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Trading Memories.....

Close your eyes,  And go back . . .

Before the Internet or the MAC,

Before semi-automatics and crack.

Before chronic and indo;

Before SEGA or Super Nintendo.

Way back. . .

I'm talkin' bout hide and go seek at dusk.

Sittin' on the porch, hot bread and butter.

Eatin' a 'super-dooper sandwich' (Dagwood)

Red light! Green light!!

Chocolate milk.  Lunch tickets.

Penny candy in a brown paper bag.

Hopscotch, butterscotch, doubledutch, Jacks,
kickball, dodgeball,
y'all!

Mother, May I?

Hula Hoops and Sunflower Seeds, Jaw breakers,
blowpops, Mary Janes.

Running through the sprinkler!!

(I can't get wet! All right; well, don't wet my
hair....)

The smell of the sun and lickin' salty lips....

Wait. . .

Catchin' lightening bugs in a jar.

Playin sling shot and Red Rover.

When around the corner seemed far away,

And going downtown seemed like going somewhere.

Bedtime,  Climbing trees, a million mosquito bites
and sticky fingers,

Cops and Robbers, Cowboys and Indians, Sittin on
the curb.

Jumpin down the steps, Jumpin on the bed. Pillow
fights.

Being tickled to death; Runnin till you were out
of breath.

Laughing so hard that your stomach hurt!!

Being tired from playin'....   Remember that?

I ain't finished just yet . . .

What about the girl that had the big bubbly hand
writing??

Licking the beaters when your mother made a cake.

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

Yeah, I remember that!

Remember when . . .

When there were two types of sneakers for girls
and boys (Keds &  PF
Flyers), and the only time you wore them at
school, was for "gym."

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

When nobody owned a purebred dog.

When a quarter was a decent allowance, and another
quarter a huge
bonus.

When you'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny.

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

When your mom wore nylons that came in two pieces.

When all of your male teachers wore neckties and
female teachers had
their hair done, everyday.

When you got your windshield cleaned, oil checked,
and gas pumped,
without asking, for free, every time.

And, you didn't pay for air.  And, you got trading
stamps to boot!

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

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

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.

Disapproval of our parents and grandparents was a
much bigger threat!

If you can remember any of these things, I smile
with you.
Pass this on to people you care about, it will
make them smile too!!

Talk of these things to your children. Don't let
these memories fade
away completely. Just talking to your children,
friends, or loved ones,
and trading memories is a joy.

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