Tuesday, February 24, 2009

A trip down memory lane

Since today is my Birthday....
I thought it would be fun to take a walk down memory lane!

Won't you join me?

Remember when..... It took five minutes for the TV warm up?
Nearly everyone's Mom was at home when the kids got home from school?
Nobody owned a purebred dog?
When a quarter was a decent allowance?

You'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny?
Your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces?

All your male teachers wore neckties and female teachers had their hair done up every day and wore high heels?
You got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, water checked, battery checked, and tire pressure checked and inflated to proper pressure and gas pumped (5 gallons for a dollar), without asking, all for free, every time?
And you didn't pay for air?
And, you got trading stamps to boot?
Laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box? It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents?
They threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed. . . and they did?
When a 57 Chevy was everyone's dream car...
{it still is my dream car}to cruise, peel out, lay rubber or watch submarine races, and people went steady?

No one ever asked where the car keys were because they were always in the car, in the ignition, and the doors were never locked?
Lying on your back in the grass with your friends, and saying things like, 'That cloud looks like a... '?
Playing baseball with no adults to help kids with the rules of the game?
Stuff from the store came without safety caps and hermetic seals because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger?
When being sent to the principal's office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited you when you got home?

Do you remember Nancy Drew, the HardyBoys, Laurel and Hardy, Howdy Dewdy and the Peanut Gallery, the Lone Ranger,The Shadow, Roy and Dale, Trigger
as well as summers filled with bike rides, baseball games, Hula Hoops, bowling and visits to the pool, and eating Kool-Aid powder with sugar..
Candy cigarettes Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside. Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles.
Coffee shops with table side jukeboxes.

Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum.

Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers.
Newsreels before the movie.

P.F. Fliers, hip huggers, bell bottoms,halter tops, blue mascara, blue eye shadow,
Telephone numbers with a word prefix...(Raymond 4-601). Party lines..
Peashooters.Hi-Fi's & 45 RPM records,78 RPM records!
{I still have most of mine}
Green Stamps.
Decisions were made by going 'eeny-meeny-miney-moe'?

Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, 'Do Over!'?
'Race issue' meant arguing about who ran the fastest?
Catching the fireflies could happily occupy an entire evening?

It wasn't odd to have two or three 'Best Friends'?
The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was 'cooties'?

Having a weapon in school meant being caught with a slingshot?
Saturday morning cartoons weren't 30-minute commercials for action figures?
'Oly-oly-oxen-free' made perfect sense?
Spinning around, getting dizzy, and falling down was cause for giggles?

The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team?
War was a card game?
Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle?
Taking drugs meant orange - flavored chewable aspirin?
Water balloons were the ultimate weapon?
{author unknown}

Wasn't that fun?

How much do you remember!

Have you guessed my age yet? :-)
Until next time

Hugz n Blessings,

Dolly

28 comments:

Our Back Porch said...

I am a little late getting by this week. It's been a busy one! I sure hope you had a very lovely birthday!!

Ok, most of this I remember!! Yes, the keys were always in the ignition and the bedroom windows were up in the summer all night long, with the front door possibly unlocked! Catching fireflies, neighborhood kids playing "hide-n-seek" at night (using all yards as fair game for hiding), kickball games, Red Rover, Mother May I?, penny candy, putting peanuts in our (glass) bottle of coca-cola, baking all kinds of treats in my Easy Bake Oven, 7 Up candy bars (that sadly no longer exist), fashion shows in our bedroom wearing our Mom's and Grandma's old clothes and hats, turning my hairbrush into a microphone and my bed into a stage, making clover necklaces and bracelets, Saturday cartoons are many of my favorite childhood memories. I loved wearing bell bottoms, LOVED my body suits, short dresses and knee socks. I loved my jewelry box with the dancing ballerina, my Drowsy doll, Baby Tender Love, pick up sticks, and Barbies, and 10 cent ice cream cones from Dairy Queen. I LOVED playing Chutes and Ladders, Trouble, Dominoes, and puzzles with my family. I am sure this will trigger more memories for me after I hit the submit button. Thanks for the trip down Memory Lane.

Happy Happy (late) Birthday!!

Back Porch Blessings,
Rebecca

Natasha Burns said...

Happy Birthday Dolly! LOL i can remember some of those things... some I think just don't translate over to Australia, and some I think i am just a bit too young for, hee hee!!!

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Happy birthday! Thanks for the memories...I remember them ALL!

Lori said...

i remember some of those Dolly!!! i hope your birthday was wonderful!!!

Becky said...

Happy Birthday!! Thanks for the memories . I remember most of the things on your list. Sure were the good ole days weren't they. I still look for some of thoses candies. Sometimes you just want a little of that back.

Scrappy Jessi said...

aaahhh that was sweet.
Happy Birthday Doll!
oxoxoxo,
jessi

Dolly said...

Thank you sweet friends for the birthday wishes!

Rebecca, Oh my gosh I am smiling....
YES I remember using my Easy Bake oven, and playing hop scotch on the side walk, kick ball oh and did you play 4 square?
What about blue nail polish?
This is too fun!
I don't remember 7up candy bars though!
I forgot about using the hair brush for a microphone and singing Donnie Osmond and Michael Jackson oh and David Casidy!
Oh La La.
Oh gosh the wonderful Body suits.... what about tube tops!
I remember ordering a cherry cola at the soda shop?
And teen and tiger beat magazines! Plastering your bedroom walls with the pages from the magazines!

Thank you Rebecca.....for triggering more of those golden oldies!

Hugz and Blessings,
Dolly

Susan said...

Many wishes for your birthday! Enjoyed reading your post.

Lady Dorothy said...

Belated birthday wishes! I hope you had a wonderful day!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Happy Birthday, Dolly!!!! And many many more!

Yep, I remember most of that stuff, too, & heck, you & I aren't even that old!

Happy PS!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

The French Bear said...

Happy Birthday!!! Have a super one!
It doesn't matter if you remember those things, I just wish we could go back to those days!! LOL
Margaret B

Our Back Porch said...

OMGosh! Yes, I remember Tiger Beat magazine! I was in love with Donny Osmond...hee hee
I was either going to marry him, Sean Cassidy, or The Fonz. lol

Oh yeah, cherry cola that was made with the cherry syrup!

I know I'm going to remember more now.
Thanks again!

Marilyn said...

Oh my, I forgot how nice it was way-back-when. I am nearly 60.... I remember!!
Love, Marilyn

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY DOLLY !!!!
I do remember most of the things on the list and what great memeories they are!!! Hope your day was very special!!
Warmly,
Deb

Lori said...

Dolly, What a wonderful posts and birthday wishes to you, better late, then forgotten! yes, I will always miss the easiness of the years gone by. I'm glad I at least have the memories, not like the poor children of today! hope you had alot of pretties come your way on your day!! Love,Lori What was it, you were 30?LOL

NiceAndEasyAntiques said...

Hi Dolly, I enjoyed your blog very much and would like to add it to our Etsy Cottage Style blog, as you requested. Please, go back to it and add the button and link to ours in order to get featured. Thank you so much for a entertaining reading and Happy Birthday!

Just Between Us Girls said...

My Dear Dolly,
I wish you a very happy but belated birthday. I am sorry I did not get back sooner. Did your husband forget your birthday? Before I got the puppy a couple of weeks actually I suggested in fun that I would like a golden retriever puppy for my birthday...now suggesting somehting for your birthday is perfectly fine..it worked wonders this year for me. I got red roeses and we celebrated for a week and both had so much fun and it was all because I made suggestiongs here and there. I loved it. I now have Taber who is a Peke and no doubt a better choice at our age for a puppy because he will always be little. Now take my advise...suggest suggest suggest in a sweet way and see what happens. Send me your full address immediately...I have a present here for you just waiting to be sent. summersdarling@hotmail.com thank you. Have fun today.

Holly said...

Hi, Dolly, I'm Holly! I think (?) I've been here before. ☺

Happy belated Birthday! Hope it was a good one!

I think I read that list of remembrances in Reminisce magazine. So fun!

How about using your mom's old hair dryer that had a cap and a hose and then when the hand held blow dryer came out it was the coolest thing ever?! ☺

Come see me sometime!

~ ♥ ♥ ~

paintinpatti said...

Happy Birthday Dolly! Oh yes, I do remember.... I can see my elementary teachers with high heels on - oh gosh, you wouldn't catch me in heels at school! I don't think I have worn a dress into my classroom in years! Hee Hee! So glad you came to visit me this Saturday - hope your birthday is wonderful... you know, at our age - we can celebrate the ENTIRE MONTH! Cherry Hugs -

NiceAndEasyAntiques said...

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Marcela

Robyn said...

Just stopped in to say hello Dolly! Missed ya!
~Robyn

The Rose Room said...

Happy, happy birthday Dolly! Rachaelxo

Joyfulsister said...

Happy Birthday Dolly!!!
(((Hugz)))) Hey were you in the hip hugger dayz lol . I was so that makes me ummmm...


Hugz Lorie

Shari said...

What a fun, fun post, Dolly. I remember almost everything on the list! Sometimes I wish I could take my whole family and go back to those good old days to live.

I'm a bit late, but hope your birthday was great - and hope your computer will be well again soon!!

Betty Jo said...

Happy Birthday! I followed your link from Cherry Hill Cottage. What a fun list to read. ♥

A Stitch In Thyme said...

Oh my gosh i so remember the eeny meeny miney moe days!!

Oh you brought back such good memories for me on a day when I truly needed it most. THANK YOU.

Victorian Lady said...

Happy Birthday! :) Belated as it is! :)

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