Come Stroll With me...
Stroll with me...and go back before the Internet...before bombings, aids, herpes, before crack...before SEGA or Super Nintendo...way back!
I'm talking about sitting on the curb, sitting on the step, about hide and go seek, Simon Says, Red light - Green light. Lunch Boxes with a thermos. Chocolate milk, going home for lunch, penny candy from the store, hopscotch, butterscotch, skates
with keys, Jacks, Hula Hoops and sunflower seeds, wax lips and mustaches, D & D Recreation Center, saddle shoes and Coke bottles with the names of cities on the bottom. Running through the sprinkler, circle pins, bobby pins, Mickey Mouse Club, Rocky & Bullwinkle, Kookla, Fran & Ollie, Spin & Marty, all in black & white. When it took five minutes for the TV to warm up.
When nearly everyone's Mom was at home when the kids arrived home from school. Remember when: There were two types of sneakers for girls and boys (Kids & PF Flyer) and the only time you wore them at school was for "gym" and the girls had those ugly gym uniforms.
The prom was in the gym and you danced to a real orchestra. When they threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed - and they did it.
When all of your teachers wore neckties and female teachers had their hair done every day and wore high heels. The Stroll, popcorn balls, & Friday sock hops.
Not stepping on a crack or you'll
break our mother's back, paper chains at Christmas, silhouettes of Lincoln and Washington with the smell of paste in school, and
"Evening in Paris" perfume.
When nobody owned a purebred dog. When a quarter was a decent allowance. When you'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny.
When around the corner seemed far away, and going downtown seemed like going somewhere.
Climbing trees, making forts, backyard shows, lemonade stands, Cops and Robbers, Cowboys and Indians, staring at clouds, jumping on the bed, pillow fights, ribbon candy, angel hair on the Christmas tree, Jackie Gleason, white gloves, walking to the movie theater, running till you were out of breath, laughing so hard that your stomach hurt. Remember that?
When you got your windshield cleaned, oiled checked and gas pumped without asking-all for free-every time. You didn't pay for air and you got trading stamps to boot.
When laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box.
When being sent to the principal's office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited the student at home. Basically we were in fear for our lives, but it wasn't because of drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs etc. Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat! But we survived because their love was so much greater than the threat.
when your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces.
When it was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner to a real restaurant with your parents. When the worst thing you could do at school was flunk a test or chew gum.
Remember when people went steady; and girls wore a class ring with an inch of wrapped adhesive tape so it would fit their finger. When no one ever asked where the car keys were because they were always in the car, in the ignition, and the car and house doors were never locked.
Remember the Lone Ranger and Tonto,The Shadow Knows, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Trigger and Buttermilk...As well as the sound of a real mower on Saturday morning, and summers filled with bike rides, baseball games, bowling, visits to the pool...and eating Kool-Aid powder with sugar from the palm of you hand.
Remember playing baseball with no adults needing to enforce the rules of the game. And, with all our progress, don't you wish, that just once you could slip back in time and savor the slower pace...and share it with the children of today?
There, didn't that feel good? Just to lean back and say: "Yeah, I remember."