
psychological group learning experience-it was a game.
Remember when stuff from the store came
without safety caps and hermetic seals 'cause 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 the 80's and 90's...
So send this on to someone who can still remember Nancy Drew, The Hardy
Boys, Laurel & Hardy, Howdy Doody and The Peanut Gallery, The Lone
Ranger, The Shadow Knows, Nellie Belle, Roy and Dale, Trigger and Buttermilk
as well as the sound of a real mower on Saturday morning, and summers
filled with bike rides, playing in cowboy land, baseball games, bowling
and visits to the pool...and eating Kool-Aid powder with sugar.
When being sent to the principal's office
was nothing compared to the fate that awaited a misbehaving student
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
all survived because their love was greater than the threat.
Didn't that feel good, just to go back and say, Yeah, I remember that!