I remember when cakes were the size of my face and kids TV was only on for an hour a day. On the downside, my bedtime was 8pm and there was no central heating and ice on the inside of the windows in the morning.
I remember when Saturday morning felt like the first day of forever, when a kiss from a woman I loved passed through me like a breath from God, when colors were louder, and the world sparkled like an electric dream.
when mom told us to go outside and play and don't come home till dinner time. when ice cream was 5 cents a scoop. when the first telephone in our house was a party line with the neighbors and then when we leased a phone from Ma Bell, the old black rotary ones. I would go on, but i think i am dating myself here lol
I remember when you could pay 25c for a movie ticket, stay all day, and watch the monkey races between movies. If the monkey with the same number as your ticket won the race, you got a prize. Every kid who had that number got a full sized board game, a basketball, or some big prize like that. We'd spend all day at the movies. And we walked about 9 miles to get there.
I remember when baby's car seats were slung over the back of the front seat, and held on by two giant hooks - and baby car beds were little nylon, rectangular, "boxes" that had four little legs, so they could support the car bed on the back seat of the car. (Oh - there were no seatbelts either. ) (Those were the days, eh? )
To this day, I still can't get past the fact that my parents would lay that green plaid car bed down in the backseat and put my baby brother in so he could sleep. (Actually - without a car seat to be seen in the old Buick my father drove, we were one day on the way to visit my cousin in the hospital and were slammed by a kid, driving over 70 mph. There were my two parents and my aunt, my sister (middle-school age), me (under 50 lbs), my little brother, and my aunt's baby. It was summer, and the windows were open (no air conditioning in those days either). The car tipped up (almost tipping over) and spun in a half circle. We kids (except for my brother, who was riding in one of those over-the-back car seats) all ended up underneath my good-sized aunt; and I think I remember my mother saying she'd grabbed my brother. )
Nobody was hurt (a little bruise on the upper arm, but that's it). So I don't know.. On the one hand, I've always been all for all the safety stuff that's since come out for kids. On the other, none of us fell out the window or were "propelled like a missile". (In all seriousness, I tend to think there was something to be said for those big, old, Buicks.)
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