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May 1, 2006
 Hey Mom," one of my boys asked the other day, "What
was  your favorite fast food when you were growing up?"
 
 
"We didn't have fast food when I  was growing up," I
informed him.  "All the food was slow."
 
"C'mon, seriously. Where did you  eat?"
 
"It was a place called 'at home,'" I explained.
"Grandma  cooked every day and when Grandpa got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn't like what she put on my plate I was  allowed to sit there
until I did like it."
 
By this time, my son was laughing so  hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn't  tell
him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table. But  here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I figured  his system could have
handled it:
 
Some parents NEVER owned their own  house, wore Levis, set foot on a golf course, traveled out of the country or had  a credit card.
In their later years they had something called a revolving charge  card.
The card was good only at Sears Roebuck. Or maybe it was Sears AND Roebuck.  Either way, there is no Roebuck anymore. He must have passed away.
 
My parents never drove me to soccer practice. This was mostly 
because we never had heard of soccer. I had a bicycle that
weighed probably 50  pounds, and only had one speed, (slow). We didn't have a television in our house until I was 11, but my grandparents had one before that. It was, of course, 
black and white, but they bought a piece of colored plastic to
cover the screen.  The top third was blue, like the sky, and the bottom third was green, like  grass.
The middle third was red. It was perfect for programs that had scenes of fire trucks riding across someone's lawn on a sunny day.
Some people had a lens taped to the front of the TV to make the picture look larger.
 
I was 13 before I tasted my first pizza, it was called "pizza  pie."
When I  bit into it, I burned the roof of my mouth and the
cheese slid off,  swung down, plastered itself against my chin and burned that, too. It's still the best pizza I ever had.
 
We didn't have a car until I was 15.  Before that, the only car in our family was my grandfather's Ford. He called it a "machine."

I never had a telephone in my room. The only phone in the house was in the living room and it was on a party line. Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you didn't know weren't already using  the line.
 
Pizzas were not delivered to our home. But milk was.
 
All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys
delivered newspapers. My brother delivered a newspaper, six days a week. It cost 7 cents a paper, of which he got to keep 2 cents. He had to get up at 4 AM every morning. On 
Saturday, he had to collect the 42 cents from his customers. His
favorite customers were the ones who gave him 50 cents and told me to keep the change. His least favorite customers were the ones who seemed to never be home on collection day.
 
Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the movies.
Touching someone else's tongue with yours was called French  kissing and they didn't do that in movies. I don't know what they did in French movies.
French movies were dirty and we weren't allowed to see them.
 
If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you  may want to share some of these memories with your children or grandchildren. 
Just don't blame me if they bust a gut laughing.
 
Growing up isn't what it used to be, is it?
 

MEMORIES from a friend:
 
My Dad is cleaning out my grandmother's house (she died in December) and he brought me an old Royal Crown Cola bottle. In the bottle top was a stopper with a bunch of holes in it. I knew  immediately what it was, but my daughter had no idea. She thought they had tried  to make it a salt shaker or
something.
I knew it as the bottle that sat on the end of the ironing board to "sprinkle" clothes with because we didn't have steam irons. Man, I am old.
 
How many do you remember?
 
Head lights dimmer switches on  the floor.
Ignition switches on the dashboard.
Heaters mounted on the inside of the  fire wall.
Real ice boxes.
Pant leg clips for bicycles without  chain guards.
Soldering irons you heat on a gas burner.
Using hand signals for cars  without turn signals.
 
Older Than Dirt Quiz: Count all the ones that you
remember not the ones you were told about.  Ratings at the bottom.
 
1.  Blackjack chewing gum
2. Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water 
3 Candy cigarettes
4. Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles
5 Coffee shops or diners with tableside juke  boxes
6. Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard  stoppers
7. Party lines
8. Newsreels before the  movie
9. P.F.  Flyers
10. Butch wax
11. Telephone numbers with a  word prefix
      (OLive-6933)
12. Peashooters
13. Howdy  Doody
14. 45 RPM records
15. S&H Green  Stamps
16  Hi-fi's
17  Metal ice trays with lever
18 Mimeograph paper
19 Blue flashbulb
20. Packards
21. Roller skate  keys
22. Cork popguns
23. Drive-ins
24. Studebakers
25 Wash tub  wringers
 
If you remembered 0-5 = You're still young
If you  remembered 6-10 = You are getting older
If you remembered 11-15 = Don't tell  your age,
If you remembered 16-25 = You're older than dirt! 

I might be older than dirt but those memories are some of the best part of my life.
 
Don't forget to pass this along!!  Especially to all your really
mature friends....  I took out the  word old!
 
"Senility Prayer"
...God grant me...
The senility to  forget the people I never liked
The good fortune to run into the ones that I  do
And the eyesight to tell the difference."

Have a great week!!! 
GOD Bless ~

P.S. Wish I could take credit for writing this, but I did not!  Most of it brings back good memories!  The pix I choose for this is a pix of my huband Ron's family back in the late 50's or early 60's!  Don't have my glasses (that I only use for reading) on, right now! 
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