Close your eyes and go back in time....
Before the Internet or the Apple Mac.
Before semi-automatics, joyriders and crack....
Before SEGA or Super Nintendo...
I'm talking about Hide and Seek in the park.
The corner shop.
Football with an old can.
Hula Hoops, jumping the stream, building dams.
The smell of the sun and fresh cut grass.
Bazooka Joe bubble gum.
An ice cream cone on a warm summer night from the van that
plays a tune -
Chocolate or vanilla or strawberry or maybe Neapolitan.
Watching Saturday morning cartoons....short commercials, The
Double Deckers, Road Runner, He-Man, Tiswas or Swapshop?,
and Why Don't You -
or staying up for Star Trek.
When around the corner seemed far away and going into town
seemed like going somewhere.
Earwigs, wasps and bee stings.
Cops and Robbers, Cowboys and Indians, and Zorro.
Building igloos out of snow drifts.
Walking to school, no matter what the weather.
Running till you were out of breath, laughing so hard that your
Jumping on the bed. Pillow fights.
Spinning around, getting dizzy and falling down was cause for
Being tired from playing....remember that?
The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team.
Water balloons were the ultimate weapon
Football cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a
I'm not finished just yet.....
Eating raw jelly. Orange squash ice pops.
There were two types of trainers - girls and boys, and Dunlop
Green Flash -
and the only time you wore them at school was for "gym".
You knew everyone in your street - and so did your parents.
It wasn't odd to have two or three "best" friends.
You didn't sleep a wink on Christmas eve.
When nobody owned a pure-bred dog.
When 25p was a decent allowance.
When you'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny.
When nearly everyone's mum was at home when the kids got
It was magic when dad would "remove" his thumb.
When it was considered a great privilege to be taken out to
dinner at a real restaurant with your parents.
When any parent could discipline any kid, or feed him or use
him to carry groceries and nobody, not even the kid, thought
a thing of it.
When being sent to the headmaster's office was nothing
compared to the fate that awaited a misbehaving student at
We were in fear for our lives but it wasn't because of drugs,
muggings, abduction etc.
Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat! -
And some of us are still afraid of them!!
Didn't that feel good?
Just to go back and say, Yeah, I remember that!
Decisions were made by going "Eeny- meeny- miney-mo."
"Race issue" meant arguing about who ran the fastest.
Money issues were handled by whoever was the banker in
The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was
And the worst thing in your day was having to sit next
It was unbelievable that British Bulldog wasn't an Olympic
Having a weapon in school, meant being caught with a
Nobody was prettier than Mum.
Scrapes and bruises were kissed and made better.
Taking drugs meant orange-flavoured chewable aspirin.
Ice cream was considered a basic food group
Getting a foot of snow was a dream come true
Older siblings were the worst tormentors, but also the
If you can remember most or all of these, then you have
Pass this on to anyone who may need a break from their
"grown up" life...
thin is in, but phat is where it's at
I loved this and emailed it to my two sisters. I am from the UK too so found it particularly relevant.
I read an interview in a magazine and the interviewees were asked, what were they scared of when they were a child? One of the answers was "other people's dads". I come from a family of 3 sisters and can remember being in awe of my friend's dads and brothers. I remember going to a friend's birthday party once and refusing to go in the house when her older brother opened the door!
What were you scared of when you were a child? A few thoughts ....
The child-catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Spiders on the stairs
I was (and still am) scared of spiders
The witch out of Chorlton and the Wheelies - Fenella
Taking home my school report, knowing that the comment "could do better" especially for maths, meant TROUBLE
Scared that the whole class will find out who you have a crush on and then torment you for the whole term
thin is in, but phat is where it's at
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