Do You Remember When...?


    It took five minutes for the TV warm up?

    Nearly everyone's Mum was at home when the kids got home from school?

    Nobody owned a purebred dog?

    When a a shilling was a decent allowance?

    You'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny?

    Your Mom wore stockings that came in two pieces?

    All your male teachers wore ties and female teachers had
    their hair done every day and wore high heels?

    You got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and petrol pumped,
    without asking, all for free, every time? And you didn't pay for air?

    Cereals had free toys hidden inside the box?

    It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents?

    They threatened to keep kids back a year if they failed. . .and they did?

    When a 57 Holden was everyone's dream car?
    No one ever asked where the car keys were because they were always in the car, in the ignition, and the doors were never locked?

    Lying on your back in the grass with your friends and saying things like, "That cloud looks like a ."

    and playing footy with no adults to help kids with the rules of the game or to egg the kids on?

    Stuff from the shop came without safety caps and hermetic seals because 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 savour the slower pace, and share it with the children of today?

    When being sent to the principal's office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited the 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!
    But we survived because their love was greater than the threat.

    Send this on to someone who can still remember Nancy Drew, Laurel and Hardy, The Famous Five Secret Seven, Biggles, the Lone Ranger, Phantom,
    Roy and Dale and Trigger.

    As well as summers filled with bike rides, cricket games, Hula Hoops, monkey bars, jilgying, visits to the beach and "conversation" lollies.

    Didn't that feel good, just to go back and say, "Yeah, I remember that"?

    I am sharing this with you today because it ended with a double dare to pass it on. To remember what a double dare is, read on.

    And remember that the perfect age is somewhere between
    old enough to know better and too young to care.

    How many of these do you remember?

    Lolly cigarettes
    pogo sticks, marbles,
    Home milk delivery in glass bottles with aluminium tops
    Newsreels before the movie

    Telephone numbers with letter prefixes....(ABD 601).

    45 RPM records

    Metal ice cubes trays with levers
    Mimeograph paper
    Cork pop guns
    Drive ins

    Washtub wringers
    Reel-To-Reel tape recorders
    houses made of cards
    Mechano Sets

    That awful pink slab of bubble gum

    Penny lollies
    3 Shillings and sixpence a gallon petrol

    Do you remember a time when...
    Decisions were made by going "eeny-meeny-miney-moe"?
    "Race issue" meant arguing about who ran the fastest?
    It wasn't odd to have two or three "Best Friends"?

    The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was "boy or girl bugs"? Having a weapon in school meant being caught with a shanghai?

    Saturday morning cartoons weren't 30-minute commercials for action figures?
    Spinning around, getting dizzy, and falling down was cause for giggles?
    The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team?

    Playing cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle?
    Taking drugs meant orange-flavored chewable aspirin?
    Water balloons were the ultimate weapon?

    If you can remember most or all of these, then you have lived!!!!!!!
  2. 22 Comments

  3. by   karenG
    ok I remember most of those things............ help.. that must mean I am old!

  4. by   CCU NRS
    Quote from karenG
    ok I remember most of those things............ help.. that must mean I am old!

  5. by   Rustyhammer
    we still leave the car keys in the car while it's here at home.
    I am trying to figure out the 2-piece stockings.
    We still lie on the grass and look at clouds. Sometimes we have competitions who can vaporize the biggest one.
    Nice memories.
  6. by   suzy253
    oh yeah..i remember them well.
  7. by   *Peanut*Vennie*
    Im not that old, But i can remeber when playing hide and seek was something you did everynight in the summer, and you could buy candy for only a few nickels, and nintendo was the hottest thing since sliced bread! and popples, captain kangaroo, all the great things of the 80s! :chuckle
  8. by   VivaLasViejas
    Oh, man, I really AM getting old......I can relate to too much of that! Thanks a lot, Gwenith !

    And while we're remembering bygone days, how about this little commercial jingle from the '60s:

    "Hot dogs, Armour hot dogs
    What kind of kids eat Armour hot dogs?
    Fat kids, skinny kids, kids who climb on rocks,
    Tough kids, sissy kids, even kids with chicken pox
    love hot dogs, Armour hot dogs,
    The dogs kids love to bite!" :chuckle
  9. by   gwenith
    Hmmmmm we had

    I like Airoplane jelly Airoplane jelly for me!!!


    We're happy little Vegemites as bright as bright can be
    We all enjoy our Vegemite for breakfast lunch and tea!!
  10. by   caffine addict
    Boy Gwenith,
    As I read this thread I took a couple of deep breaths and found it hard to exhale. Boy I wish I was a kid again.
  11. by   Tweety
    Yes, I do remember. So what!
  12. by   H ynnoD
    Gas was only a Quarter.Big Glass bottle of Soda was a Dime and you got a nickle back for the bottle.I just started my second life so I'm young again.
  13. by   angelbear
    I dont remember alot of this stuff but enough to make me worry. I am getting old. What I would like to know is when the heck did this happen?
  14. by   nekhismom
    Man, I'm only in my twenties but I remember a lot of that stuff. What happened over the last 20 years to so dramatically change society??? *sigh*

    Rusty, I think a move to New Mexico is in order in a few years when my kid gets older. He needs some of that slow paced relaxation you and your family enjoy. So do I.