Teens (1910s)







Close your eyes.....And go back in time....

Before the Internet or semiautomatics and crack

Before SEGA or Super Nintendo... Way back........

I'm talking about hide and seek at dusk. The Good Humor man,
Red light, green light.

The corner store. Hopscotch, butterscotch, doubledutch, jacks, kickball, dodgeball. Mother May I?

Red Rover and Roly Poly, Hula Hoops, Running through the sprinkler,

The smell of the sun and licking salty lips....

Wax lips and mustaches. An ice cream cone on a warm summer night, Chocolate or vanilla or strawberry or maybe butter pecan. A cherry coke from the fountain at the corner drug store.

When laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box.

When nearly everyone's Mom was at home when the kids got there.

When it took five minutes for the TV to warm up, if you even had one.

When your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces.

It was magic when dad would "remove" his thumb.

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

When girls neither dated nor kissed until late high school, if then.

When all of your male teachers wore neck ties and female teachers had their hair done.

When any parent could discipline any kid, or feed him or use him to carry groceries, and nobody, not even the kid, thought a thing of it.

When they threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed ..and did!

When being sent to the principal's office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited a misbehaving 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! And some of us are still afraid of them!!!

Didn't that feel good.. just to go back and say,
Yeah, I remember that