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Fun to tell the grandkids

Nice to Remember:
HEY,  WASN’T THAT US ?  
A  little house with three bedrooms and one car on  the street. 
A  mower that you had to push to make the grass look  neat. 
In  the kitchen on the wall we only had one  phone,
And no need  for recording things, someone was always  home. 
We only had a living  room where we would congregate, 
Unless it was at  mealtime in the kitchen where we  ate. 
We had no need for  family rooms or extra rooms to  dine, 
When meeting as a  family those two rooms would work out  fine. 
We only had one TV  set, and channels maybe two, 
But always there was one of  them with something worth the  view. 
For snacks we had  potato chips that tasted like a  chip, 
And if you wanted  flavor there was Lipton’s onion  dip. 
Store-bought snacks  were rare because my mother liked to cook, 
And nothing can  compare to snacks in Betty Crocker’s  book. 
Weekends were for  family trips or staying home to  play, 
We all did things  together — even go to church to  pray. 
When we did our  weekend trips depending on the  weather, 
No one stayed at  home because we liked to be  together. 
Sometimes we would  separate to do things on our own, 
But we knew where  the others were without our own cell  phone. 
Then there were the  movies with your favorite movie  star, 
And nothing can  compare to watching movies in your  car. 
Then there were the  picnics at the peak of summer  season, 
Pack a lunch and  find some trees and never need a  reason. 
Get a baseball game  together with all the friends you  know, 
Have real action  playing ball — and no game video. 
Remember when the  doctor used to be the family  friend, 
And didn’t need  insurance or a lawyer to defend? 
The way that he took  care of you or what he had to do, 
Because he took an  oath and strived to do the best  for you. 
Remember going to  the store and shopping casually, 
And  when you went to pay for  it you used your own money? 
Nothing that you had  to swipe or punch in some amount, 
Remember when the  cashier person had to really  count? 
The milkman used to  go from door to door, 
And  it was just a few cents more than  going to the store. 
There was a time  when mailed letters came right to  your door, 
Without a lot of  junk mail ads sent out by every store.. 
The mailman knew  each house by name and knew where  it was  sent; 
There were not loads  of mail addressed to “present  occupant.” 
There was a time  when just one glance was all that  it would take, 
And  you would know the kind of car,  the model and the  make.
They didn’t look  like turtles trying to squeeze out  every mile; 
They were  streamlined, white walls, fins,  and really had some   style. 
One time the music  that you played whenever you would jive, 
Was  from a vinyl, big-holed record called a  forty-five. 
The record player  had a post to keep them all in line, 
And then the records would  drop down and play one at a time. 
Oh sure, we had our  problems then, just like we do  today, 
And always we were  striving, trying for a better way. 
Oh, the simple life  we lived still seems like so much  fun, 
How can you explain  a game, just kick the can and run?  
And why would boys  put baseball cards between bicycle spokes,  
And for a nickel red  machines had little bottled Cokes? 
This life seemed so  much easier and slower in some  ways, 
I love the new  technology but I sure miss those  days. 
So time moves on and  so do we, and nothing stays the  same, 
But I sure love to  reminisce and walk down memory  lane.
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A TEST FOR OLD KIDS?

I would be picky who I sent this to. It had to be those who might actually
remember. So have some fun my sharp-witted friends. This is a test for us
‘old kids’! The answers are printed below, but don’t cheat.

01. After the Lone Ranger saved the day and rode off into the sunset, the
grateful citizens would ask, Who was that masked man? Invariably, someone
would answer, I don’t know, but he left this behind. What did he leave
behind?________________.

02. When the Beatles first came to the U.S. in early 1964, we all watched
them on The _______________ Show.

03 ‘Get your kicks, __________________.’

04. ‘The story you are about to see is true. The names have been changed to
___________________.’

05. ‘In the jungle, the mighty jungle, ________________.’

06. After the Twist, The Mashed Potato, and the Watusi, we ‘danced’ under a
stick that was lowered as low as we could go in a dance called the
‘_____________.’

07. Nestle’s makes the very best . . . . _______________.’

08. Satchmo was America ‘s ‘Ambassador of Goodwill.’ Our parents shared this
great jazz trumpet player with us. His name was _________________.

09. What takes a licking and keeps on ticking? _______________.

10 . Red Skeleton’s hobo character was named __________________ and Red
always ended his television show by saying, ‘Good Night, and ‘________
________. ‘

11. Some Americans who protested the Vietnam War did so by burning
their______________.

12. The cute little car with the engine in the back and the trunk in the
front was called the VW. What other names did it go by? ____________ &
_______________.

13. In 1971, singer Don MacLean sang a song about, ‘the day the music died.’
This was a tribute to ___________________.

14. We can remember the first satellite placed into orbit. The Russians did
it. It was called ___________________.

15. One of the big fads of the late 50’s and 60’s was a large plastic ring
that we twirled around our waist. It was called the __ ______________.

ANSWERS :

01. The Lone Ranger left behind a silver bullet.

02. The Ed Sullivan Show

03. On Route 66

04. To protect the innocent

05. The Lion Sleeps Tonight

06. The limbo

07. Chocolate

08. Louis Armstrong

09. The Timex watch

10. Freddy, The Freeloader and ‘Good Night and God Bless.’

11. Draft cards (Bras were also burned. ? Not flags, as some have guessed)

12. Beetle or Bug

13. Buddy Holly

14. Sputnik

15. Hoola-hoop

If you send this to your ‘old’ friends, you will keep them busy and let them
forget their aches and pains for a few minutes.

To All The Kids……

I’m not sure where I got this or who sent it to me but enjoy anyway……..

TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE 1940’s, 50’s, and 60’s !!

-First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant.
-They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can and didn’t get tested for diabetes.
-Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-base paints.
-We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had baseball caps not helmets on our heads.
-As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes
-Riding in the back of a pick- up truck on a warm day was always a special treat.
-We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.
-We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and no one actually died from this.
-We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter and bacon. We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar. And, we weren’t overweight. WHY?
-Because we were always outside playing…that’s why!
-We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.
-No one was able to reach us all day. And, we were O.K.
-We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride them down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times,we learned to solve the problem.
-We did not have Playstations, Nintendo’s and X-boxes. There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD’s, no surround-sound or CD’s, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet and no chat rooms
WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!
-We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.
-We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.
-We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.
-We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them.
-Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment.

Imagine that!!

-The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!
-These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever.
-The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.
-We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.

If YOU are one of them? CONGRATULATIONS!


-You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow
up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good.
-While you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave and lucky their parents were.
-Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn’t it ?