Tuesday, September 12, 2006

From Merry

Close your eyes...And go back...
....Before the Internet or PC or the MAC...... ....Before semi-automatics and crack.... ....Before Playstation, SEGA, Super Nintendo, even before Atari...
....Before cell phones, CD's, DVD's, voicemail and e-mail.... ....way back....
....way.....way.....way back.....
 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 t he Rosie
  London Bridge
Hot potato
Hop Scotch
Jump rope
 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
 Ice pops with 2 sticks you could break and share with a friend
  Watchin' Sunday morning oldies (Abbott & Costello, Three Stooges)  Wonder Woman & Super Man Underoos 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
A 13" black and white TV in your room meant you were RICH
Runnin' till you were out of breath <FONTFACE=ARIAL>
Laughing so hard that your stomach hurt
Being tired from PLAYING
 Your first crush
Rainy days at school meant playing "Heads up 7UP" or hangman" in
The classroom, Remember that?
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 your parents took you to McDonalds and you were COOL
 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!
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"
It wasn't odd to have two or three "best" friends.
Being old, referred to anyone over 20. (CRAP! I'm officially old!)
Nobody was prettier than Mom
Scrapes and bruises were kissed by mom or grandma and made better
Getting a foot of snow was a dream come true.
Abilities were discovered because of a "double-dog-dare"
Spinning around, getting dizzy and falling down was cause for giggles.
Older siblings were your worst tormentors, but also your fiercest protector
If you can remember most or all of these, then you have LIVED!!!


rayne1123 said...


fisherkristina said...

Oh wow, this brought me back!  I remember so much of it!

Krissy :)