Thursday, June 19, 2008

Our Childhood in Black and White

Black and White
(Under age 40? You won't understand.)

You could hardly see for all the snow,
Spread the rabbit ears as far as they go.
Pull a chair up to the TV set,
"Good Night, David. Good Night, Chet."

My Mom used to cut chicken, chop eggs and spread mayo on the same cutting board with the same knife and no bleach, but we didn't seem to get food poisoning.

My Mom used to defrost hamburger on the counter AND I used to eat it raw sometimes, too. Our school sandwiches were wrapped in wax paper in a brown paper bag, not in ice-pack coolers, but I can't remember getting e.coli.

Almost all of us would have rather gone swimming in the lake instead of a pristine pool (talk about boring), no beach closures then.

The term cell phone would have conjured up a phone in a jail cell, and a pager was the school PA system.

We all took gym, not PE . and risked permanent injury with a pair of high top Ked's (only worn in gym) instead of having cross-training athletic shoes with air cushion soles and built in light reflectors. I can't recall any injuries, but they must have happened because they tell us how much safer we are now..

Flunking gym was not an option, even for stupid kids! I guess PE must be much harder than gym.

Speaking of school, we all said prayers and sang the national anthem, and staying in detention after schoo l caught all sorts of negative attention.

We must have had horribly damaged psyches. What an archaic health system we had then. Remember school nurses? Ours wore a hat and everything

I thought that I was supposed to accomplish something before I was allowed to be proud of myself.

I just can't recall how bored we were without computers, Play Station, Nintendo, X-box or 270 digital TV cable stations.

Oh yeah ... and where was the Benadryl and sterilization kit when I got that bee sting? I could have been killed!

We played 'king of the hill' on piles of gravel left on vacant construction sites, and when we got hurt, Mom pulled out the 48-cent bottle of Mercurochrome (kids liked it better because it didn't sting like iodine did) and then we got our butt spanked.

Now it's a trip to the emergency room, followed by a 10-day dose of a $49 bottle of antibiotics, and then Mom calls the attorney to sue the contractor for leaving a horribly vicious pile of gravel where it was such a threat.

We didn't act up at the neighbor's house either because if we did, we got our butt spanked there and then we got butt spanked again when we got home.

I recall Donny Reynolds from next door coming over and doing his tricks on the front step, just before he fell off. Little did his Mom know that she could have owned our house. Instead, she picked him up and swatted him for being such a goof. It was a neighborhood run amuck.

To top it off, not a single person I knew had ever been told that they were from a dysfunctional family. How could we possibly have known that?

We needed to get into group therapy and anger management classes? We were obviously so duped by so many societal ills that we didn't even notice that the entire country wasn't taking Prozac! How did we ever survive?


Thanks Julie

Love All Ya'll,



ByLightOfMoon said...

Great Memories! Thanks for sharing!

smiles, cyndi

Anne Fannie said...

Wow, that brought back alot of memories. I use to be able to buy 5 candy bars for 25 cents and when I got sick the doctor came to OUR HOUSE.
Love, Ann

Anne Fannie said...

Oh, I forgot to say in my last comment, see my picture to your right me as a little girl, I was standing in front of our brand new black and white TV....

This Country Girl said...

I love black and white! Thanks for sharing those pics!
~ Tammy

Penny @ Miss Pootsie's Primitives said...

Vic.. I just loved that! Sometimes I just yearn for those good ole days. Thanks for that fun!


Leslie said...

Loved it! I'm 28 and I can even read that and say that it's so true! I think I was born in the wrong generation or something sometimes. I could live and be okay in another era, although, I think I might miss my computer but then again, I wouldn't know what I was missing if I didn't have one in the first place! LOL

Have a great weekend!

papel1 said...

Great photos of a great era.

Dani said...

I know and can remember all of that and more...I sometime long for those days again..I would miss the computer though...

Joyfulsister said...

LOL oh what memories, I remember my friends and I sharing buble gum when there wasn't enough to go around to see who could blow the biggest bubble, and drinking from each others soda cans, yep and we didn't even worry about cooties or catching germs lol, Thanks for this post it made me go dowm memory lane and make my heart smile. Aloha Lorie

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