I got this one in my email and while I can't relate to all, I enjoyed it all!!
Fast Food --- Say What???
Hey Dad," one of my kids asked the other day, "what was your favorite fast food when you were growing up?"
"We didn't have fast food when I was growing up," I informed him. "All the food was slow."
"C'mon, seriously. Where did you eat?"
"It was a place called 'at home,'" I explained. "Grandma cooked every day and when Grandpa got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn't like what she put on my plate, I was allowed to sit there until I did like it."
By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn't tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table. But here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I figured his system could have handled it:
Some parents NEVER owned their own house, wore Levis, set foot on a golf course, traveled out of the country or had a credit card.
In their later years they had something called a revolving charge card. The card was good only at Sears Roebuck. Or maybe it was Sears AND Roebuck. Either way, there is no Roebuck anymore. Maybe he died.
My parents never drove me to soccer practice. This was mostly because we never had heard of soccer.
I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed,(slow).
We didn't have a television in our house until I was 11, but my grandparents had one before that. It was, of course, black and white, but they bought a piece of colored plastic to cover the screen. The top third was blue, like the sky, and the bottom third was green, like grass. The middle third was red. It was perfect for programs that had scenes of fire trucks riding across someone's lawn on a sunny day. Some people had a lens taped to the front of the TV to make the picture look larger.
I was 13 before I tasted my first pizza. it was called "pizza pie." When I bit into it, I burned the roof of my mouth and the cheese slid off, swung down, plastered itself against my chin and burned that, too. It's still the best pizza I ever had.
We didn't have a car until I was 15. Before that, the only car in our family was my grandfather's Ford. He called it a "machine."
I never had a telephone in my room. The only phone in the house was in the living room and it was on a party line. Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you didn't know weren't already
using the line. Pizzas were not delivered to our home. But milk was.
All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers. I delivered a newspaper, six days a week. It cost 7 cents a paper, of which I got to keep 2 cents. I had to get up at 4 AM every morning. On
Saturday, I had to collect the 42 cents from my customers. My favorite customers were the ones who gave me 50 cents and told me to keep the change. My least favorite customers were the ones who seemed to never be home on collection day.
Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the movies.
If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to share some of these memories with your children or grandchildren. Just don't blame me if they bust a gut laughing.
Jul 30, '03
Very interesting . . . . forwarded it to both sets of grandparents and to my kids.
Jul 31, '03
Waiting for Daddy to come home so we could eat dinner. Eating out was a special treat!
My first credit card was at age 36, an SRC = Sears Revolving Charge. Had to buy an appliance to get it.
I had heard of American Express (for rich folk). Then came BankAmeriCard. (never got one)
First TV at age 7 but had seen one in a store. A womans head was talking. One was on a table with legs. I was very disturbed pulling on my Mommy, "Where's the rest of her?"
Loved a friends Mom but hated eating there as her mother served noodles and Spam. Anothers served tripe. I was allowed to eat peanut butter when we had liver or chitlins. Nasty!
My Dad would eat anything so when I was older and Mom worked I could serve frozen meat pies or "killer fish sticks". Usually made meatloaf or creamed tuna on toast.
Oops got on the subject of food and could go on forever.
Now people treasure home cooking like we did eating out.
Jul 31, '03
I remember this hamburger joint when I lived in Northern Calif.
It was called Artic Circle.
We could buy 2 burgers, 2 fries and 2 cokes for a dollar and still have enough change to buy a couple of candy bars on the way home.
We rode our bikes EVERYWHERE! I don't really ever remember worrying about it getting stolen either.
I got my first bike when I was 10. I helped my Dad all summer build a chimney on our house and when it was done he took me to Santa Fe where he had bought the bike for $10 from a private party. Then he took me to the pound and let me pick out my very own dog (I had earned the priviledge and proven myself responsible).
It took hardly no time to learn to ride the bike but it was too big for me to start by myself (I was supposed to grow into this bike) so my relatives all took turns giving me a push to start me off.
Special treats at night were popcorn popped on the stove. It was my dads job to fix it and he could really shake that pan!
I'll stop now.
Aug 1, '03
Remember getting TV for the first time when I was 22 years old - broadcasts were only for a few hours a day and we watched EVERYTHING.
Fast food was a luxury. We got Fish and Chips from the cafe about once in three years. Hamburgers were something Little Lotta ate. We ate a full meal every day.
Nowadays I only cook a full meal on Sundays and we eat take-aways at least once a week.
Good old days!!
Aug 1, '03
hey America is not so different to over here!! I remember getting my first bike- no gears and so heavy! but the freedom it gave me! nearest baths (swimming pool) was 10 miles away- so we biked! got our first telly to watch the moon landing- everything stopped so we could watch it! bed time was 6pm except on a thursday when I could watch star trek if I had been really good! and fast food? didnt taste my first macdonalds until I had started nurse training!!! it tasted great but now- no thanks!