Back When I Was A Kid

Cars were very colorful and some were even pastels or pink.

We would get dressed up for birthday parties and sometime there was even a pony.

We would play in the street and our parents didn’t worry about us being kidnapped.

Gas was really cheap. A dollar or two would get you pretty far and the attendant even washed your windows and checked your oil. (I know, this was my summer job when I was in high school.)

When TV stations went off the air they would show a test pattern.

Hula hoops were the rage.

Girls passed notes all the time. Today the text each other.

These coolers were filled with ice-cold circulating water, so the drinks almost hurt when you first took a swig.

You could find most anything at a five and dime store. I used to go to them with my Nana, would would always get me something.

If you were lucky, you had a TV in the living room. Black and white at first, then color that wasn’t really very good. Wow, how things have changed.

Records were a major form of entertainment for kids of all ages.
Yes, things were a lot simpler, AND SAFER, back then.

The Best Things in Life

  1. Falling in love.
  2. Laughing so hard your face hurts.
  3. A hot shower after a good workout.
  4. No lines at Costco.
  5. A special glance from someone special.
  6. Taking a drive on a pretty road.
  7. Hearing your favorite song on the radio.
  8. Lying in bed listening to the rain outside.
  9. Hot towels out of the dryer.
  10. Finding that something you want is on sale for half price.
  11. A chocolate milkshake.
  12. Giggling.
  13. A good conversation.
  14. The beach.
  15. Finding a $20 bill in your coat from last winter.
  16. Laughing at yourself.
  17. Late night phone calls that last for hours.
  18. Running through sprinklers.
  19. Laughing for absolutely no reason at all.
  20. Having someone tell you that you’re beautiful or handsome.
  21. Laughing at an inside joke.
  22. Friends.
  23. Falling in love for the first time.
  24. Accidentally overhearing someone say something nice about you.
  25. Waking up and realizing you still have a few hours left to sleep.
  26. Your first kiss.
  27. Making new friends or spending time with old ones.
  28. Playing with a new kitten or puppy.
  29. Sweet dreams.
  30. Hot chocolate.
  31. Road trips with friends.
  32. Swinging on swings.
  33. Watching a good movie with someone you love.
  34. Wrapping presents under the Christmas tree while eating cookies and drinking eggnog.
  35. Getting butterflies in your stomach every time you see that one person.
  36. Making eye contact with an attractive stranger.
  37. Winning a really competitive game.
  38. Eating chocolate chip cookies!
  39. Having your friends send you homemade cookies!
  40. Spending time with close friends!
  41. Seeing smiles and hearing laughter from your friends.
  42. Holding hands with someone you care about.
  43. Running into an old friend and realizing that some things (good or bad) never change.
  44. Discovering that love is unconditional and stronger than time.
  45. Riding the best roller coasters over and over.
  46. Hugging the person you love.
  47. Watching the expression someone’s face as they open a much-desired present from you.
  48. Watching the sunrise.
  49. Getting out of bed every morning and being thankful for another beautiful day.
  50. Your dog running to you with a ball in its mouth when you return home.

Gracie