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Back when life was real good.

tommie gorman

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E-mail I liked. Great memories. ( Jim )

Close your eyes...And go back...

....Before the Internet or PC or the MAC......

....Before semi-automatics and crack....

....Before Playstation, SEGA, Super Nintendo, even before Atari...

....Before cell phones, CD's, DVD's, voicemail and e-mail.... 

....way back.... 

....way.....way.....way back.....

I'm talkin' bout hide and seek at dusk 

Red light, Green light 

Red Rover....Red Rover.....

Playing kickball & dodgeball until the first...no...second...no...third

Streetlight came on

Ring around the Rosie

  London Bridge, Hot potato and Hop Scotch

Jump rope



Parents stood on the front porch and yelled (or whistled) for you to come home - no pagers or cell phones

Mother May I? and Hula Hoops

Seeing shapes in the clouds

Endless summer days and hot summer nights (no A/C) with the windows open 

The sound of crickets

Running through the sprinkler

Happy Meals

Cereal boxes with that GREAT prize in the bottom

Cracker jacks with the same thing

Ice pops with 2 sticks you could break and share with a friend

...but wait.....there's more....

Watchin' Saturday Morning cartoons

Fat Albert, Road Runner, Smurfs, Picture Pages, G-Force & He-Man,

Schoolhouse Rock

Watchin' Sunday morning oldies (Abbott & Costello, Three Stooges)

Wonder Woman & Super Man Underoos 


Playing Dukes of Hazard

Catchin' lightning bugs in a jar

Christmas morning

Your first day of school

Bedtime Prayers and Goodnight Kisses

Climbing trees

Swinging as high as you could to try and reach the sky

Getting an Ice Cream off the Good Humor Truck

getting a donut form the Helms Backery truck

A million mosquito bites and sticky fingers

Jumpin' down the steps or  Jumpin' on the bed

Pillow fights and Sleep-overs

A 13" black and white TV in your room meant you were RICH

Runnin' till you were out of breath 

Laughing so hard that your stomach hurt

Being tired from PLAYING

WORK: meant taking out the garbage or doing the dishes 

Your first crush or 

Your first kiss (I mean the one that you kept your mouth CLOSED and your eyes OPEN

Rainy days at school meant playing "Heads up 7UP" or hangman" in The classroom, Remember that?

Oh, I'm not finished yet....

Kool-Aid was the drink of the summer and So was a swig from the hose 

Giving your friends a ride on your handlebars

Wearing your new shoes on the first day of school

Class Field Trips with soggy sandwiches

When nearly everyone's mom was at home when the kids got there 

When a quarter seemed like a fair allowance; and another quarter a MIRACLE

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 your parents took you to McDonalds and you were COOL

When being sent to the principal's office was nothing compared to

the fate that awaited you 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! And some of

us are still afraid of em!

Didn't that feel good? Just to go back and say, "Yeah, I remember that!"

Well, let's keep going!!

Let's go back to the time when...

Decisions were made by going "eeny-meeny-miney-mo"

Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, "do over!"

"Race issues" meant arguing about who ran the fastest. 

Money issues were handled by whoever was the banker in "monopoly"

Catching fireflies could happily occupy an entire evening

It wasn't odd to have two or three "best" friends.

Being old, referred to anyone over 20. (CRAP! I'm officially old!) 

The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was cooties.

Nobody was prettier than Mom

Scrapes and bruises were kissed by mom or grandma and made better 

It was a big deal to finally be tall enough to ride the "big people" rides at the amusement park. 

Getting a foot of snow was a dream come true.

Abilities were discovered because of a "double-dog-dare"

Spinning around, getting dizzy and falling down was cause for giggles.

The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team.

Water balloons were the ultimate, ultimate weapon.

Older siblings were your worst tormentors, but also your fiercest protector 

If you can remember most or all of these, then you have LIVED!!!

Pass this on to anyone who may need a break from their "grown up" life......I TRIPLE DOG DARE YA!!!!!!


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SOme of those are not old. I still do some of them. We still catch lightning bugs in ajar. The youngest lets me know when they are loose in the yard, and brings me a jar.

Christmas morning of course.

Prayers not as much as I would like. My fault.

We still do the kool-aid, when I push the wife hard enough. Cheaper and better. The kids enjoy making it. " I wanna stir"

My daughters still jump at the chance to help me or my wife. At almost anything. (5 and 7  for those who do not know.)

And they still do this. "Decisions were made by going "eeny-meeny-miney-mo"  But aI think there is a longer version now. Go figure it would get added on to by now.  :lol:

They still want horsy back rides to bed and upstairs.

Kite flying is still a big thrill in March.

They enjoy watching me climb through a cherry tree to get the cherries before the birds. And then deseeding 5 gallons of cherries just to make 2 or 3 pies. And then they say it is the best they have ever eaten anywhere.

Picking apples and pears to eat fresh off of the tree. (3 pear trees, and a green apple, and 2 red apple tree's and one cherry )

Riding bikes down the street with me.

Watching everything they are into. Activities. And later talking about all the pics I took. And then wanting to see the old ones too.

Making their room so they can go to DQ for a treat. The winner only. I get special time that way, one on one. Sometimes I feel guilty. Just tonight I counted the stickers on their calenders of last year.

The oldest got over 200.

The youngest got over 100.

One for the bed, the second for clean room also. They do make me proud everyday.

Just the 2 of them having a slumber party. They do fight, but honestly, they love each other more.  :kiss:  *tears* god I enjoy my kids.

Yes I added a few. Because I can and do.  :azn:

I guess I am saying "We are the memory makers".   :smitten:

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  Man I tell ya , What happend?

We all grew up (well the others did if you ask my wife) :haha:, and got jobs , went to work , and low and behold, here we are. This tell us we need to remember these things and most of all, be selfless, and "It's all about the kids"Those were some good times, although I never did the red-rover thing????????? or kick the can , hell, now im just hopin to avoid kickin the bucket to soon  :2funny: :2funny:

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