The Good Old Days

You had to De-Frost the Freezer.  Some of us still have to do this, too!  There were no automatic ice-makers back then -- nothing fancy that kept the moisture out.  As such, you'd have to open the door and let it de-frost every so often or the entire freezer would turn to ice!















Sunday afternoons weren't for rest and relaxation.  It's when you hopped in the car and drove around on your "Sunday Drive".  Most days we didn't even have plans, but we always had fun. 











It took some muscle to find get to your favorite radio show.  That's right - it wasn't a dainty little button or digital touch -- you actually had to push in big buttons to make the machine move!  


We did absolutely crazy things on the swings, and no one told us to stop.  And you know what?  We survived. 













Sitting around listening to the night's radio programs was sometimes the highlight of the day.









Before there was Target or Wal-Mart, there was A&P, Woolworths, and the Ben Franklin 5-10.  We have such fond memories of going down to the Ben Franklin and getting candy, toys, just about everything!  They had it all!




Merry-Go-Rounds Were Spiraling Injury Machines - and We Loved Them!   It weighed a ton, was a mixture of iron, steel, and wood, and went way faster than you'd expect.  Sometimes we flew off.  Sometimes we got trapped under it.  But most days we just had the time of our lives. 




Television Stopped at Midnight.  Remember this?  In the 1950's and early 1960's, most stations went dark after midnight and put up a test card signal like this one.  Later on, they would add in the Star Spangled Banner just before going offline for the evening.  Back then the stations didn't have enough content to go 24/7, and even if they did, no one would be up that late!


Sometimes Your Food Came on Skates.  That's right, kids - we'd park our cars at the local diner, and a girl would bring our food out on skates and we'd eat in the car!

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Finding Your Friends' Phone Number in a Book.  No iPhone contact lists back then!  If you needed to get in touch with a buddy or classmate, you'd pull out the white pages and dial 'em up!









You WERE the Remote Control!  Back in the day, if you wanted to change the channel, you had to walk up and push the up and down button.  Sometimes it worked, some days it didn't.  And on the days it didn't, you'd figure it'd probably work tomorrow. 







You Needed Two Keys for Each Car.  One unlocked the doors, and the other one made the car turn on.  Nothing beeped or honked back then, and none of this "warm your car up before you get in it" stuff either!

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And by the way…. these are MY GM keys NOW…. look familiar?

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If you got new clothes or shoes, it was either for Back to School or Easter.  













Passing Notes in Class.  We were very good at folding the notes so small that the teacher could barely notice.  Well, we did occasionally get caught, but that was part of the fun.  No text messaging back then!






TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE   1930s, '40s, 'and 50s, !! 



First, we survived being born to mothers who may have smoked and/or drank  -  While they were pregnant.  


They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes.  


Then, after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs

Covered with bright colored Lead-based paints.  


We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets,  

And, when we rode our bikes,   we had baseball caps,  not helmets, on our heads.  


As infants and children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes.


Riding in the back of a pick- up truck on a warm day was always a special treat.  


We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.  


We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and no one actually died from this.  


We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter, and bacon.

We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar.

And we weren't overweight. 


Because we were always outside playing...that's why!  


We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.  


No one was able to reach us all day.  

— And, we were OKAY.  


We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps  and then ride them down the hill,  only to find out we forgot the brakes…

After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem. 


We did not have Play Stations, Nintendos and X-boxes.

There were  No video games, No 150 channels on cable,  No video movies or DVDs,  No surround-sound or CDs,   No cell phones,  No personal computers,  No Internet and No chat rooms.  



And we went outside and found them!  


We fell out of trees, got cut, Broke bones and Teeth,  And there were No lawsuits  

From those accidents.


We would get Spankings with wooden spoons, switches, ping-pong paddles, 

or just a bare hand, 

And no one would call child services to report abuse.    


We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, 22 rifles for our 12th, rode horses, made up games with sticks and tennis balls, and - although we were told it would happen- we did not put out very many eyes.  


We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them.  


Little League had tryouts   And not everyone  Made the team.  

Those who didn't Had to learn  To deal with Disappointment.     

Imagine that!!  

The idea of a parent bailing Us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!


These generations have Produced some of the best risk-takers,  

Problem solvers, and Inventors ever.  


The past 60 To 85 years have seen an explosion of innovation and new ideas..  


We had freedom, Failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.  



Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it ?  


                                                                     © Michelle Young 2012