Do you remember when......

  1. Do you remember when:

    1. Everyone left their doors unlocked and the keys in the car?
    2. You walked around the neighborhood on Halloween without your parents and ate the candy right out of the bag?
    3. The ice cream truck came around every day during the summer and the ice cream was 10 cents?
    4. When a McDonald's hamburger was 10 cents and the cheeseburger 15 cents?
    5. When families ate dinner together every evening?
    6. When you only had black and white TV and YOU were the channel changer?
    7. When all of your music was on records?
    8. Catching fire flies in jars was a night's entertainment?

    Can you think of more things that bring a smile to your face?:spin:
  2. 28 Comments

  3. by   mamunsey
    I still leave my doors unlocked and the keys in my car, my family still eats dinner together every night, and my daughter who is 8 has more fun catching fireflies than I ever did when I was her age. Sometimes you have to keep things in life simple. It's just better that way.
  4. by   ElvishDNP
    When I go to my dad's house (out in the country) I still leave the car doors unlocked & the keys in the car.

    My family eats dinner together q night with rare exception.

    The rest of that, I do miss.
  5. by   Spidey's mom
    We leave our car doors and actually our house unlocked.

    When I was a kid, my parents always checked my candy first (I'm 50).

    The ice cream man still comes around but his prices are higher.

    We had a Helm's Bakery truck that came by too - with donuts and pastries and a drawer of candy, like Smarties.

    We are all spread out so it is hard to eat dinner together - but we try.

    No fireflies in Northern CA. But we take walks over by the river and see deer and squirrels.

    I like to open up a container of raw almonds and eat them . . it reminds me of grandma's house the the almond tree in her yard. We used to crack the shells and eat the nuts still we were stuffed.

  6. by   Joe NightingMale
    I remember #2, #6, #7, #8.

    I remember when on hot summer nights we'd turn on the whole-house fan and open up the windows, drawing in cool night air. Once our family got AC we wondered why we were crazy enough to sleep with the windows open.

    I also remember riding bikes together as a family on summer evenings as the sun set (I still see some families doing that today).

    I remember when libraries consisted primarily of books and magazines, and reading Hardy Boys books,#1 through #81 (though I think kids still read them today).
  7. by   leslie :-D
    i remember frank, our milkman.
    glass bottles.

  8. by   RNDreamer
    Wow! The Hardy Boys, brought back some memories...Sigh! Growing up I read The Babysitters Club, Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High, Encylopedia Brown and Fear Street...I remember running to the library every time a new book came out. Now all I read are school books.

    Quote from Joe NightingMale
    Hardy Boys books,#1 through #81 (though I think kids still read them today).
  9. by   leslie :-D
    anyone mention the bobbsey twins?

  10. by   Joe NightingMale
    Quote from earle58
    anyone mention the bobbsey twins?

    Did you know that the Bobbsey Twins, Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, and Tom Swift were all pre-1930 creations of author/publisher Edward Stratemeyer? I was amazed when I first read this in Smithsonian magazine about 15 years ago. They're now published by the Stratemeyer Syndicate.

    But back in the early 20th century, Stratemeyer came up with all the plots by himself, letting a half-dozen anonymous ghost writers fill in the details (though sometimes he wrote the books himself) what was referred to as a "fiction factory". Before his death in 1930, Stratemeyer either wrote or co-wrote 1300 books in 125 different series (very imaginative fellow).
  11. by   DutchgirlRN
    Large candy bars were 5 cents each or 6 for a quarter...

    The Drive-In movie was a once/twice a year treat...

    Movies were 50 cents and it was safe to ride your bike there in the summer with your friends and you were only in the third grade...

    Every Friday night the whole neighborhood gang would walk to the 7-11 after dark and get a large ICEE...

    Home movies were silent and were alot of trouble to get set up, projector, reels, and movie screen...

    Coke was in little glasses bottles..and were a treat, not an everyday thing...

    Listening to the teenagers talk on the (party line) phone...

    Slumber parties with 3 or 4 girlfriends...and sleeping outside in a tent your Dad set up...
  12. by   bethin
    As a kid, we lived way out in the country on 13 beautiful acres. No ice cream trucks came by. No trips to McDonald's - we weren't allowed to have candy, pop, chips, or fast food.

    I do remember going outside with my db and catching fireflies during the summer. He'd make a necklace out of them, but I can't remember how you do it anymore.

    I remember laying outside in the darkness with nothing but a blanket and the night sounds gazing at the stars. After doing this for a bit, I realized that the constellations move and the Big Dipper does not stay in one spot.

    We always locked our doors. For living in a town with a population of ~ 50 we had a very very high murder rate. In 10 years there were 9 murders, one of which was a multiple.

    Now I wouldn't lay outside to look at the stars - snakes!! But I do stop and gaze at them.

    I remember having a tv until I was ~12 that had no remote. It was a wedding present from my dad's parents. So we kids sat in front of the tv and was dad's remote control. Sheesh, all he watched was golf and bowling. That 'golf clapping' really put me to sleep.

    I remember riding our bikes down to the little store in town about a mile away. Candy was .05 and the little old lady who ran the store loved kids. That stopped when a man sodomized and killed a small boy a few miles from us. Hid his body in the church's cemetary. Put a damper on our summers. Poor kid, family never got over that - perp was the kid's uncle.

    I remember going fishing with my grandpa in his 1940's jeep. We would go to his farm and for kicks and giggles he would take us back to the woods and pick up snakes and wave them around and then put them in his pocket to take home to scare grandma. He'd also take the jeep offroading in the woods - there was two hills together with a little stream at the bottom. In order to cross, the jeep's front wheels would be on one hill and the back on the other. Scared me to death but I wouldn't trade those memories with my grandpa for anything. Died on Valentine's Day 10 years ago and it hasn't been the same since. I wish he was still alive to see my nieces - he would have loved them more than God himself. He was a great man.
  13. by   bethin
    I remember it was Christmas everytime I spent a day with my grandparents. They knew my mom's rules about candy and fast food so she would take me and db to a local diner. Made the best ice cream. I still go there and think of her.
  14. by   ElvishDNP
    Quote from stevielynn
    We leave our car doors and actually our house unlocked.
    At night?!

    We do ours in the day and if dh is home, but at night everything is shut tight.