Stuff Us Old Folks Remember

It took three minutes for the TV to warm up

Nobody owned a purebred dog

When a quarter was a decent allowance and made with real Silver!

Your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces

You got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped, without asking, all for free, every time and you didn’t pay for air

It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents

They threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed…and they did it!

When a 57 Chevy was everyone’s dream car.. to cruise, peel out, lay rubber or watch submarine races, and people went steady

No one ever asked where the car keys were because they were always in the car, in the ignition, and the doors were never locked

Lying on your back in the grass with your friends and saying things like, ‘That cloud looks like a…’

Playing baseball with no adults to help kids with the rules of the game

Stuff from the store came without safety caps and hermetic seals because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger

And with all our progress, don’t you just wish, just once, you could slip back in time and savor the slower pace, and share it with the children of today

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 greater than the threat.

as well as summers filled with bike rides, Hula hoops, and visits to the pool, and eating Kool-Aid powder with sugar.

Didn’t that feel good, just to go back and say,
‘Yeah, I remember that’?

Remember Howdy Doody and The Peanut Gallery, the Lone Ranger, The Shadow knows, Nellie Bell, Roy and Dale, Trigger and Buttermilk.

Candy cigarettes

Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside.

Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles.
Coffee shops with Table Side Jukeboxes.
Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum.

Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers.

Newsreels before the movie.

Telephone numbers with a word prefix…( Yukon 2-601). Or, some of us remember when there were just 4 numbers with no word prefix at all. And, nearly everyone had a party line.

Peashooters

Hi-Fi’s & 45 RPM records.

78 RPM records!

S&H Green Stamps.

Mimeograph paper and how it smelled

The Fort Apache Play Set.

Remember a Time When…

Decisions were made by going ‘eeny-meeny-miney-moe’
Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, ‘Do Over!’
‘Race issue’ meant arguing about who ran the fastest

Catching The Fireflies Could Happily Occupy An Entire Evening

It wasn’t odd to have two or three ‘Best Friends’

Having a Weapon in School meant being caught with a Slingshot

Saturday morning cartoons weren’t 30-minute commercials for action figures

‘Oly-oly-oxen-free’ made perfect sense

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

The Worst Embarrassment was being picked last for a team

War was a card game

Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle in your imagination

Taking drugs meant orange – flavored chewable aspirin

Water balloons were the ultimate weapon

If you can remember most or all of these, Then You Have Lived!!!!!!!

George Carlin’s Views on Aging

Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we’re kids? If you’re less than 10 years old, you’re so excited about aging that you think in fractions.

‘How old are you?’ ‘I’m four and a half!’ You’re never thirty-six and a half. You’re four and a half, going on five! That’s the key

You get into your teens, now they can’t hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead.

‘How old are you?’ ‘I’m gonna be 16!’ You could be 13, but hey, you’re gonna be 16! And then the greatest day of your life .. . You become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony YOU BECOME 21. YESSSS!!!

But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There’s no fun now, you’re Just a sour-dumpling. What’s wrong? What’s changed?

You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you’re PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it’s all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50 and your dreams are gone.

But wait!!! You MAKE it to 60. You didn’t think you would!

So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and MAKE it to 60.

You’ve built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that it’s a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday!

You get into your 80’s and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30 ; you REACH bedtime. And it doesn’t end there. Into the 90s, you start going backwards; ‘I Was JUST 92.’

Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. ‘I’m 100 and a half!’
May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!

HOW TO STAY YOUNG

  1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay ‘them.’
  2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.
  3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. ‘An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.’ And the devil’s name is Alzheimer’s.
  4. Enjoy the simple things.
  5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.
  6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.
  7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it’s family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.
  8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.
  9. Don’t take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.
  10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

AND ALWAYS REMEMBER:

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,but by the moments that take our breath away.