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    If you....
    - were raised on hee haw,
    - had a crush on any of the dukes,
    - only watched cartoons on saturday morning,
    - played in the dirt,
    - got you butt whipped with a belt or had to pick out your own switch,
    - had a rotary phone,
    - had 5 tv channels,
    - school started with the “pledge”,
    - had a bedtime,
    - rode in back of pickup trucks,
    - recorded the top 40 from radio on cassette tapes,
    - played in the creek,
    - rode your bike all day without a helmet,
    - and you still turned out ok...
    - re-post this and remember the good times!!...
    ~ I'm a Blessed Nanna to 2 Grandsons & 5 Granddaughters & 1 grandson in law ~
    ~ I'm a Blessed Mom to DS & DDIL, DD & DSIL ~
    ~ Mom to 1 black beauty now ~ Daisy ~
    ~ God Bless the USA ~ God Bless Our Troops ~

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    the only thing I didn't do was to ride in a pickup. rode my bike all day, at least 5 miles or a more a day on Saturday, never had a helmet on either. we had no creek but we had sumps that were filled with water and tadpoles. that was always fun to hunt them down.
    put off till tomorrow what you can do today, and if you procrastinate long enough, you may never have to do it.

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    They were the good old days! You said please and thank you, asked if you could be excused from the table, and cleared your dishes without being told. You addressed adults as ma'am, or sir, and "minded" what any neighborhood parent told you to do! We could not change the TV channel, or answer the phone without permission...boy I miss thse days!!

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    You are definitely younger than Hubby and I!
    ...Did not have 5 channels(Daddy got one of the first tv's in our town)
    ...Did not have cassettes...got my first transister radio in grade school
    ...Did not have Hee-Haw or the dukes
    Lived in a small town so walked most places(and felt safe doing it)

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    I remember going "downtown" (city of over 100,000) on the bus by myself when I was about 10. And standing outside my friends house "calling" her. You never went and knocked on the door or rang the bell! We were so excited when we got a private phone line, and a cord that was 25 feet long! We could actually go to another room and talk on the phone. I remember getting our first TV, and when dad worked overtime, mom would put throw rugs down in front of it and let us eat supper watching TV. Don't remember what we watched, but probably Howdy Doody. I remember mom ironing sheets on a "mantle" The thing was huge and took up the back wall of our kitchen. Sure would like to have that now to iron fabric!
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    Yep, agree and/or did all of them. And turned out to be a respectable, happy person.

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    Same here!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by Bobbielinks View Post
    Yep, agree and/or did all of them. And turned out to be a respectable, happy person.

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    I don't remember most of these things because I didn't do them. I did have a rotary phone and as a child I did have a bedtime. That is about all I have in common with this list. Maybe it is because I grew up in the city of LA.
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    G = girl R =raised I = in T = the S = South

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    Yes, I remember a lot of the things on your list. But mostly I remember the sounds, the lovely soft sounds.....cothes flapping in the breeze on the clothesline, someone mowing their lawn with a rotary mower, crickets chirping, birds splashing in the bird bath, someone clipping hedges with old fashioned hedge clippers, bees buzzing in the flower beds, locust buzzing in the trees, someone's little rotary fan humming, a trolley bus stopping at the corner, children laughing. You could lie on your back in the grass and see what objects you could find in the clouds. Now I'm inundated with noise....air conditioners, clothes dryers, loud music and rap blaring from open car windows, super powerful and loud mowers deemed necessary to mow a postage size yard, cars with loud mufflers, electric hedge trimmers, etc.

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    Ah the good old days...............
    My prized possession was a little record player and I played the same songs over and over. (Also had a huge crush on one of the guys on the show "Emergency" and spent much time daydreaming about running away to California ) )
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    I remember all of this. I also remember popping tar bubbles in road on hot summer days. Playing in the old wash tub as well as the creek. Playing outside in winter was fun. Do kids today even know what a snowman or angel is? I did grow up making and having fun.
    Just remembered playing with paper dolls to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ManiacQuilter2 View Post
    I don't remember most of these things because I didn't do them. I did have a rotary phone and as a child I did have a bedtime. That is about all I have in common with this list. Maybe it is because I grew up in the city of LA.
    Identified with most items/behaviors listed ... and I grew up next door to LA in Pasadena, CA .... guess I'm a lot older
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    We only had TWO stations, and PBS sometimes!

    I fondly remember leaving the front door and windows open all night so the cool air coming through the screens could help us sleep. We just had fans. Now it doesn't even cool down at night and it's not safe to leave your door open.
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    We only had four TV channels that we had to get up to change. I remember walking everywhere. I remember having to duck under our school desks for drills or run out in to the hall and cover our heads, safety patrol and getting in to trouble for trying to look in to a barber shop window. (Girls weren't allowed) Milk at school was 5 cents. I had saddle shoes that I hated and crinolines The list goes on and on.
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    I remember those things too,, except we called the creek a crick. I had roller skates with a skate key and we had a party line. I loved paper dolls! We played with brothers and sisters because we lived in the country on a farm and our nearest neighbors lived a mile away. And those kids were dumb anyway! We played school or house and even sometimes church (my sisters and I took turns being the priest!) most days during the summer. I babysat for 25 cents an hour. Oh well...I also belonged to the generation that would never amount to much because of rock'n roll.

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    I wasn't very bright when it came to picking out the switch. Like a dummy I always went for the little one. LOL
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    I remember the old wooden screen doors and how they sounded when they opened and banged shut; 10¢ paper scrapbooks that we filled wth clipped pictures from movie magazines of our favorite movie stars; watching my mother use a wooden pole to pick individual pieces of clothing from the scalding hot, sudsy soap water to feed through the wringer of the washer to prepare for rinsing; movies for a quarter on Saturday where we saw the current newsreel, sometimes not one but two cartoons and two full feature films; I cashed in pop bottles I found for a nickel a piece and when I got a quarter I could buy either an Archie or a Donald Duck comic for 10¢, a double decker Gem City ice cream cone for 10¢ and a Reese's peanut butter cup for a nickel; canned goods stacked in rows on an inclined shelf and you took the bottom one and the next one in line rolled down and took it's place; soda fountains and nectar sodas; frost malt machines; big chocolate malts that came in heavy, tall, fan folded paper containers; waiting your turn at the meat counter in the grocery to get hand cut meat and nothing came prepackaged; playing jacks; Audobon (sp?) Society pamphlets we got at school on a regular basis highlighting a single bird in gorgeous color and telling us all about them; stores run by locals, not conglomerates; gym class and our blue bloomers!!!

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    I was never spanked with a belt or a switch but the flyswatter was my mom's "friend" and she wasn't above using those paddles that had a ball attached to them once the elastic string broke either! My dad never spanked me. He just sent me to my room to think about what I did wrong and by the time he got in there to spank me I was crying so hard he couldn't do it. My world revolved around my daddy. I was his fishing/hunting/mushroom gathering buddy.
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    I remember sledding down hills on pieces of cardboard, ice skating on the river, catching tadpoles in the quarry,catching butterflies and having them mounted, telephone party lines, along with all the other things mentioned. But my favorite was watching American Bandstand with Dick Clark. My favorites on their were Kenny and Arlene!

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    Wonnie....we lived much of the same life !!!!

    We rode the streetcar to the next town on Saturday to spend the day at the movies...just me and my brother - i was 9 and he was 5 !!
    Catching fireflies on a summer night....or playing "ghost in the graveyard"....IF you were allowed to stay out after the street lights came one... Hanging clothes on the line in the yard - and using the clothes prop to raise the line up once the weight of the laundry caused it to sag.....buying hot dogs that were actually made at the local grocery store and strung together like other sausages - and they went "snap" when you bit into them. I was lucky enough to grow up in the town of West View -- where we had OUR VERY OWN amusement park....raking leaves or shoveling snow from walks and steps for 25 cents a house...catching crayfish in the crick....

    You know....words of that song really do hit home..... "" it's not just a different time, it's a different world ""
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    I remember all of this and I think you are referring to your Mom ironing sheets on a mangle. a large machine with a roller and a pressing plate. I used to get to do the flat things

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    Quote Originally Posted by PenniF View Post
    Wonnie....we lived much of the same life !!!!

    We rode the streetcar to the next town on Saturday to spend the day at the movies...just me and my brother - i was 9 and he was 5 !!
    Catching fireflies on a summer night....or playing "ghost in the graveyard"....IF you were allowed to stay out after the street lights came one... Hanging clothes on the line in the yard - and using the clothes prop to raise the line up once the weight of the laundry caused it to sag.....buying hot dogs that were actually made at the local grocery store and strung together like other sausages - and they went "snap" when you bit into them. I was lucky enough to grow up in the town of West View -- where we had OUR VERY OWN amusement park....raking leaves or shoveling snow from walks and steps for 25 cents a house...catching crayfish in the crick....

    You know....words of that song really do hit home..... "" it's not just a different time, it's a different world ""
    Oh, my gosh, PenniF, you brought back more wonderful memories! I had forgotten about the clothes props and catching fireflies at night. And we had an amusement park nearby, too. The roller coaster was wooden and when it sped up and down the track the whole thing would shake something awful. Didn't have a creek to catch crayfish in growing up (lived in the city) but we live in the country now and have a creek running through our front yard ....WITH CRAYFISH!!! My father always told me that you could go anywhere and be anything through the magic of books and he was right. I loved my books and I "traveled" all over the world on the back porch laying on the glider.

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    All your comments take me back. We had a railroad track behind the 1/2 acre garden and loved to play on it. Especially the trestle that crossed the creek. One time the train stopped and my brother and I got to go aboard the caboose. Trains don't even have them anymore. I loved laying out on a blanket on the grass at night and look up at the Milky Way and try to find the big dipper and the north star. I loved paper dolls, and softball, and making mud pies. In the summer, we slept with the windows open and the attic fan brought in a great breeze. We never locked the doors when we went somewhere. For 37 cents, I could ride the bus all the way into the city. I did that alone at 11 yrs. old. I would spend all day, going to the library, window shopping, having a hot dog at the stand up bar. I also remember popping tar bubbles with our toes. We would ride our bicycles for miles, and we could stay out from sun up to sun down and nobody was worried about us. Grandma made us ice-water in a crock that had a push button spigot, so we could get a drink without having to come into the house. I loved Sunday dinners with all the cousins, aunts and uncles.
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