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Will All The Nellieanna's In The World Step Forward

Updated on February 2, 2017

Happy Birthday My Friend

I know you whispered to me silently

A secret I could not hold

It made me feel so good

I knew I couldn't tell a soul

I turned to my cat Charlotte

She must of told someone else

Before you know it

The news spread as fast as jelly on bread

The phone started to ring

I am sorry she is out right now

Can I take a message

Just wanted to say hi

Please tell her I called

Will do

Then the phone rang again

Hello

Happy Birthday to you

Happy Birthday to you

Happy Birthday dear Nellieanna

Happy Birthday to you

So many beautiful people

Leaving wonderful wishes all day long

The phone company had to hire extra help

Just to keep up with the tremendous volume

They have never seen anything like it

I know this day and age

Everyone is on Facebook and Twitter

Snap Chat and other social media

But those who were told at a young age

Say what you have to say and get off the phone

It better be important

The phone costs money

Will know the joy

In a one to one call

Picking up the phone what use to be called the receiver

It was black and heavy

You had to use your pointing finger to dial

You heard click, click, click

Then you waited

Only to hear a loud busy sound ring in your head

You hung up quickly

Then dialed immediately

As if you knew in that very second

They hung up their phone

When you heard their voice

You made a connection

Instant excitement rose from my heart

I would play with the phone cord

Dangling in all directions

Begin to walk away

Pulling the phone off the little night stand on to the floor

Forgeting the phone was attached to the wall

Those were the days

A phone wasn't small, shiny and thin

They were like a club

Where if you talked too long

Your wrist hurt

So you rested it on your shoulder

There are many stories that go farther back

Where people had to talk to the switch board operator

They were on party lines

If an emergency happened

You were told get off the line or the police would be notified

This was before my time

Later came touch tone phones

Who would of ever thought

The day would come where you weren't charged by the minutes you talked

You can call anywhere in the United States and talk for free

Before if you called out of a certain area

You were charged a different rate

Your parents warned that better not be long distance

I know so much has changed over the years

Just for a little while

I would love to think of the good times

When Nellieanna was a child

A doll was a special gift

A bike was a dream come true

It had two wheels and you can go really fast

Board games you shared with the family

A time when people knew their neighbors

They actually sat on the front steps

Everyone would wave

It was o.k. to talk to a stranger walking

You drank from the garden hose and a water bubbler

Not bottled water

All you needed is one good friend

Your best friend

Who you could tell all and they would listen

You respected your parents

You stopped to help the elderly man down the street

If you had a little loose change in your pocket

You felt rich

One day there might be real dollar bills in your wallet

Credit cards were unheard of

If you had good credit

You had a charge card at Sears for a big purchases only

Then you paid it off as soon as you could

Because the longer it took

You had to pay interest

That was money you didn't have

You had a job and you worked from the time you arrived

Until the time you left

Old men dressed in suits and wore hats

Girls were dresses and boys wore ties

Everybody walked around in shoes

People talked nice about each other

If you did wrong

It didn't take long

Your parents would hear about it

Then you would be grounded

That was it

End of story

Church on Sunday

Weekends the family spent time together

Thank you for taking a trip with me down memory lane

Just remember I didn't let the cat out of the bag

We all love a good laugh

Your name spelled out on a beautiful fruit platter

Would you like some whip cream with that ?

There is a small cake and ice cream for the kids

A little something special

For Nellieanna who puts the sweet where it belongs




















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      Nellieanna Hay 2 months ago from TEXAS

      Aw-w-w-w! That is so sweet and dear, Michael! 85 is a great age to be, when one has health, plus all those good ole memories + the new ones over the years. Many things that were just everyday part of my life ‘back when’ are now totally obsolete or are being collected as antiques! Whoa - not the people, please! hehe. You really captured the essence of how it used to be!

      Yes, when I was a kid, when in town, (never at the ranch till I was fully grown) we had a big clunky box-phone on the wall with a party-line to make our phone calls. We often could hear others' conversations if we picked up the receiver out of its little hook located over on the left side of the box, and, of corse, they could hear ours if they picked up and we were on the line.

      That was where one listened to the ‘other end’ (whomever was calling or being called) and turned ithe phone on or off. I’m sure the receiver was on the left side because most people are right-handed so needed to leave the right hand free to write anything down from the conversation. These were the same kind of phones used by offices.

      Our phone number was 491-J. My friend’s was 72.

      Later we had a phone with the voice transmitter on top of a tall pipe one could hold onto the phone with which had a hook/switch on the left side for its receiver at rest. Of course, the phone designs continued to upgrade, but they remained attached to the wall by wires untill fairly recently. Having a LONG curly cord meant one could take the phone from its wall or table base to some other more comfortable or convenient place - but not very far!

      Local calls were part of the base price, but woe to be for a kid who called anyone long-distance! Long distance calls were charged by the minute! Mother never got over feeling that pressure anytime she was on a long distance call. Calling her long distance made her hurry through the talk as fast as possible and then quicl6y it would be, “OK, Goodbye” - click! When she was a girl, phones were hardly in use.

      My lunch was scrumptious and the Mexican dessert, flan, topped with whipped cream was so yummy!

      Thank you for this fabulous birthday hub and remembrance!

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      John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Dream On, this is a beautiful tribute to Nellieanna, and to the good old days when we were kids. Well done my friend. I loved every word and I'm sure Nellieanna will too.

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      DREAM ON 2 months ago

      Nellieanna I am happy you loved your lunch and had some fun reading my little story. I might of got some of my facts mixed up. I was going from memory. You know at my age things get a little confusing. (lol) The best part of every conversation I have with you is I can't wait for the next time. I have learned so much and you made it exciting. So as the hours tick away I will let everyone know Queen Nellieanna is taking a bubble bath and can't be desturbed. (Shells) Till next time have a beautiful night. What a way to end a Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious day.

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      DREAM ON 2 months ago

      Jodah Thank you for reading and caring. You are always supportive and you keep reading so many of my stoems (stories/poems). If you remember any memories feel free to share ? My happiest moments are when I hear I am not alone and I lived and did that too. Have a wonderful night.

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      Nellieanna Hay 2 months ago from TEXAS

      A bubble-bath could have helped. It was such a full day, though, I scarcely could have found the time, even if the limbs could have gotten themselves (and me) up out of the tub! hehe. It was all good, even so! Today is a LOT less full, thankfully, though the sweet well-wishes keep coming.

      Thank for yours, my friend!

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      DREAM ON 2 months ago

      Nellieanna I am amazed how fast time travels. One minute where here and then the next we are somewhere else. I love enjoying all the passion and love I have felt so many times in my life. There are tough times that fill in the gaps that keep us well rounded. What I have found is if we open ourself up to other people's excitement and joy we have more than before. People make our life complete.Objects are beautiful and are fun to have. Memories are wonderful. Living in the moment gives me the out of this world feeling. Today many New Englanders will be glued to their t.v. 's watching the New England Patriots play in the Super Bowl. Wishing and praying today is their day. It is suppose to be a good game.I always say may the best team win. Both teams have worked hard to get where they are. I wish people could take all their excitement and passion after the game and use it in their own lives and remember that feeling forever. How great would every day be. We wouldn't need Donald Trump to do anything. We did it ourselves. We made America Great by sharing and caring. Thank you for reading.

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      Nellieanna Hay 2 months ago from TEXAS

      Yes, time does rush by!

      One must make oneself's own life and the life of our community and our country great if they are to be great. It's all made up of countless little good things we all do constantly, not by just one person declaring it.

      I didn't watch the game but I agree that the best team should win in the contests. I'm sure the New Englanders were happy with the result. I had no favorite, though I admire Ton Brady's spunk.

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      DREAM ON 2 months ago

      Nellieanna My father use to say if each family spends time helping and taking care of their children, parents and grandparents everything would be just fine. I don't know if that's true because we trust the people in positions of power to have our best interest at heart. My father also said you can't worry about the other person just do the right thing time after time and that's what's important. Thank you for all your kind support. Birthdays are special to me because it is the beginning of our life.With out that start I would not be here today. I feel sad for people who say my birthday doesn't mean anything.

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