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Back In My Day.

Updated on February 25, 2015

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Back In My Day


Back in my day we used to
Separate the eating chicken from the coop
Back in my day we used to
work together in groups
Back in my day we used to
Wash our laundry by hand
Back in those days
We used a number 14 wash clothes pan
Used a wooden and glass washboard
Go to church and be on one accord

One building was our only school house
The Big Primmer was our only textbook
Walk to school through every cranny and nook
Back in my day...
We fought with our fists and lived to see another day
We laughed, played and talked the night away
We comb each others hair and supported each other’s looks
We had respect for our elders and the good book

Back in my day we used to
Go outside to play baseball and got dirty
Ran home for lunch by Twelve thirty
We ate our peanut butter and jelly
If mommy didn’t feed us, then neighbors filled our belly

Television went off so we could get our rest
Dad’s went to work and stuck out their chests
Mom kept the house and children stayed in their place
In my day, we had a go cart race
We made our own carts and race then down a street
Took pride in our neighborhood and life, you see.

Carried our selves with respect for others
This was primarily taught by our mothers
Our parent’s job was watching over us all
Any kid on a bike, park, street, school or hall
We were taught to be men and young women, to stand up tall
Walk like a man and talk like one too
The girls were to act like ladies for us to woo.
Back in my day...
If a man didn’t want any responsibility, he wasn’t a man
If a guy was a coward, we helped him to stand
If a dog was lost we found it’s owner
Even if it meant a sign on every street corner
If a guy hit a girl we jumped in too
Our girls acted like ladies, so it was easy to do
Back in my day...
Back in my day...
Back, looking back, looking back...

I believe the ole fella got a little tired explaining this to me. He decided to take a nap in the middle of our conversation. He made his point very clear, so I didn’t dare wake him. I believe I captured the gist of his words and the time period. Nice guy!

One of my poems from the book Old Timer's Everywhere

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