During my childhood, Sundays were very special days. Before attending church, my mother would be in the kitchen preparing the Sunday meal of Southern fried chicken, spaghetti along with a green vegetable. Then all scrubbed and polished—we would make our way to services where I would be stationed next to her on her favorite pew.
After services, we looked forward to dinner and what came a bit later—Sunday afternoon TV lineup—along with ice cream and cake. The entire family would be strategically placed in their favorite chair where The Wonderful World of Disney, Maverick and some other western would grace the screen while everyone smacked away.
Do you have found memories of Sunday evenings before retiring for bed and the beginning of another week in the long ago past?
This is sweet Jacqueline. I remember my mother cooking a big Italian meal of pasta and meatballs, and relaxing after church on Sumday. Happy Memories.
I remember bleeding in my sunday best clothes n heading to church where I could sit next to my dad. From there we'd go watching tv at my brothers place.
It's interesting that you write of such beautiful memories at a time when the world seems to have gone mad and the family is in such deep decline. How so many of us must long for those days, and how sad it is that so many people today will never be able to enjoy such times. Thanks for this. I loved it.
As a kid, can't forget the Ed Sullivan Show, Bonanza, Mission Impossible, Super Bowl I
Mid-to late 1960s. We had a older color set that came as part of the purchase of our new house. Endless fine tuning and adjustment of rabbit ears to keep color in place. Cable had not been available at the time.
The family gathered around the color set, my sibling and I always fought over who was going to see their desired program on the color set verses the monochrome receiver in another part of the house.
Father told us that the monochrome tv was a fact a color one, it did had two colors, black and white.
When you think that today you cant get free-tv anymore. I lament.
So do I.
Our Living Room was the only room without a heater so during the chilly winter months we would sit there in our jackets eating ice cream. I loved every one of those TV shows you mentioned but there was no argument on Sunday's, we all watched the same thing. We never had color, my dad wanted one but for some reason mom said it bothered her eyes.
Believe it or not, I was grown when I had my first color set. I grew up in the 60s and there were lots of great TV viewing in that old house, especially on Sunday's!
Childhood is always something special, your backyard is your universe. If one troubles to look closely it is teeming with life. Who has time to stop and smell the roses when you get all grown up. Even if you did, they probably would not smell the same. Treehouses and rubarb patches, snow cone machines and 'easy bake ovens', etchesketches displays, wow, how primative.
In grade school, the principal kept a handy paddle, 'the board of education' to deal with troublemakers in class.
We walked to and from school during an era when 'gay' meant happy. When one President's assassination meant no more after school cartoons on TV for a while.
Remember the gizmo that you could put over a black and white sets to make them appear like it was a color set? It goes right up there with the 'XRay glasses that they were selling in the back of comic books. Where are the comic books?
Dad always kept a strap hanging in plain site with his never ending adage; 'A hard head made for a soft behind'.
I am proud to say that it was a pivotal and exciting to be growing up, changes were all around us. Music, TV, you name it.
Bewitched was very popular for our family, how crazy today. What woman in her right mind with all those incredible powers would live with a bonehead like Darrin Stevens?
TV then was so quaint by todays standards, what were your favorite shows?
This a nice Sunday thread, you are a lot of fun, bring us more...
You are so right on all counts. I walked to school each day rain, sleet or snow. Yep, even in the snow! Looked forward to summer vacation so I could play outside longer! Who plays outside now in the under 12 group? Imagination ruled then (as well as the strap, belt, switch and paddle)
Easy Bake Oven, Credence?
Does anyone remember Shake-A-Pudding? We had to mix up some chemical concoction with water and shake it until it was thick like pudding. I wonder what the heck we were ingesting?
I remember finding really great white plastic figures in small cereal boxes.
I also enjoyed Sunday evening TV programming. Recently, here in LA, Johnny Carson shows are airing. Its so relaxing to hear everyone bantering calmly. Even the way his guests sit seem calm compared to today's stars. Times are very much changed. I suppose we will get them back again … I don't know how. Those were the days.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NSB-wK … KYL4w#t=53
You can probably google and find the manufacturer, my sister used to bake those microscopic cakes under the 150 watt bulb that was the oven.
These days you just can't just ingest any goo without a federal case being made of it.
I was too young for Johnny Carson during the 1960's, broadcasts past our bedtimes. But, I even remember Jack Parr who hosted the Tonight Show before Johnny C. People presented themselves differently, a higher level of civility. We all had a moment that we can never see again. Before all this synthetic food, everything seemed to taste better, no GMO's. BC (Before computers) people actually had to use their grey matter to figure things out. How quaint...
I don't remember 'shake a pudding', but I remember 'shake and bake'.
Yes, we had "bed times" back then! HA! Sometimes before it got dark!
Actually, we could go on and on about those times. We kids were so aware, yet imposed upon by the old expectations. We threw off so many of them. Today, the youth have nothing to rebel against. We had all the fun.
BUT We might have taken it too far. Can we bring it back?
I think so!!!! How, is the question.
… and corn tastes TERRIBLE today! Stop genetic modification!
I don't think that it can be retrieved, that is why it was special and to be cherished. The senses are at their most sensitive and acute during childhood, everything was alive and you did not miss a thing.
Credence's theory of relativity; the older one gets the faster time seems to pass.
We all waited with anxiety for our 16th, 18th and 21st birthdays, nothing ever happened fast enough. You were waiting for everything Today, I turn my head and 5 years have passed. The kids today have their own values appropriate to them. These kids are not in a revolutionary mood, the battles have been fought and won by previous generations. I lost interest in the music of the current time, while I could name artists of the sixties-eighties just hearing the voices and songs. Just like the dog chasing its tail, the older generation loses touch with the new and becomes irrelevant to them. Once so contemporary and 'with it', we are now slow to adapt to changing technologies and such. Everybody and everything is going so fast. I don't know why the kids text when it is easier to talk on the phone?
why do the kids text?
Because talking requires faster responsiveness (thinking) than texting. Texting allows them to tune into their thoughts more carefully. I remember my internal struggle in learning to carry on conversations. It was a challenge and there is an art to it. What is it based on?
Not being indifferent to the one you are communicating with … actually listening and being curious in someone else's thoughts, opinions and responses.
There may be more to this: texting may not be a bad thing and might lead to better writing and thinking?
Meanwhile, kids today are practicing their leads on Sundays, perhaps.
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