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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The good old days .




When I read this I thought I'd share it with you , It's so true , I remember it like it was yesterday . I guess I'm older then dirt .



Someone 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. ! 'Mom cooked every day and when Dad 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 & Roebuck. Either way, there is no Roebuck anymore. Maybe he died. My parents never drove m e 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 15. It was, of course, black and white, and the station went off the air at midnight, after playing the national anthem and a poem about God; it came back on the air at about 6 a..m. and there was usually a locally produced news and farm show on, featuring local people. 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 4. It was an old black Dodge... 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 --my brother delivered a newspaper, six days a week. It cost 7 cents a paper, of which he got to keep 2 cents.. He had to get up at 6AM every morning. On Saturday, he had to collect the 42 cents from his customers. His favorite customers were the ones who gave him 50 cents and told him to keep the change. His least favorite customers w ere 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. There were no movie ratings because all movies were responsibly produced for everyone to enjoy viewing, without profanity or violence or most anything offensive. 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. Growing up isn't what it used to be, is it? MEMORIES from a friend : My Dad is cleaning out my grandmother's house (she died in December) and he brought me an old Royal Crown Cola bottle. In the bottle top was a stopper with a bunch of holes in it. I knew immediately what it was, but my daughter had no idea. She thought they had tried to make it a salt shaker or something. I knew it as the bottle that sat on the end of t he ir oning board to 'sprinkle' clothes with because we didn't have steam irons. Man, I am old. How many do you remember? Head lights dimmer switches on the floor. Ignition switches on the dashboard.Heaters mounted on the inside of the fire wall. Real ice boxes.Pant leg clips for bicycles without chain guards. Soldering irons you heat on a gas burner.Using hand signals for cars without turn signals. Older Than Dirt Quiz : Count all the ones that you remember not the ones you were told about Ratings at the bottom

1 Blackjack chewing gum , miss it so much .

2. Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water , fun .


3. Candy cigarettes


4. Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles


5. Coffee shops or diners with tableside juke boxes


6 . Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers


7. Party lines on the telephone , Oh I hated that .


8. Newsreels before the movie


9. P.F. Flyers


10. Butch wax


11. TV test patterns that came on at night after the last show and were there until TV shows started again in the morning. (there were only 3 channels, if you were fortunate)


12. Peashooters


13. Howdy Doody


14. 45 RPM records


15. S& H greenstamps


16. Hi-fi's


17. Metal ice trays with lever


18. Mimeograph paper


19 Blue flashbulb


20. Packards


21. Roller skate keys


22. Cork popguns


23. Drive-ins


24. Studebakers


25. Wash tub wringers If you remembered


0-5 = You're still youngIf you remembered

6-10 = You are getting older If you remembered

11-15 = Don't tell your age,If you remembered

16-25 = You're older than dirt!

I might be older than dirt but those memories are some of the best parts of my life.Don't forget to pass this along!! Especially to all your really OLD friends...

9 comments:

sue said...

Mary I got 15! Yeah i'm old, I'm 53 and I have alot of these wonderful memories too! When I was growing up we all sat down for dinner together, every night. We said grace and when we were finished we said "may I be excused"!! Yup Mary the "old days" were the best days, I wish our kids and grandkids could live like that! Hope you are feeling better Mary, and you are having some nice spring weather! love ya! xoxox Sue

Deb said...

Oh my gosh!! I do remember a lot of those, Wow that was a whole different life style yes? People were much happier and very little violence if any. Thanks for the memory tour, God Bless you my friend and you are not old:) age is just a number:)

Mari said...

That was fun! I remember some of them like the glass milk bottles, tv test patterns and party lines. I got 11 in all.

Tootsie said...

ha ha! older than dirt? lol
you always make me smile

older than dirt....hee hee

janet said...

well im 46 and i can remember a fair bit of these things, and pizza was also my first fast food and that was on a very rare occasion. I always wished our girls could have grown up in the sixties and seventies like i did, the times seem so simple. thanks for sharing, this was fun
hugs
janet

bmwgal1948 said...

Thanks for reminding me of simpler times. Hugs Linda

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Mary, Mary, I am.. older than dirt. I remember all.. of these. Thanks for the memories. This was a very fun post.
Hugs, Terrie

Betty said...

I am older than dirt! What great memories though.

twizzis said...

I probably am the dirt! lol I remember all these things...sometimes wish things were still as simple.