Remember . . . .?
When the worst thing you could do at school was smoke in the bathrooms, flunk a test, or chew gum
And the banquets were in the cafeteria and we danced to a juke box later, and all the girls wore fluffy pastel gowns and the boys wore suits and we were allowed to stay out ‘till midnight
When a ’57 Chevy was everyone’s dream car . . . to cruise,
peel out, lay rubber and watch drag races
And no one ever asked where the car keys were ‘cause they were always in the car, in the ignition, and the doors were never locked
And you got in big trouble if you accidentally locked the
doors at home, since no one ever had a key
Remember lying on your back on the grass with your
friends and saying things like “that cloud looks like a . . . “
And playing baseball with no adults to help kids with the rules of the game? Back then, baseball was not a psychological group learning experience – it was a game.
Remember when stuff from the store came without safety caps and hermetic seals ‘cause no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger
And everyone knew about Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, Laurel & Hardy, Howdy Doody and The Peanut Gallery, The Lone Ranger, The Shadow Knows, Roy and Dale, Trigger and Buttermilk
When everyone was familiar with the sound of a real mower on Saturday morning, and summers filled with bike rides, playing in cowboy land, baseball games, bowling and visits to the pool . . . and eating Kool-Aid powder with sugar
When being sent to the principal’s office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited a misbehaving 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 all survived because their love was greater than the threat.
And . . . with all our progress . . . don’t you wish, . . . just once . . . you could slip back in time and savor the slower pace . . . and share it with the children of today . . . .
Didn’t that feel good, just to go back and say, Yeah, I remember that!
And was it really that long ago?