Remembrances of my childhood keep flooding my mind…

Saturdays were always a special day… that is if I had finished my mowing for the week during the summer months. If not I would have to stay and finish mowing once the dew had all melted off and the grass was dry to where it wouldn’t clump up as you mowed. Mom and dad were both real particular about how the yard looked. I remember hearing them tell other folk-"With three boys around, that ought to make for a clean well-kept yard…" The funny thing about that was, while I did have two big brothers, I was the only one doing the mowin’.

...saving my money for a hotdog with my friends

I learned early that if I started in the back with my mowing on Wednesday or Thursday, I could generally finish up on Friday afternoons in the front of the house. That is, unless it rained on Wednesday or Thursday. I also learned to pray harder during the week, if you know what I mean. Then I could use the money I had saved to go into town to the movie theatre. Tom Mix and Hop-along Cassidy were my favorite western heroes. ‘Duck’, (mom said I ought to call him Mr. Riley) who run the 24th St Grocery, would always let me ‘rob’ the cap catcher on the drink machine for just Coke caps, if I would empty all the rest in the trash for him. I could get in the movies for just 10 Coke caps saving my money for a hotdog with my friends at Buntings Drug Store up the street from the theatre.

We could really look hungry if we had to

We always met up at Buntings. That way we could decide who all we wanted to sit with in the movies. Some of my friends lived on the Virginia side of town and went to different schools and it had been a whole week since I’d seen them. There were usually a lot of people at Buntings, and we wouldn’t be able to sit down when we first got there so we would look around and see who was just about finished eating and then just stand and watch them. Eddie Wilson said it would cause them to hurry if they saw others waiting so we made sure they saw us. We could really look hungry if we had to.

Paramount Theatre
Paramount Theatre

Young boys in town on Saturday...

After we sat down the waitress would ask what each of us was having today. The menu was on the wall high above the soda bar so every one could see it to order from, but we had our orders memorized. We all wanted a hotdog & fountain coke and a bag of potato chips. Then we would all put our quarters on the table. What a life – it had been a whole week since we had last seen each other and me and my buddies savored each moment together. Gobblin’ down our ‘dogs’ and chips, then to run down the street to the movie; we were childhood friends on a mission.

We lined up eagerly waiting’ for the ticket window to open. Sometime the line would stretch around the building and into the alley; especially if it was going to be a Roy Rodgers with Trigger or a Hop-along Cassidy movie. You could tell we were all excited. We had waited all week for this...

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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

We had am old mower with no motor, just blades. I was in the second grade when I started mowing with it. FUN! I didn't realize I was working!

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks bayoulady, for your friendship, your visit, and your nice comments...

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fred allen 6 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

Simple and magic times. Wonder and amazement were abundant. This should still be the way we feel. Great hub, makes me think what I need to do to recapture the magic.

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

yea, I know what you mean Fred. Thinking the same thing, usually sometime after retirement we find the magic of 'yester-year' is long gone... nice thought though. Thanks for the visit and the nice comments.

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sarmack 6 years ago from Washington

I love this hub!! The theatre looks very similar to the one in the little town where I lived as a child! I would walk my little sisters downtown to go to the movies so my mother could have some time to herself! Wasn't childhood great back then!

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks sarmack, yes childhood was great and life was so simple back then..., nothing like today!

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SaMcNutt 6 years ago from Englewood, CO

I remember that the first movie I saw in a theater was the Great Muppet Caper. I don't remember much of the movie other than Miss Piggy flying through the air, I was four.

Good times.

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks SaMcNutt, for your friendship, your visit, and your nice comments...

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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK

The good old days and you have such a vivid imagination. I'm glad you have such good memories of your childhood. Thanks for sharing.

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks Lady_E, I love to reminisce as long as my mind will allow...

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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

You really do make me hunger for simpler times. This world has become so fast, everything interesting and exciting just whizzes by at lightning pace, and no one notices. No one pays attention. No wonder the world walks around looking perpetually bored. With 300 tv channels, and gadgets galore...

How could boredom even be in the vocabulary anymore?

Fantastic walk down a walk I've not been on, but have heard about, and wish I could visit one day. This is the decade of everything old is new again. Perhaps special Saturdays are in that somewhere in the not so distant future as well.

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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks Springboard,for your graciousness in your response. Seems that many are likewise interested in the 'simpler life' of yesteryear. Watch for my up-coming hub 'My First Haircut'...

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