Close your eyes...And go back....Before the Internet or PC or Global Warming......Before semi-automatics and crack.....Before recycling......Before Playstation, SEGA, SuperNintendo, even before Atari...Before cell phones, CD's, DVD's, voicemail and e-mail....way back.......way.....way .....way back..... prom gowns with ruffles
I'm talkin' bout hide and seek at dusk; Red light, Green light Red Rover....Red Rover.....
Playing kickball & dodgeball until the first...no...second...no...third Streetlight came on
Ring around the Rosie London Bridge Hot potato Hop Scotch Jump rope Duck....duck....GOOSE!!! YOU'RE IT!!
Parents stood on the front porch and yelled (or whistled) for you to come home - no pagers or cell phones
Mother May I? Hula Hoops Seeing shapes in the clouds
Endless summer days and hot summer nights (no A/C) with the windows open
The sound of crickets Running through the sprinkler
Cereal boxes with that GREAT prize in the bottom Cracker jacks with the same thing
Ice pops with 2 sticks you could break and share with a friend
...but wait.....there's more....
Watchin' Saturday Morning cartoons Quick Draw McGraw, Fat Albert, Road Runner, Smurfs, Yogi Bear, G-Force & He-Man, Schoolhouse Rock
Early afternoon was Creature Double Feature or Tarzan
Watchin' Sunday morning oldies (Abbott & Costello, Three Stooges, Ma & Pa Kettle) Wonder Woman & Super Man Underoos FONZIE.....AYYYYYYYY Playing Dukes of Hazard
Christmas morning ; Your first day of school ; Bedtime Prayers and Goodnight Kisses
Climbing trees ; Swinging as high as you could to try and reach the sky
Getting an Ice Cream off the Good Humor Truck ; A million mosquito bites and sticky fingers
Jumpin' down the steps; Jumpin' on the bed ; Pillow fights ; Sleep-overs
A 13" black and white TV in your room meant you were RICH!!
Runnin' till you were out of breath ; Laughing so hard that your stomach hurt ; Being tired from PLAYING
WORK: meant taking out the garbage or doing the dishes
Your first crush ; Your first kiss (I mean the one that you kept your mouth CLOSED and your eyes OPEN
Rainy days at school meant playing "Heads up 7UP" or hangman" in the classroom, Remember that?
Oh, I'm not finished yet....
Kool-Aid was the drink of the summer ; So was a swig from the hose
Giving your friends a ride on your handlebars ; Wearing your new shoes on the first day of school
Class Field Trips with soggy sandwiches
When nearly everyone's mom was at home when the kids got there
When a quarter seemed like a fair allowance; and another quarter a MIRACLE
When ANY parent could discipline ANY kid, or feed him, or use him to carry groceries...And nobody, not even the kid, thought a thing of it.
When being sent to the principal's office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited you 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! And some of us are still afraid of em!
Didn't that feel good? Just to go back and say, "Yeah, I remember that!"
Well, let's keep going!!
Let's go back to the time when...
Decisions were made by going "eeny-meeny-miney-mo" Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, "do over!"
"Race issues" meant arguing about who ran the fastest. Money issues were handled by whoever was the banker in "monopoly"
Catching polywogs could happily occupy a morning It wasn't odd to have two or three "best" friends.
Being old, referred to anyone over 20. The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was cooties.
Nobody was prettier than Mom Scrapes and bruises were kissed by mom or grandma and made better
It was a big deal to finally be tall enough to ride the "big people" rides at the amusement park.
Getting a foot of snow was a dream come true (or for some of us getting a foot in the snow!)
Abilities were discovered because of a "double-dog-dare"
Spinning around, getting dizzy and falling down was cause for giggles.
The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team.
Water balloons were the ultimate, ultimate weapon.
Older siblings were your worst tormentors, but also your fiercest protectors
If you can remember most or all of these, then you have LIVED!!!
Pass this on to anyone who may need a break from their "grown up" life......
I TRIPLE DOG DARE YA!!!!!!