I Want to Go Back In Time When Things Were Just Right

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Back In Time A Blessing To Say The Least

Going back in time would be a blessing, especially to times when doing the right thing didn’t need to have a purpose, it was just the right thing to do.

I wrote this poem after being inspired by a question posted by a sensational writer Peggy W who asked,If time travel existed, which would you rather do? Go back or forwards, and why?”. If you click on the highlighted question you can see the list of sensational answers already given. I took some time to think about it and the words just began to come in rhyme. So I wrote them down and thought I would share.

I Want to Go Back In Time When Things Were Just Right


I want to go back in time when things were just right

And there wasn't always a need for a gun or a fight


When neighbors were friends and always there to lend a helping hand

It didn't matter what the task was or the length of the time span


When kids thought playing catch or building a fort was having an amazing day

Not chopping off ones head on a video game was their favorite thing to play.


When leaving your doors open at night was no big deal.

We weren’t worried about being assaulted or if they broke in what they would steal.


When dad was the bread winner and being a stay at home mom not an outcast.

A time when family communication was not a thing of the past.


When dinner was served at the table and everyone was there.

It was a time you never missed after mom cooked a big meal, you just didn't dare.


When teachers were like family in each and every way.

That’s when kids looked forward to going to school almost every day.


When marriage was closer to forever and there was a trust there like no other.

There were hugs, love, laughter, and a mutual respect for one another.


We addressed each other as Ms. or Mr. and it wasn't thought of twice.

It was completely out of respect for someone and sounded really nice.


When staying at home for kids was better than running away

And talking about what happened at night wasn't something they were afraid to say.


When a minor fender bender didn't turn into a major lawsuit.

It wasn’t about a bunch of lawyers or getting a large sum of loot.


You believed in what most people told you and could confirm a deal with the shake of a hand.

It didn’t matter if it was for something small or a nice big piece of land.


When people smiled and waved at a glance as they walked or drove by.

There wasn’t road rage or flipping someone off at the blink of an eye.


Yes I would miss the communication and technology of today.

But I think the world was a little better off when some things weren't made public in every way.


So I think the answer to the question is pretty evident for me.

I just wish everyone else could go back for a glimpse and see, what a wonderful world it could really be.

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sweethearts2 4 years ago from Northwest Indiana

Very, very well thought out. I would go back for the very same reasons - You have given me 'food for thought', there are somethings I would not like to relive.

Voted up and awesome - I like how you create


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Charlu 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Sweethearts2

Thank you for your very kind words and votes. I would also not like to relive a few things, but I think it would be well worth the trip.

Thanks again and have an incredible day.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Oh how I loved this! I can definitely relate to all of the things that you mentioned in your wonderful poem. I also liked your old photos. Frosting on the cake, so to speak. All up votes except funny and sharing this all across. Thanks!


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Rochelle Frank 4 years ago from California Gold Country

We've lost a lot in the name of "progress", haven't we? Nice job on the poem.


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shalini sharan 4 years ago from Delhi

i really loved the poem and the pics too


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Charlu 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Peggy

Thank you so much and I'm glad you enjoyed it. The photos brought back so many memories as did your great question. Thank you for posting the question, your wonderful comments, sharing and votes. You are definitely an inspiration.


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Charlu 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Rochelle Frank

Thank you for your wonderful comment and I couldn't agree more in reference to what we've lost in the name of progress.

Hi shalini sharan

Thank you and I'm glad you enjoyed it. The pics are mostly of my mother, grandmother, aunt and myself when I was either on the way or hadn't been around to long. Have a great day!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

Charlu, how I wish the same things you wish for! I grew up in a different world than the one we live in now; it was more like the world in your poem. I enjoyed your photos, too. You did an outstanding job with Peggy's question.

I will vote this UP, and certainly share because it is worthy of sharing with others.


Starmom41 4 years ago

this is a very nice poem & thoughts! :)


kaykay7 4 years ago

A question could inspire a good poetry and awake a good poet in you. See the power of questions?Questions taken seriously can openup the power and intelligence in one.Continue with more.........


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Charlu 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Mary

Thank you so much for your comments, votes, and sharing. It was definitely a different world then and one I wish so many things had stayed with us over the years. I think I miss the respect for one another more than anything and the morals that just seemed to be inside us all. Thanks again and have a great day.

Hi Stamom

I'm so glad you liked the poem and thoughts behind it. I appreciate your time to share and wonderful comment. Take Care

Hi kaykay

Thank you so much for your words of inspiration and you are so right about questions having that power to awaken a whole latitude of thoughts and ideas. Thanks again and have an incredible day.


Deb Welch 4 years ago

I read all the comments from the question and your Hub with a poem - very interesting. Something happened to make life take on so many drastic and dramtic changes in people. Well done. I choose to go back in time not forward as I fear the terrible unknown.


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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

You have hit on some vital changes. Enjoyed your thoughts and expression of them all! Nostalgic pictures too.


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Charlu 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Deb

I am with you on the terrible unknown as I can't imagine with the changes I've seen what the future will hold. Between morals, trust, and just that general sense of well being and safety have changed us all in ways we never even imagined. Thanks for stopping by and your wonderful comments Have an incredible day.

Hi Frogfish Thanks for your valuable time and I'm glad you enjoyed it. The pictures are of my mom, aunts, grandma, etc. and are a cherished keepsake that will be with me until it's time to be with them. I actually have a dress from one of the pictures which is over 55 yrs old. Thanks again and make it a sensational day.


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ARUN KANTI 3 years ago from KOLKATA

We have lost many things as precisely delineated by you through the poem. Beautiful job at that and thanks a lot. Wish you a happy new year.


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Charlu 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Arun You are so right about losing so much and thank you for your wonderful comment and valuable time. I wish today we had just a small piece of what we had then. Have an incredible day and blessed new year.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Came back and read this again and will share again. People need to know how wonderful the past was in many families like yours and mine. I can relate to each and every thing you wrote.


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Angelo52 3 years ago from Central Florida

Ah the past. Sounds like the nostalgic 50's. You mentioned all the good things and none of the bad. Like racial profiling, red lining neighborhoods which destroyed many inner cities, Hispanics and Black Americans being second class citizens, Al Capone and other gangsters. Sexual abuse occuring in many a household, just not reported. Wife abuse, child abuse, etc. etc. The good thing about the past is that it is the past. Embrace the here and now and try to make a better future as best you can.


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Angelo52 3 years ago from Central Florida

Sorry. Al Capone doesn't fit. Got carried away. Maybe the 30's for Al.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

This was amazing, I can remember growing up and it being like this, I do believe technology has caused people to be more violent, and families to break up. Would I give up technology for peace and quiet like the old days? yes I think I would, apart from my pc of course! lol!


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Smireles 3 years ago from Texas

Very nice look back. It is true that many bad things happened in the Good Old Days, but so many bad things are happening now that it is much worse. I love to take a look back every now and again. Unfortunately, I am so grateful to God that I lived long enough to enjoy the benefits of technology such as the internet, email and other bits of tech. I was longing for the internet before I knew what it was back during the eighties. Still, it is a shame that people changed as well as technology. I would have loved to live in the early eighteen hundreds, but the truth is that I would never have made it without a bathroom and running water. hahahaha!


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Venkatachari M 14 months ago from Hyderabad, India

Wow! This is a wonderful poem. I would like to go back in time and experience all those happy days. Sometimes, in dreams, we are able to experience these sweet memories.

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