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because we didn't have the throwaway kind.
But that young lady is right; we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day.
Back then we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every
room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief
(remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana.
In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have
electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile
item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion
But we didn't have the "green thing" back then.
Back then people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes
to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi
service in the family's $45,000 SUV or van, which cost what a whole
house did before the "green thing."
A little house with three bedrooms and one car on the street;
A mower that you had to push to make the grass look neat.
In the kitchen on the wall we only had one phone.
And no need for recording things, someone was always home.
We only had a living room where we would congregate
Unless it was at mealtime in the kitchen where we ate.
We had no need for family rooms or extra rooms to dine
When meeting as a family, those two rooms would work out fine.
We only had one TV set and channels, maybe two.
But always there was one of them with something worth the view.
For snacks we had potato chips that tasted like a chip,
And if you wanted flavor there was Lipton’s onion dip.
Store bought snacks were rare because my mother liked to cook
And nothing can compare to snacks in Betty Crocker’s book.
Weekends were for family trips or staying home to play.
We all did things together—even go to church to pray.
When we did our weekend trips depended on the weather.
No one stayed home alone; we liked to be together.
Sometimes we would separate to do things on our own.
But we knew where the others were without our own cell phone.
Then there were the pictures with your favorite movie star.
And nothing can compare to watching movies in your car.
Of course there were the picnics at the peak of summer season.
Pack a lunch and find some trees and never need a reason.
Get a baseball game together with all the friends you know.
Have real action playing ball and no game video.
Remember when the doctor used to be the family friend
And didn’t need insurance or a lawyer to defend?
The way that he took care of you or what he had to do
Because he took an oath and strived to do the best for you.
Remember going to the store and shopping casually
And when you went to pay for it you used your own money?
Nothing that you had to swipe or punch in some amount;
Remember when the cashier person had to really count?
The milkman used to go from door to door
And it was just a few cents more than going to the store.
There was a time when mailed letters came right to your door
Without a lot of junk mail ads sent out by every store.
The mailman knew each house by name and knew where it was sent.
There were not loads of mail addressed to “present occupant.”
There was a time when just one glance was all that it would take
And you would know the kind of car, the model and the make.
They didn’t look like turtles trying to squeeze out every mile.
They were streamlined, white walls, fins, and really had some style.
One time the music that you played whenever you would jive
Was from a vinyl, big-holed record called a 45.
The record player had a post to keep them all in line
And then the records would drop down and play one at a time.
Oh, sure we had our problems then, just like we do today.
And always we were striving, trying for a better way.
Oh, the simple life we lived still seems like so much fun.
How can you explain the game, just kick the can and run.
And why would boys put baseball cards between bicycle spokes?
And for a nickel, red machines had little bottled cokes.
This life seemed so much easier and slower in some ways.
I love the new technology but I sure miss those days.
So time moves on and so do we, and nothing stays the same.
But I sure love to reminisce and walk down memory lane.
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